A Note from the Chairman
This will be the seventeenth year that the International Law Institute African Center of Legal Excellence (ILI-ACLE) has been in operation on the African Continent. The last year has been yet another successful year for us. Our vision continues to be the promotion of good governance underscored by a public and private sector capable of managing national affairs whether in finance, public sector reform, or in complex trade negotiations in a bilateral or in a multilateral context – ultimately, the goal is to ensure that Africans and their institutions can participate on equal footing with all others throughout the world. The footing is getting more secure. And it is a fact, as our Vice Chairman, Swithin Munyantwali, points out, that seven of the ten fastest growing economies in the world are in Africa. It is also a fact, however, that these developments continue to require a firm grasp of the issues towards ensuring the existence of stable legal systems and accompanying legal frameworks, as well as creating the building blocks necessary for the sustainability of the pillars of government – and in these difficult financial times, ensuring that strong corporate governance exists in all aspects of public and private sector dealings.
As in the past we are grateful for the support of our alumni, staff, board, and private and public partners, whom we shall continue to rely on in coming endeavors this decade.
Prof. Don Wallace
CHAIRMAN of the INTERNATIONAL LAW INSTITUTE