The Belt and Road Initiative in Africa

12 Dec 2019

Paris English

In the first joint event of the ICC Africa Commission and the ICC Belt and Road Commission, hear from leading experts from different fields, including law, public policy, and business, on the Belt and Road Initiative in Africa - promises, challenges and dispute resolution. The experts will examine these issues from both African and Asian perspectives.

Who should attend?

Practising lawyers, corporate counsel, arbitrators, mediators, business professionals and academics from around the world.

13:30 – 14:00


14:00 – 14:15

Introduction / Welcome Remarks

  • Alex Fessas
  • Justin D'Agostino
  • Ndanga Kamau

14:15 – 15:45

Panel 1: The BRI in Africa - promises and challenges

This panel will examine the promise and challenges of Chinese investment in infrastructure and other initiatives in Africa. Topics will include the ways in which investments are financed and structured, the social and economic impact of such investments, and incidental economic and corporate effects on other industries such as shipping and technology.


  • Mohamed S. Abdel Wahab, Founding Partner, Zulficar & Partners (Cairo, Egypt)


  • Laurence Franc-Menget
  • Huini Li
  • Tunde Ogunseitan

15:45 – 16:00

Coffee break

16:00 – 17:30

Panel 2: The BRI in Africa – Dispute Resolution: Perspectives from Africa and Asia

This panel will focus on the various types of disputes that may arise in the course of investments into Africa. It will explore the suitability of available methods of dispute resolution including hybrids such as arb-med-arb, and highlight recent developments such as Hong Kong – Mainland Arrangement on Interim Measures. Experts on this panel will also compare the appropriateness of various institutions available for BRI disputes, including the ICC, regional institutions, and the newly-minted commercial courts in China.


  • Paul Tan


  • Mouhamed Kebe
  • Alya Ladjimi
  • Jingzhou Tao

17:30 – 17:45

Concluding Remarks

  • Justin D’Agostino
  • Ndanga Kamau

Justin D’Agostino

Executive Partner, Herbert Smith Freehills, Chair, ICC Belt and Road Commission (Hong Kong)

Alexander G. Fessas

Secretary General, ICC International Court of Arbitration, Director, ICC Dispute Resolution Services (Paris, France)

Laurence Franc-Menget

Partner, Herbert Smith Freehills (Paris, France)

Ndanga Kamau

Founder, Ndanga Kamau Law, President, ICC Africa Commission (The Hague, Netherlands | Nairobi, Kenya)

Mouhamed Kebe

Partner, Geni & Kebe (Dakar, Senegal) 

Alya Ladjimi

Manager, ICC International Centre for ADR (Paris, France)

Huini Li

Partner, Adamas Law Firm (Shanghai, China | Paris, France)

Tunde Ogunseitan

Counsel, ICC International Court of Arbitration (Paris, France)

Paul Tan

Partner, Rajah & Tann (Singapore)

Jingzhou Tao

Partner, Dechert (Beijing, China)

Mohamed Abdel Wahab

Founding Partner, Zulficar & Partners (Cairo, Egypt)


Conseil Economique, Social et Environnemental

1, place d’Iena, Salle 301

75016 PARIS

For further information, please contact: 

Ms. Vera He