Consultancies

The firm carries out consultancy work on legislative drafting for donor funded legislative reform.

The firm provides advice to international firms on the Gambian regulatory environment including tax issues, assists in bidding processes and facilitating project implementation. It also undertakes consultancy work for government or donor agencies on governance or human rights related issues


The Growth and Competitiveness Project (GCP)

Year: October – December 2013
Location: Banjul
Client: International Development Agency – World Bank

Main Project Features:
The objective of this assignment is to review the GIEPA Act 2010 and Regulations 2012 taking into account the lessons learnt, feedback from stakeholders, the current business environment. Key Government policies affecting investments and develop a revised act and regulations in line with international best practice to encourage and support private sector led growth. The Revised Act and Regulations should be clear and concise, harmonized and consistent with other laws and regulations. This project requires a review of the (Gambia Investment and Export Promotion Act) GIEPA Act 2010, GIEPA Regulations 2012 and other relevant laws and regulations of The Gambia in line with international best practice and our national vision and development aspiration.

Land Governance Assessment Framework

Year: November 2012 – May 2013
Location: Banjul
Client: World Bank

Main Project Features:
Implementing the Land Governance Assessment Framework in The Gambia
Position Held: Country Coordinator
Activities performed:

  • Assessing the Legal and Institutional Framework for Land Governance including Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management
  • Coordinating Country Experts to conduct an assessment of 5 Land Governance thematic areas including Land Use Planning, Valuation and Taxation, Public Land Management, Public Provision of Land information and Forestry.
  • Organise and conduct 8 workshop panels on different subject areas
  • Organising National Validation Workshop
  • Preparing workshop Report, Draft Report and Final national Report

Modernising of the Business and Secured Lending Registration Systems of The Gambia

Year: 2012 – 2013
Location: Banjul
Client: World Bank

Main Project Features:
Draft Legislation for the establishment of a Single Window Business Registry and to streamline and simplify the Regulatory Processes relating to Business Registry and Registration of Collaterals
Position Held: Legal Consultant with Alfa XP Team – International Consultant
Activities performed:

  • Review the existing Legislative Framework for Business Organisation and Start-up and replace the Business Registration Act with a Single Window Business Regulation Framework.
  • Amend the Company, License and Social Security and Housing Finance Acts.
  • Put in place a new Regulatory Framework to support the Single Window Registry operations.
  • Put in place a legal framework to support implementation of a modern system of financing secured by moveable assets.
  • Develop a modern secured transactions law and related coordinating legislation.
  • Assist the Government with the development of the implementing regulation for the law.
  • Assist the Government with the development of regulations for operation of the registry.

National Water and Electricity Company Ltd Consultancy for Staff Audit and Institutional Assessment

Year: 2011 – 2012
Location: Banjul
Client: National Water and Electricity Company Ltd

Main Project Features:
Conduct a staff audit and institutional assessment of the company to review and assess the staffing level and organisational structure of the company, with specific reference to staff numbers and functional responsibilities of the various divisions in the company. The audit examined amongst other matters staff competence, adequacy, redeployment and re-training where necessary in order to improve efficiency.
Position Held: Co-consultant
Activities performed:

  • Review all relevant reports, studies, policy statements, laws and regulations developed by or for the Gambia with specific reference to staffing within the public enterprises and international best practices within the industry.
  • Examine the current organisational structures and recommend one that was most responsive to NAWEC’s operations and service delivery responsibilities.
  • Undertake an assessment of the organisational and operational structure of NAWEC and provide a plan for achieving a competent workforce profile without increasing personnel and administrative cost.
  • Follow a rational and structured process to identify staff to be retrained, redeployed, reduced and/or expanded.
  • Recommend the options available in terms of staff reductions, retraining and redeployment to enhance efficiency and productivity.
  • In the case of staff reduction, come up with strategies in terms of the overall cost of voluntary redundancy packages and how they would be funded. Include plans for repaying internal borrowing; the timing of payments to reduce overall cost; the cost of making long serving staff redundant and the consideration of the ease of administration of various options.

Develop Legislative Framework for Financial Reporting in The Gambia

Year: 2010 – 2011
Location: Banjul
Client: World Bank

Main Project Features:
Drafted a framework legislation for the regulation of the accounting profession, establish an Institute of Chartered Accountants and Financial Oversight Reporting Board
Position Held: Co-consultant with World Bank Financial expert
Activities performed:

  • Reviewed existing legislation for input into ROSC study to appraise financial reporting infrastructure
  • Developed concept paper for a proposed draft law for presentation to Government and select group of stakeholders
  • Drafted a Financial Reporting Law and held consultative meetings with different stakeholders to review draft bill
  • Assisted Governor of Central Bank to organise validation workshop

Judicial Reform

Year: 2006 – 2007
Location: Gambia
Client: DIFID UK Government

Main Project Features:
Preparation of Legislation on self accounting for the Judiciary, Judges Salaries and Judicial Service Commission Regulations.
Position Held: Consultant
Activities performed:

  • Held sector wide consultations.
  • Proposed drafts
  • Organised consultative workshops for the consideration of the drafts
  • Finalised and submitted drafts

Legal Sector Reform

Year: 2004
Location: Gambia
Client: CBEMP – Capacity Building for Economic Management Project World Bank Project

Main Project Features:
Preparation of a Legal Sector Strategy for The Gambia covering the Judiciary including the Islamic Court System and customary Courts and the Department of State for Justice and Civil Society
Position Held: Consultant
Activities performed:

  • Assisted Judiciary in the preparation of legal sector strategic document covering a five year period

Review and revise legislation for collection of national statistics

Year: 2004
Location: Gambia
Client: CBEMP Capacity Building for Economic Management Project (CBEMP) funded by the World Bank

Main Project Features:
Review National Statistics Legislation to Establish National Statistics Bureau. Also drafted implementation regulations
Position Held: Legal Expert
Activities performed:

  • Worked with FJP consultants to produce a report on the status of the statistics law.
  • Drafted new law and regulations

Local Government Reform

Year: 2001-2002
Location: Gambia
Client: European Development Fund (EDF)

Main Project Features:
Review all Local Government Legislation to put in place a decentralized system for
local government to give effect to the decentralisation policy
Position Held: Legal Expert
Activities performed:

  • Worked with team of EU consultants to translate local government reform into law.
  • Produced a comprehensive local government law which consolidated all previous legislation
  • Also drafted local government Finance and Audit Law

Preparation of Statutes for the establishment of the African Itinerant College

Year: 2000
Location: Gambia
Client: UNESCO

Main Project Features:
Position Held: Consultant
Activities performed:

  • Drafting of statutes and rules

Rural Development Programme for The Gambia

Year: 1999
Location: Gambia
Client: European Development Fund (EDF)

Main Project Features:Legal input into the project
Position Held: Consultant
Activities performed:

  • Appraisal of the legal framework for rural development.
  • Assisted in drafting policy framework for the reform of the Local Government System.

Commonwealth Access to Justice Programme

Year: 1996
Location: London
Client: Commonwealth Secretariat

Main Project Features:Preparation of a Workshop Programme on Access to Justice to be conducted in various Countries in the Caribbean African and Pacific Regions of the Commonwealth.
Position Held: Member of team of experts
Activities performed:

  • Reviewed studies carried out in Commonwealth Africa and the Caribbean on access to justice and the application of administrative law
  • Produced a report on the way forward

Evaluation of Administrative Law Workshops conducted in Zambia, Malawi, Seychelles, Lesotho and Botswana during 1992-1995

Year: 1996
Location: Zambia, Malawi, Seychelles, Lesotho and Botswana
Client: Commonwealth Secretariat

Main Project Features:Survey an appraisal of workshops impact and follow up activities
Position Held: Consultant
Activities performed:

  • Developed questionnaires and conducted a survey in the various countries
  • Wrote a Report for the Secretariat

Reform of electoral systems and processes and constitutional review

Year: 1995
Location: Gambia
Client: UNDP

Main Project Features:Preparation of project support document
Position Held: Local Consultant
Activities performed:

  • Reviewed laws and policy documents on need for electoral and constitutional reform
  • Prepared an annotated outline on Comprehensive Governance Programme for The Gambia; and provide input into design of Planned National Governance workshop after transition to multi party democracy.