A discussion regarding contracts between African governments and foreign investors will be led by Peter Rosenblum, director of the Human Rights Institute at Columbia Law School and the Lieff, Cabraser, Heimann & Bernstein Clinical Professor in Human Rights. He will engage panelists in a discussion around the trade-offs African governments make in order to attract investors (e.g. providing tax breaks), the returns from the governments’ perspective (revenues, infrastructure) and the impact such agreements can have on populations (economic, social, and environmental). The conversation will also focus on the foreign investor’s perspective and the challenges, real or imagined, of doing business in Africa.
Howard Steinberg – Partner, Shearman & Sterling LLP
Clement Fondufe – Partner, Latham & Watkins LLP
Peter Rosenblum – Professor, Columbia University