The ALSF adopted on October 21, 2019, its revised Procurement Manual for the acquisition of consulting services required for the implementation of a project or other assignment financed, in part or in whole, by the ALSF. The revised Manual also aims to allow for the establishment of a Panel of preselected law firms for the provision of advisory services and the development of capacity building activities to the ALSF’s beneficiary countries. The establishment of the ALSF Legal Panel through Framework Agreements is intended to increase the efficiency of the operations of the Facility. By standardizing and pre-negotiating its engagement terms, the ALSF can manage more efficiently its project costs, better allocate its resources, develop synergies, reduce duplication and thus provide better assistance to beneficiary countries.
The Framework Agreements were signed with the law firms who are members of Panel A (law firms with international expertise), on October 16, 2019, following a competitive process that lasted several months.
Panel A is divided into five distinct lots, each of which covers expertise in a specific sector of intervention of the ALSF. The law firms constituting Panel A can only provide services for projects under the lot(s) for which they have been pre-selected.
The lots are the following:
The lots are intended to cover almost all of the areas falling within the scope of the ALSF's mandate. In the event that the ALSF needs expertise not covered by any of the five lots, it can invite law firms that are members or not members of the ALSF Panel to submit proposals for this specific project. Procurement of consultancy services outside of the ALSF Panel only occurs in exceptional situations.
The competitive process for the establishment of Panel B (law firms with local expertise in African jurisdictions and licensed to practice in those jurisdictions) is expected to be launched in 2021.