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Adams & Adams provides international and local clients with world-class legal services and advice in the fields of intellectual property and other commercial fields in most countries on the African continent.

TANZANIA | REGISTRY GOES ONLINE

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MOROCCO | REGISTRATION AND RENEWAL CERTIFICATES NOW ISSUED ELECTRONICALLY

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NAMIBIA INTRODUCES NEW INDUSTRIAL PROPERTY ACT

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TRADE MARKS IN ETHIOPIA | WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

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YES AND NO | CONFUSION OVER SIERRA LEONE'S NEW TRADE MARKS ACT

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TUNISIA AND SOMALIA JOIN COMESA

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TUNISIA AND SOMALIA JOIN COMESA

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ESWATINI | SWAZILAND NAME CHANGE MADE OFFICIAL BY NOTICE IN GAZETTE

The name change from Swaziland to eSwatini has been made official by Legal Notice No. 80 of 2018 published in the Gazette of 11 May 2018. However, the validity of the name change has now been challenged by the Institute for Democracy and Leadership in Swaziland.

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7 KEY INSIGHTS ON ZIMBABWE'S NEW IP POLICY AND IMPLEMENTATION STRATEGY

On 28 June 2018, Zimbabwe launched its first ever National Intellectual Property Policy and Implementation Strategy (“the Policy”). This Policy was drafted with assistance from WIPO and involved interface meetings and workshops with various stakeholders.

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TRADE MARK PROTECTION IN RWANDA | WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

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THE PROTECTION OF WELL-KNOWN TRADE MARKS IN ANGOLA

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URGENT NOTICE REGARDING LIBYA TRADEMARKS OFFICE

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NETWORK MEETING DISCUSSES ROLE OF IP IN EMERGING ECONOMIES

The Africa Network Meeting brings together intellectual property practitioners and registry officials, representing 23 jurisdictions, for the largest summit of its kind on the continent.

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BOTSWANA | REGISTRY INTERRUPTION EXPECTED

The Botswana Companies and Intellectual Property Authority (CIPA) is relocating to its new offices in Gaborone during the period of 28 September 2018 to 28 October 2018.

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NIGERIA | NATIONAL STRIKE WILL AFFECT REGISTRY OPERATIONS

Adams & Adams' Associate Office in Lagos, Nigeria, has advised our professionals of two significant events that will result in the temporary closure of the Trade Marks Registry in that country

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Malawi's new Trademarks Act is now in force

In terms of Malawi's new Trademarks Act, it is compulsory to file a declaration of intention to use at the time of filing an application. We therefore suggest that all new applications be accompanied by a declaration of intention to use, in order to avoid problems when filing an application.

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A 'Triple Distilled' Summary of recent Trade Mark SCA Cases

In the past twelve months, South Africa's Supreme Court of Appeal has handed down four judgments concerning trade marks. Adams & Adams Partner and Chairman, Gérard du Plessis, provides insight into the repercussions of those outcomes for trade mark owners. Watch the video presentation.

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Angola has initiated a fresh process to revise its Industrial Property Law

It is still early days in the revision process of the Angolan Industrial Property Law Act. The purpose of the new draft bill is to bring the current Industrial Property Law, which was enacted in 1992, in line with international standards.

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Morocco now permits the recordal of trade mark rights directly with customs authorities

It is now possible for owners of trade marks locally registered in Morocco - as well as international registrations designating Morocco - to record a suspension application at the customs authorities, requesting the seizure or suspension of any counterfeit products bearing their trade mark.

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Kenya's IP Registry has moved to new offices

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Sierra Leone's much-anticipated Trade Marks Act sputters to life

The Sierra Leone IP Registry has now indicated that that is applying the Trade Marks Act No. 8 of 2014 (the new Act). This follows a long period of uncertainty concerning the applicable trademark legislation in Sierra Leone.

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Goods and Services Classification update for OAPI

The OAPI IP Office recently published a notice informing trade mark owners, agents and all other users of the OAPI regional system that the Trade Marks Registry applies the current version of the Nice Classification system as adopted by WIPO, namely the 11th edition (2019 version).

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Goods and Services Classification update for OAPI

The OAPI IP Office recently published a notice informing trade mark owners, agents and all other users of the OAPI regional system that the Trade Marks Registry applies the current version of the Nice Classification system as adopted by WIPO, namely the 11th edition (2019 version).

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Goods and Services Classification update for OAPI

The OAPI IP Office recently published a notice informing trade mark owners, agents and all other users of the OAPI regional system that the Trade Marks Registry applies the current version of the Nice Classification system as adopted by WIPO, namely the 11th edition (2019 version).

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Goods and Services Classification update for OAPI

The OAPI IP Office recently published a notice informing trade mark owners, agents and all other users of the OAPI regional system that the Trade Marks Registry applies the current version of the Nice Classification system as adopted by WIPO, namely the 11th edition (2019 version).

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Goods and Services Classification update for OAPI

The OAPI IP Office recently published a notice informing trade mark owners, agents and all other users of the OAPI regional system that the Trade Marks Registry applies the current version of the Nice Classification system as adopted by WIPO, namely the 11th edition (2019 version).

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Goods and Services Classification update for OAPI

The OAPI IP Office recently published a notice informing trade mark owners, agents and all other users of the OAPI regional system that the Trade Marks Registry applies the current version of the Nice Classification system as adopted by WIPO, namely the 11th edition (2019 version).

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Goods and Services Classification update for OAPI

The OAPI IP Office recently published a notice informing trade mark owners, agents and all other users of the OAPI regional system that the Trade Marks Registry applies the current version of the Nice Classification system as adopted by WIPO, namely the 11th edition (2019 version).

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Goods and Services Classification update for OAPI

The OAPI IP Office recently published a notice informing trade mark owners, agents and all other users of the OAPI regional system that the Trade Marks Registry applies the current version of the Nice Classification system as adopted by WIPO, namely the 11th edition (2019 version).

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Goods and Services Classification update for OAPI

The OAPI IP Office recently published a notice informing trade mark owners, agents and all other users of the OAPI regional system that the Trade Marks Registry applies the current version of the Nice Classification system as adopted by WIPO, namely the 11th edition (2019 version).

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Goods and Services Classification update for OAPI

The OAPI IP Office recently published a notice informing trade mark owners, agents and all other users of the OAPI regional system that the Trade Marks Registry applies the current version of the Nice Classification system as adopted by WIPO, namely the 11th edition (2019 version).

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Goods and Services Classification update for OAPI

The OAPI IP Office recently published a notice informing trade mark owners, agents and all other users of the OAPI regional system that the Trade Marks Registry applies the current version of the Nice Classification system as adopted by WIPO, namely the 11th edition (2019 version).

Read more here

Goods and Services Classification update for OAPI

The OAPI IP Office recently published a notice informing trade mark owners, agents and all other users of the OAPI regional system that the Trade Marks Registry applies the current version of the Nice Classification system as adopted by WIPO, namely the 11th edition (2019 version).

Read more here

Goods and Services Classification update for OAPI

The OAPI IP Office recently published a notice informing trade mark owners, agents and all other users of the OAPI regional system that the Trade Marks Registry applies the current version of the Nice Classification system as adopted by WIPO, namely the 11th edition (2019 version).

Read more here

Goods and Services Classification update for OAPI

The OAPI IP Office recently published a notice informing trade mark owners, agents and all other users of the OAPI regional system that the Trade Marks Registry applies the current version of the Nice Classification system as adopted by WIPO, namely the 11th edition (2019 version).

Read more here

Goods and Services Classification update for OAPI

The OAPI IP Office recently published a notice informing trade mark owners, agents and all other users of the OAPI regional system that the Trade Marks Registry applies the current version of the Nice Classification system as adopted by WIPO, namely the 11th edition (2019 version).

Read more here

Goods and Services Classification update for OAPI

The OAPI IP Office recently published a notice informing trade mark owners, agents and all other users of the OAPI regional system that the Trade Marks Registry applies the current version of the Nice Classification system as adopted by WIPO, namely the 11th edition (2019 version).

Read more here

Goods and Services Classification update for OAPI

The OAPI IP Office recently published a notice informing trade mark owners, agents and all other users of the OAPI regional system that the Trade Marks Registry applies the current version of the Nice Classification system as adopted by WIPO, namely the 11th edition (2019 version).

Read more here

Goods and Services Classification update for OAPI

The OAPI IP Office recently published a notice informing trade mark owners, agents and all other users of the OAPI regional system that the Trade Marks Registry applies the current version of the Nice Classification system as adopted by WIPO, namely the 11th edition (2019 version).

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Free Trade Agreement reaches minimum threshold to enter into force

Of the 52 states that have signed the consolidated founding text of the AfCFTA Agreement, 22 have now complied with their domestic requirements for the ratification of the agreement.

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Free Trade Agreement reaches minimum threshold to enter into force

Of the 52 states that have signed the consolidated founding text of the AfCFTA Agreement, 22 have now complied with their domestic requirements for the ratification of the agreement.

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Free Trade Agreement reaches minimum threshold to enter into force

Of the 52 states that have signed the consolidated founding text of the AfCFTA Agreement, 22 have now complied with their domestic requirements for the ratification of the agreement.

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Free Trade Agreement reaches minimum threshold to enter into force

Of the 52 states that have signed the consolidated founding text of the AfCFTA Agreement, 22 have now complied with their domestic requirements for the ratification of the agreement.

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Free Trade Agreement reaches minimum threshold to enter into force

Of the 52 states that have signed the consolidated founding text of the AfCFTA Agreement, 22 have now complied with their domestic requirements for the ratification of the agreement.

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Free Trade Agreement reaches minimum threshold to enter into force

Of the 52 states that have signed the consolidated founding text of the AfCFTA Agreement, 22 have now complied with their domestic requirements for the ratification of the agreement.

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Free Trade Agreement reaches minimum threshold to enter into force

Of the 52 states that have signed the consolidated founding text of the AfCFTA Agreement, 22 have now complied with their domestic requirements for the ratification of the agreement.

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Free Trade Agreement reaches minimum threshold to enter into force

Of the 52 states that have signed the consolidated founding text of the AfCFTA Agreement, 22 have now complied with their domestic requirements for the ratification of the agreement.

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Free Trade Agreement reaches minimum threshold to enter into force

Of the 52 states that have signed the consolidated founding text of the AfCFTA Agreement, 22 have now complied with their domestic requirements for the ratification of the agreement.

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Free Trade Agreement reaches minimum threshold to enter into force

Of the 52 states that have signed the consolidated founding text of the AfCFTA Agreement, 22 have now complied with their domestic requirements for the ratification of the agreement.

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Free Trade Agreement reaches minimum threshold to enter into force

Of the 52 states that have signed the consolidated founding text of the AfCFTA Agreement, 22 have now complied with their domestic requirements for the ratification of the agreement.

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Free Trade Agreement reaches minimum threshold to enter into force

Of the 52 states that have signed the consolidated founding text of the AfCFTA Agreement, 22 have now complied with their domestic requirements for the ratification of the agreement.

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Free Trade Agreement reaches minimum threshold to enter into force

Of the 52 states that have signed the consolidated founding text of the AfCFTA Agreement, 22 have now complied with their domestic requirements for the ratification of the agreement.

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Free Trade Agreement reaches minimum threshold to enter into force

Of the 52 states that have signed the consolidated founding text of the AfCFTA Agreement, 22 have now complied with their domestic requirements for the ratification of the agreement.

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Free Trade Agreement reaches minimum threshold to enter into force

Of the 52 states that have signed the consolidated founding text of the AfCFTA Agreement, 22 have now complied with their domestic requirements for the ratification of the agreement.

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Free Trade Agreement reaches minimum threshold to enter into force

Of the 52 states that have signed the consolidated founding text of the AfCFTA Agreement, 22 have now complied with their domestic requirements for the ratification of the agreement.

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Free Trade Agreement reaches minimum threshold to enter into force

Of the 52 states that have signed the consolidated founding text of the AfCFTA Agreement, 22 have now complied with their domestic requirements for the ratification of the agreement.

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Free Trade Agreement reaches minimum threshold to enter into force

Of the 52 states that have signed the consolidated founding text of the AfCFTA Agreement, 22 have now complied with their domestic requirements for the ratification of the agreement.

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Free Trade Agreement reaches minimum threshold to enter into force

Of the 52 states that have signed the consolidated founding text of the AfCFTA Agreement, 22 have now complied with their domestic requirements for the ratification of the agreement.

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Free Trade Agreement reaches minimum threshold to enter into force

Of the 52 states that have signed the consolidated founding text of the AfCFTA Agreement, 22 have now complied with their domestic requirements for the ratification of the agreement.

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Free Trade Agreement reaches minimum threshold to enter into force

Of the 52 states that have signed the consolidated founding text of the AfCFTA Agreement, 22 have now complied with their domestic requirements for the ratification of the agreement.

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Technological development and innovation is changing the way business is done in Africa

With over 400 tech and innovation hubs across the continent, more and more Africans are creating tech-based solutions to solve local issues in their regions.

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Technological development and innovation is changing the way business is done in Africa

With over 400 tech and innovation hubs across the continent, more and more Africans are creating tech-based solutions to solve local issues in their regions.

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Technological development and innovation is changing the way business is done in Africa

With over 400 tech and innovation hubs across the continent, more and more Africans are creating tech-based solutions to solve local issues in their regions.

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Technological development and innovation is changing the way business is done in Africa

With over 400 tech and innovation hubs across the continent, more and more Africans are creating tech-based solutions to solve local issues in their regions.

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Technological development and innovation is changing the way business is done in Africa

With over 400 tech and innovation hubs across the continent, more and more Africans are creating tech-based solutions to solve local issues in their regions.

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Technological development and innovation is changing the way business is done in Africa

With over 400 tech and innovation hubs across the continent, more and more Africans are creating tech-based solutions to solve local issues in their regions.

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Technological development and innovation is changing the way business is done in Africa

With over 400 tech and innovation hubs across the continent, more and more Africans are creating tech-based solutions to solve local issues in their regions.

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Technological development and innovation is changing the way business is done in Africa

With over 400 tech and innovation hubs across the continent, more and more Africans are creating tech-based solutions to solve local issues in their regions.

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Technological development and innovation is changing the way business is done in Africa

With over 400 tech and innovation hubs across the continent, more and more Africans are creating tech-based solutions to solve local issues in their regions.

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Technological development and innovation is changing the way business is done in Africa

With over 400 tech and innovation hubs across the continent, more and more Africans are creating tech-based solutions to solve local issues in their regions.

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Ten things to know about recent developments and trends in Africa | May 2019

A round-up of recent economic, political and legal developments and trends that have taken place in Africa

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Ten things to know about recent developments and trends in Africa | May 2019

A round-up of recent economic, political and legal developments and trends that have taken place in Africa

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Ten things to know about recent developments and trends in Africa | May 2019

A round-up of recent economic, political and legal developments and trends that have taken place in Africa

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Ten things to know about recent developments and trends in Africa | May 2019

A round-up of recent economic, political and legal developments and trends that have taken place in Africa

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Ten things to know about recent developments and trends in Africa | May 2019

A round-up of recent economic, political and legal developments and trends that have taken place in Africa

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Ten things to know about recent developments and trends in Africa | May 2019

A round-up of recent economic, political and legal developments and trends that have taken place in Africa

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Ten things to know about recent developments and trends in Africa | May 2019

A round-up of recent economic, political and legal developments and trends that have taken place in Africa

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Ten things to know about recent developments and trends in Africa | May 2019

A round-up of recent economic, political and legal developments and trends that have taken place in Africa

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Ten things to know about recent developments and trends in Africa | May 2019

A round-up of recent economic, political and legal developments and trends that have taken place in Africa

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Ten things to know about recent developments and trends in Africa | May 2019

A round-up of recent economic, political and legal developments and trends that have taken place in Africa

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Ten things to know about recent developments and trends in Africa | May 2019

A round-up of recent economic, political and legal developments and trends that have taken place in Africa

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Ten things to know about recent developments and trends in Africa | May 2019

A round-up of recent economic, political and legal developments and trends that have taken place in Africa

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Ten things to know about recent developments and trends in Africa | May 2019

A round-up of recent economic, political and legal developments and trends that have taken place in Africa

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Ten things to know about recent developments and trends in Africa | May 2019

A round-up of recent economic, political and legal developments and trends that have taken place in Africa

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Ten things to know about recent developments and trends in Africa | May 2019

A round-up of recent economic, political and legal developments and trends that have taken place in Africa

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Ten things to know about recent developments and trends in Africa | May 2019

A round-up of recent economic, political and legal developments and trends that have taken place in Africa

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Ten things to know about recent developments and trends in Africa | May 2019

A round-up of recent economic, political and legal developments and trends that have taken place in Africa

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Ten things to know about recent developments and trends in Africa | May 2019

A round-up of recent economic, political and legal developments and trends that have taken place in Africa

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Ten things to know about recent developments and trends in Africa | May 2019

A round-up of recent economic, political and legal developments and trends that have taken place in Africa

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Ten things to know about recent developments and trends in Africa | May 2019

A round-up of recent economic, political and legal developments and trends that have taken place in Africa

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Ten things to know about recent developments and trends in Africa | May 2019

A round-up of recent economic, political and legal developments and trends that have taken place in Africa

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Ten things to know about recent developments and trends in Africa | May 2019

A round-up of recent economic, political and legal developments and trends that have taken place in Africa

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Ten things to know about recent developments and trends in Africa | May 2019

A round-up of recent economic, political and legal developments and trends that have taken place in Africa

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Ten things to know about recent developments and trends in Africa | May 2019

A round-up of recent economic, political and legal developments and trends that have taken place in Africa

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Ten things to know about recent developments and trends in Africa | May 2019

A round-up of recent economic, political and legal developments and trends that have taken place in Africa

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Ten things to know about recent developments and trends in Africa | May 2019

A round-up of recent economic, political and legal developments and trends that have taken place in Africa

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Ten things to know about recent developments and trends in Africa | May 2019

A round-up of recent economic, political and legal developments and trends that have taken place in Africa

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Ten things to know about recent developments and trends in Africa | May 2019

A round-up of recent economic, political and legal developments and trends that have taken place in Africa

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Ten things to know about recent developments and trends in Africa | May 2019

A round-up of recent economic, political and legal developments and trends that have taken place in Africa

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Ten things to know about recent developments and trends in Africa | May 2019

A round-up of recent economic, political and legal developments and trends that have taken place in Africa

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Ten things to know about recent developments and trends in Africa | May 2019

A round-up of recent economic, political and legal developments and trends that have taken place in Africa

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Ten things to know about recent developments and trends in Africa | May 2019

A round-up of recent economic, political and legal developments and trends that have taken place in Africa

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Ten things to know about recent developments and trends in Africa | May 2019

A round-up of recent economic, political and legal developments and trends that have taken place in Africa

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Ten things to know about recent developments and trends in Africa | May 2019

A round-up of recent economic, political and legal developments and trends that have taken place in Africa

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Ten things to know about recent developments and trends in Africa | May 2019

A round-up of recent economic, political and legal developments and trends that have taken place in Africa

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Ten things to know about recent developments and trends in Africa | May 2019

A round-up of recent economic, political and legal developments and trends that have taken place in Africa

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Ten things to know about recent developments and trends in Africa | May 2019

A round-up of recent economic, political and legal developments and trends that have taken place in Africa

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Ten things to know about recent developments and trends in Africa | May 2019

A round-up of recent economic, political and legal developments and trends that have taken place in Africa

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Ten things to know about recent developments and trends in Africa | May 2019

A round-up of recent economic, political and legal developments and trends that have taken place in Africa

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Ten things to know about recent developments and trends in Africa | May 2019

A round-up of recent economic, political and legal developments and trends that have taken place in Africa

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Ten things to know about recent developments and trends in Africa | May 2019

A round-up of recent economic, political and legal developments and trends that have taken place in Africa

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Ten things to know about recent developments and trends in Africa | May 2019

A round-up of recent economic, political and legal developments and trends that have taken place in Africa

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Ten things to know about recent developments and trends in Africa | May 2019

A round-up of recent economic, political and legal developments and trends that have taken place in Africa

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Ten things to know about recent developments and trends in Africa | May 2019

A round-up of recent economic, political and legal developments and trends that have taken place in Africa

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Ten things to know about recent developments and trends in Africa | May 2019

A round-up of recent economic, political and legal developments and trends that have taken place in Africa

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Ten things to know about recent developments and trends in Africa | May 2019

A round-up of recent economic, political and legal developments and trends that have taken place in Africa

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Ten things to know about recent developments and trends in Africa | May 2019

A round-up of recent economic, political and legal developments and trends that have taken place in Africa

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Ten things to know about recent developments and trends in Africa | May 2019

A round-up of recent economic, political and legal developments and trends that have taken place in Africa

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Ten things to know about recent developments and trends in Africa | May 2019

A round-up of recent economic, political and legal developments and trends that have taken place in Africa

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Ten things to know about recent developments and trends in Africa | May 2019

A round-up of recent economic, political and legal developments and trends that have taken place in Africa

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Ten things to know about recent developments and trends in Africa | May 2019

A round-up of recent economic, political and legal developments and trends that have taken place in Africa

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Ten things to know about recent developments and trends in Africa | May 2019

A round-up of recent economic, political and legal developments and trends that have taken place in Africa

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Ten things to know about recent developments and trends in Africa | May 2019

A round-up of recent economic, political and legal developments and trends that have taken place in Africa

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Ten things to know about recent developments and trends in Africa | May 2019

A round-up of recent economic, political and legal developments and trends that have taken place in Africa

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Ten things to know about recent developments and trends in Africa | May 2019

A round-up of recent economic, political and legal developments and trends that have taken place in Africa

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Ten things to know about recent developments and trends in Africa | May 2019

A round-up of recent economic, political and legal developments and trends that have taken place in Africa

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Cross-examination is possible in cancellation proceedings in Kenya

While cross-examination or oral testimony is unlikely to be the norm in proceedings before the Registrar in Kenya, it is worth bearing in mind that, in certain circumstances, it is justifiable and within the discretion of the Registrar to direct that a deponent travel to Kenya to provide oral evidence.

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