Dr. Dorothé Cossi Sossa, Permanent Secretary of L’Organisation pour L’Harmonisation en Afrique du Droit des Affaires (OHADA), led a delegation that visited the University of International Business and Economics (UIBE) in Beijing on June 25, 2018.
UIBE president Wang Jiaqiong spoke with Dr. Sossa and introduced the university’s unique strengths. He said the law faculty is an important part of UIBE’s efforts to build world-class faculties and disciplines, and further welcomed the cooperation between UIBE’s law school and OHADA.
Dr. Sossa said China is having a growing influence in Africa and hoped for deeper and more comprehensive exchanges and cooperation with UIBE. This cooperation will help Sino-African legal exchanges and is of great significance, he added.
The delegation also visited the university's law school to discuss details of the cooperation. Dean Shi Jingxia of the law school said OHADA played an important role in boosting connections between Chinese and African commercial laws. Africa is one of the important destinations of the China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative due to the traditional friendship between China and African countries, she said.
Dr. Sossa echoed Shi’s points and also gave pragmatic advice on how to promote OHADA’s legal rules during the process of building the Belt and Road Initiative.
OHADA was founded by French-speaking African countries in October 1993 in Mauritius. With 17 member states, the organization aims to simplify, harmonize and coordinate business laws between its member states so as to provide legal protection in commercial dealings and improve the investment environment on a larger scale.