During his visit to Rome on 2 and 3 December 2022 , the President of the Republic of Niger, H.E. Mr Mohamed Bazoum, received in private audience the President of UNIDROIT, Professor Maria Chiara Malaguti, accompanied by Ms Marina Schneider, Principal Legal Officer of UNIDROIT and Treaty Depositary.
This audience was an opportunity to strengthen ties with the Republic of Niger, which is already a Party to three UNIDROIT instruments, the 1973 Convention relating to a Uniform Law on the Form of an International Will, the 2001 Cape Town Convention on International Interests in Mobile Equipment and the 2001 Protocol thereto on Matters specific to Aircraft Equipment, the instruments of accession to the 2001 treaties were deposited with UNIDROIT by H.E. Ambassador of the Republic of Niger Ms Fatimata Cheiffou on 17 November 2022.
H.E. Mr Bazoum regretted in the Italian press that “European companies … feel that our countries do not offer them the indispensable legal environment and general security that they need. In this, the Europeans are completely wrong”, and that, although “Niger has large quantities of underground water with a very high rate of sunshine [,….] the international financial system works in such a way that we will never have access to the capital needed for investment in renewable energy. The current credit conditions are a major obstacle to such investments. As a result, so-called adaptation measures are unlikely to be implemented. As we can see, the battle on climate change is far from over”.
The discussions showed how UNIDROIT’s harmonised instruments meet the needs of the Republic of Niger, the Cape Town Convention and its Protocols on aircraft equipment, but also on railway rolling stock (Luxembourg Rail Protocol of 2007) and mining, agricultural and construction equipment (MAC Protocol of 2019) – but also other instruments – and will strengthen the necessary legal environment and allow Niger better access to credit to implement its development projects.
The President also recalled that Niger was well advanced in the process of acceding to the UNIDROIT Convention on Stolen or Illegally Exported Cultural Objects adopted in Rome on 24 June 1995, which will enable his country to combat international trafficking in cultural property and facilitate the restitution of goods that enter the trade illicitly.
Finally, the participation of the Republic of Niger in the legislative and non-legislative work of UNIDROIT as a member State of the Organisation was mentioned in order to enable Niger to participate actively in the elaboration of conventional or “soft law” instruments such as principles, model laws and legal guides.
The audience granted to UNIDROIT was reported on the website of the Presidency of Niger as well as on its social networks:Website of the Presidency of Niger https://www.presidence.ne/audiences-et-sommets-1/2022/12/3/le-prsident-de-la-rpublique-sem-mohamed-bazoum-a-reu-en-audience-une-dlgation-de-linstitut-international-pour-lunification-du-droit-priv-unidroit