Primarily working in North and South Africa, FMI has developed a unique expertise in commercial law and business development in Africa. FMI implemented a thorough review of the Southern Africa Enterprise Development Fund (SAEDF), in which FMI conducted a review of SAEDF operation practices in South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. Additionally, FMI has worked extensively in Morocco to improve and modernize key segments of the commercial law framework and court system. FMI is firmly committed to further developing its work in Africa through increased technical assistance in SME access to finance, legal and regulatory reform, legislative strengthening, and commodity market development.
For USAID, FMI performed a review of SAEDF operational practices and reported on the impact the Fund had had on the business and finance communities of the region. FMI recommended improvements of SAEDF operational practices that would assist the Fund in encouraging and facilitating private investment.
For USAID, FMI implemented a program to improve and modernize key segments of the commercial law framework and court system in Morocco. FMI oversaw a series of integrated activities in legal drafting, systems development and training that assisted the country in taking significant steps to improve the environment for commercial activity, rationalize the regulatory framework and increase efficiency in the administration of justice. FMI's team of legal and judicial specialists reviewed and updated key commercial and business laws, working closely with the Ministry of Justice to improve record keeping and the tracking of cases and trends, and prepared a pilot program to fully modernize the Marrakech Commercial Courts.