INTERNATIONAL PROCUREMENT AND ELECTRONIC COMMERCE IN THE SOUTH PACIFIC: LAW AND PRACTICE
By Mohammed L. Ahmadu
The South Pacific Rim, located in the Oceania region, is now more than ever before being rapidly integrated into the global economy. The forces of globalization, particularly information and communications technology are the driving factors. While the region is very well known as an exotic tourist destination, little is known about its laws and the potential facilitative commercial, trade and investment environment that exist in the region. International procurement and electronic commerce constitute one such important area.
This book discusses international procurement and electronic commerce in the context of South Pacific island countries by illustrating the linkages between theory, law and practice. The book adopts a unique approach to discussing these issues by utilizing extensive case-study analyses which focus on internationally executed ICT-based supply and service contracts, as well as construction and works agreements. In addition, detailed treatment is given the UNCITRAL model law for procurement of goods, construction and services by depicting its relevance to Pacific island countries. The book specifically outlines the interconnection between conventional procurement contracts and traditional customary practices- an important consideration because of the impact of local traditions even on the constitutions of countries of the region. Lastly, the book examines the advancement of digital technology and the role this can play in the overall commercial development of island countries in the South Pacific.
Given its approach and contents, the book will no doubt be useful to undergraduate and postgraduate students in international procurement and electronic commerce; academics and researchers in relevant disciplines; judges; jurists; legal and financial practitioners; scholars of international and comparative legal studies; and any member of the general public wishing to acquire some knowledge of this important and emerging area in the South Pacific.
Dr. Ahmadu has experience in both private and public legal practice and substantial tertiary teaching experience. He obtained his first Master of Laws degree in commercial and corporate laws from the University of Lagos, after being awarded the Bachelor of Laws upper second honors degree. He then obtained another Master of Laws degree from the University of Warwick in the United Kingdom, focusing on development, international investment and multinational enterprises law. Ahmadu later obtained a doctorate of law degree from the University of the South Pacific, specializing in international contract and electronic commerce laws. He currently holds the position of Associate Professor in the School of Law, University of the South Pacific based in Vanuatu.