Moussa SAMB


Private law, Cheikh Anta Diop University, Dakar, Senegal

Moussa SAMB

d'octobre 2014 à juin 2015


Associate Professor of Private Law-Business Law, Moussa SAMB taught for over ten years, the banking and financial law at the University Cheikh Anta Diop in Dakar, Senegal. Director of research and documentation of the Organization for the Harmonization of Business Law (OHADA) in Benin, from February 2010 to December 2013, he designed and supervised several research projects and launched an online legal journal (

From June 2001 to December 2005, Moussa SAMB served as Senior Manager of the programs on Governance at the Research Center for International Development of Canada; as such, he initiated and supervised several research projects with multidisciplinary research teams in West Africa and Southern Africa.

Since 2010, he is also teaching every year at the University of Fribourg in Switzerland a Master course in English within the program called "Master of Business Law in Cross Cultural Practice on Doing Business in Africa. He has been a member of the evaluation panel for sevral PhDs in France, including one defended at the University of Nantes in March 2014 by a Malian student Alhousseini Diabaté on the protection of food consumers under the direction of Dr Marine Friant Perrot.

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Regulation of microfinance in Africa (OHADA zone)

African Member States of the Organization for the Harmonization of Business Law in Africa (OHADA) have adopted a policy of harmonization of law applicable to the microfinance sector which imposes to microfinance institutions some special rules compared to those for other banking and financial institutions.

In the framework of CEMAC (Economic and Monetary Community of Central Africa) as in the UEMOA (Economic and Monetary Union of West Africa), a regional regulation has emerged. But the vitality of the sector and its remarkable growth has been accompanied by dysfunctions, sometimes very serious, some of which, such as in Benin, even became scandals. A more effective and more protective regulation for customers, mostly women, is needed. But the sector must keep its specificity compared to conventional banking sector, which in fact excludes small savers. Specific mechanisms regulating the sector are to be sought.