Linkages between double taxation treaties and bilateral investment treaties
The present study highlights the various linkages that exist between double taxation treaties and bilateral investment treaties and some of the associated challenges that they pose to African countries signing these agreements. There is a growing recognition of the need to ensure better alignment of the agreements with the developmental concerns and ambitions of States. There are a number of steps that African leaders can consider taking at the national, bilateral and multinational levels to deal with these challenges. As many of the investment treaties concluded in the 1990s-early 2000s have recently expired or are about to expire, now is an opportune moment for review and reform. African countries wishing to avail themselves of bilateral investment treaties or double taxation treaties are encouraged to draw inspiration from and contribute to the ongoing global dialogues on investment and tax matters.