Comoros, officially the Union of the Comoros, is an island nation in the Indian Ocean, located off the eastern coast of Africa on the northern end of the Mozambique Channel between northern Madagascar and north-eastern Mozambique. Comoros has endured more than 20 coups or attempted coups since gaining independence from France in 1975.


One of the world's poorest countries, Comoros is made up of three islands that have inadequate transportation links, a young and rapidly increasing population, and few natural resources. The low educational level of the labour force contributes to a subsistence level of economic activity, high unemployment, and a heavy dependence on foreign grants and technical assistance. Agriculture, including fishing, hunting, and forestry, contributes 50% to GDP, employs 80% of the labour force and provides most of the exports. Export income is heavily reliant on the three main crops of vanilla, cloves, and ylang-ylang; and Comoros' export earnings are easily disrupted by disasters such as fires. The country is not self-sufficient in food production; rice, the main staple, accounts for the bulk of imports. The government - which is hampered by internal political disputes - lacks a comprehensive strategy to attract foreign investment and is struggling to upgrade education and technical training, privatize commercial and industrial enterprises, improve health services, diversify exports, promote tourism, and reduce the high population growth rate. Political problems have inhibited growth.

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Comprehensive regulatory advice for international pharmaceutical corporation operating in OHADA region

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Provided data protection advice for IT company across OHADA region

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Advised major international bank on retail banking in francophone Africa

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Served Islamic Bank on Comorian ship mortgage registration

Our counsel guided a UAE-based Islamic Bank on the registration of a first preferred Comoros ship... More

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Worked on implementation of international credit card in Comoros for American multinational

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Making receivables purchase agreements valid in Comoros

John W Ffooks & Co reviewed a receivables purchase agreement and provided legal advice on perfecting documents in Comoros for a... More

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Wrote an authoritative guide on OHADA region bankruptcy law

Senior Partner John Ffooks and Senior Lawyer Dr. Adrien Rangira drafted the OHADA region chapter for Thomson Reuters Aspatore title... More

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International legal research in telecommunications

A French law firm's client looked to our counsel for a diligent review of Madagascar's, Comoros's, and Mayotte's telecommunications... More

Comoros ship mortgage advice

Comoros ship mortgage advice for Islamic Bank

An Islamic Bank located in UAE requested advice on the preliminary registration of the first preferred Union of Comoros ship mortgage on a... More

OHADA guide on oil & gas activities

OHADA guide on oil & gas activities

Working with a multinational law firm headquartered in London, we prepared a guide containing entry-level information for conducting oil... More