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Press Release: Rwanda Celebrates the Success of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Project

July 30th 2015

KIAC ICF

Kigali, July 30th 2015 - Kigali International Arbitration Centre (KIAC) marked the successful implementation and the official closing of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Project (ADRP) at KIAC's newly unveiled office located in Nyarutarama. This project was implemented in cooperation between the Investment Climate Facility for Africa (ICF), Government of Rwanda (GoR), Rwanda Private Sector Federation (PSF) and KIAC.

Bernadette Uwicyeza, the KIAC Secretary General  said, "the development of Arbitration and other Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) mechanisms takes a considerable period of time. We are very proud that within just three years, KIAC is recognized as a  regional center of Choice of arbitration in Africa; thanks to the Government of Rwanda, ICF and PSF other partners who have created the right environment for ADR to flourish".

Hubert Hourizene, ICF Project Director, said, “Through ICF intervention, Kigali International Arbitration Centre is now fully operational. This complements the efforts of ICF and the Government of Rwanda in easing access to commercial justice which started 7 years ago with the modernization of and establishment of commercial courts.”

While showcasing the achievements of the ADR project, Ngoga Gakuba Thierry, the ADR Project Director said, "the overall objective of the project was to support the operationalization of KIAC and establishing a pool of professionals in arbitration and other alternative dispute resolution (ADR) mechanisms." As an outcome of the ADR project, so far 28 cases have been administered under KIAC. We consider the cases a major milestone since it usually takes a minimum of three years for any newly established centre to register cases.

He also added that the project  has promoted KIAC as a centre of excellence for ADR practitioners. By the closure of the ADR project; 276 arbitrators had been trained and certified by the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators-UK, making Rwanda the 3rd country in Africa with the highest number of accredited arbitrators. He also added that of the 40 professionals trained in Commercial Mediation Skills, 31 passed exams and are now accredited mediators by the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR-UK).

To meet the increasing demand of using Adjudication in construction industry, in partnership with the Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration (KLRCA), of the 53 trained professionals,  27 were certified adjudicators and are eligible to apply and join the KLRCA adjudication panel in Malaysia.

Until the establishment of the Kigali International Arbitration Centre (KIAC) in 2011, there was no formal mechanism for amicable dispute resolution.

About the Investment Climate Facility for Africa (ICF)

The Investment Climate Facility for Africa is a pan-African development organization that works with the public and private sector with the aim of reducing barriers to doing business. ICF works with businesses and African governments to create a conducive legal, regulatory and administrative environment for businesses, both big and small, to invest and grow. ICF believes that an improved investment climate is critical for job creation, income growth and poverty reduction across the continent. Apart from business licensing, ICF also provides support in the areas of commercial justice, property rights and contract enforcement, business registration, financial markets, infrastructure facilitation, customs and taxation. ICF is supported by development partners and the private sector. For more information on ICF, please visit www.icfafrica.org

Media contact:

Eunice Urio

Communication Manager

Investment Climate Facility for Africa

Tel: 255 22 212 9211

Email: eurio@icfafrica.org

 

Annette Tamara Mbabazi

Communication and Marketing Specialist

Kigali International Arbitration Centre

Tel: +250 788 316 099

Email: info@kiac.org.rw

July 30th 2015

Kigali, July 30th 2015 - Kigali International Arbitration Centre (KIAC) marked the successful implementation and the official closing of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Project (ADRP) at KIAC's newly unveiled office located in Nyarutarama. This project was implemented in cooperation between the Investment Climate Facility for Africa (ICF), Government of Rwanda (GoR), Rwanda Private Sector Federation (PSF) and KIAC. Lire la suite »
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