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African Arbitration Association Launches with Conference in Cote d'Ivoire

July 4, 2018

The African Arbitration Association (AIAA), an affiliate organization of the African Legal Support Facility (ALSF), recently completed a conference on the subject of Arbitration in Africa in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire.

The first gathering of the African Arbitration Association, in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. Photo: African Development Bank Group

All 71 arbitral institutions in Africa created the Africa Arbitration Association to promote the development of international arbitration and other forms of international dispute resolution on the African continent.

Speaking on behalf of the Bank’s Acting General Counsel, Anne Marie Mecca observed that by creating the AfAA, arbitral institutions can have a forum where they pool resources to coordinate efforts toward promoting arbitration and fostering growth, through sharing experiences, learning lessons from similar bodies, adopting best practices, working towards instilling public confidence in African institutions. In his opening remarks, ALSF Director, Stephen Karangizi commended all the eminent arbitration practitioners that have continued the efforts to establish a forum, and reiterated ALSF’s commitment to promote commercial law development in Africa. “This conference presents a unique opportunity to reflect on the past but more importantly, provides the latitude to discuss  how best we can harness our resources to continue playing a critical role in delivery of commercial justice in years to come”, he added.

The establishment of the AfAA deeply aligns with the ALSF’s objectives of advocating for arbitration in Africa; creating awareness campaigns to advance the use of arbitration; and building relevant capacities among members of arbitration in Africa. 

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