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The Seminar on Development Approaches for China-Africa Joint Arbitration and the First Meeting of CAJAC Chinese Coordination Committee and FOCAC-Legal Forum Arbitration Profession Committee Successful

   

On July 8th, 2016, under the initiation and guidance of China Law Society (hereinafter referred to as “CLS”) and co-organized by South-China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (ShenZhen International Court of Arbitration, hereinafter referred to as “SCIA”), Beijing Arbitration Commission (Beijing International Arbitration Center, hereinafter referred to as “BAC”) and SHIAC, the seminar on development approaches for China-Africa joint arbitration and the first meeting of CAJAC Chinese Coordination Committee and FOCAC-Legal Forum Arbitration Profession Committee were held successfully in the venue of SHIAC. 

   

Vice-Chairman of SHIAC, Mr. Li Zhigang moderated the seminar. Mr. Gu Zhaomin, Director of Overseas Liaison Department of CLS, Mr. Ma Yi, vice-Chairman and Secretary General of SHIAC, Mr. Liu Xiaochun, President of SCIA, Mr. Chen Fuyong, deputy Secretary General of BAC, Mr. Guorui, partner of AllBright Law Offices and Mr. Zhao Yaode, deputy General Manager of Legal Department of China National Petroleum Corporation respectively made speeches in the overall context of development China-African joint arbitration.

   

Mr. Gu Zhaomin introduced to the audience the multiple and professionalized out-reaching legal cooperation and communication projects initiated by CLS under its innovative Legal Diplomacy concept. With reference to the Sharm el Sheikh Action Plan, Beijing Action Plan and Johannesburg Action Plan, Mr. Gu further introduced the new implementations of China-Africa legal cooperation and displayed his layout of the CAJAC project. In his speech, Mr. Gu pointed out that the legal communication between China and African countries and the whole CAJAC project fit well into the “One Belt, One Road” national initiative, bringing more regional cooperation and mutual winning to all joining parties. Mr. Gu called upon the Chinese arbitration institutions, research institutes and the legal community to actively participate in the out-reaching legal forums established by CLS, working together to drive forward China’s overseas legal cooperation and shape off-shore legal service markets.

   

Mr. Ma Yi talked about the interaction between CAJAC project and China-African economic and trade development. Mr. Ma looked back on the establishment of CAJAC Shanghai and its cooperation between CAJAC Johannesburg, and drew his blueprint of further developing CAJAC project. Mr. Ma expected the internationalization of Chinese arbitration institutions may be well-fostered leveraging the CAJAC project, and proposed that, under the guidance of CLS, the CAJAC project should be designed in its top-level by the joining parties and a managerial coordination mechanism should be well put in place.

   

Mr. Liu Xiaochun expressed in his speech that the CAJAC project represents both government’s will and market orientation. Mr. Liu advocated that the CAJAC project should grow in market-led direction and serve Chinese businesses operation in Africa. Mr. Liu also reminded all that the CAJAC project was established with the purpose to foster China-Africa economic, trade, investment activities and legal cooperation. In doing the above, Mr. Liu called for a dual-track on software and hardware constructions within CAJAC and no efforts be spared in bringing localized arbitration services to Chinese and African businesses and individuals. 

   

Mr. Chen Fuyong brought to the audience his perspective of China-Africa arbitration services and spoke highly of the legal communication and cooperation actions deployed by CLS. Mr. Chen advocated that China-Africa economic, trade and investment activities must follow the rule of law. He commended the CAJAC project for its rule-of-law orientation and combined realization for both governmental will and market growth. 

   

Mr. Guo Rui spoke from his practicing gains and shared with the audience his experiences in using ADR during China-African business activities, and put forward his ideas for a better CAJAC project. Mr. Guo suggested an increasing deployment of well-developed ADR skills tailored for Chinese and African parties. He also pinpointed the role of mediation before arbitration and how this mechanism could speed up dispute resolution and help create a unique CAJAC project with China-Africa features. 

   

Mr. Zhao Yaode reasoned the China-African legal cooperation as a prerequisite of developing China-Africa economic, trade and investment ties. Mr. Zhao expressed his hope that both Chinese and African businesses and legal communities should enhance their own legal accomplishments and conduct more communication and cooperation. He also advised the CAJAC project to adopt a set of compatible rules and cultivate better internationalized and professionalized Chinese and African arbitrators through proper training.

 

On the afternoon of day, the first meeting of CAJAC Chinese Coordination Committee and FOCAC-Legal Forum Arbitration Profession Committee was held. Mr. Gu Zhaomin announced the formal establishment of CAJAC Chinese Coordination Committee and FOCAC-Legal Forum Arbitration Profession Committee.

SHIAC’s Deputy Secretary General Huang Wen, Deputy Secretary General Zhang Yue, Deputy Secretary General Wang Weijun and Director of  Research Center Yao Hongmin joined in this event.

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