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The 6th “Forum on China-Africa Cooperation – Legal Forum” was Successfully Held in South Africa

On November 26, 2015, the 6th “Forum on China-Africa Cooperation – Legal Forum” (“FOCAC Legal Forum”) was successfully held in Johannesburg, South Africa. The FOCAC Legal Forum was organized by Africa ADR, Association of Arbitrators (Southern Africa) and Arbitration Foundation of South Africa (“AFSA”), with the support of China Law Society and Shanghai International Arbitration Center (“SHIAC”). More than 150 delegates representing African and Chinese arbitration groups, law society groups, lawyers, in-house counsels, and procuratorial office attended the forum.

Numerous distinguished guests made opening speeches, including Mr. Zhigang Li, the Vice-Chairman of SHIAC and China-Africa Joint Arbitration Centre (“CAJAC”) Guiding Committee, Dr. Joao Maria Moreira de Sousa, the Attorney General of Angola, Mr. Tomana, the Attorney General of Zimbabwe, Adv. Andrew Chauke, the Chief Prosecutor of Gauteng Province of South Africa, Adv. Michael Kuper, the Chairman of AFSA and CAJAC Johannesburg and Mr. Keqin Yang, the Chief Prosecutor of Jilin Province of China.

Four major topics were discussed in the forum, which are “China-Africa Commercial Dispute Resolution - CAJAC Project”, “Legal Services”, “Criminal Law” and “Environmental Law”. Mr. Wen Huang, the Deputy Secretary-General of SHIAC, made a keynote speech about “China-Africa Commercial Dispute Resolution – From the SHIAC’s Perspective” as part of the “China-Africa Commercial Dispute Resolution - CAJAC Project” topic discussion. Focused on types of China-Africa commercial disputes and alternative dispute resolutions, the exploration of China-Africa commercial dispute resolutions and pathways of connecting SHIAC with China-Africa commercial dispute resolutions, Mr. Wen Huang introduced the rich experience and best practices in commercial arbitrations in China. In addition, he also had an interaction with participants who are interested in the applicable law of arbitration cases, issues about how foreign lawyers participating in arbitrations and other relevant questions.

Ms. Weijun Wang, the Deputy Secretary-General of SHIAC and other staffs also attended the meeting and inauguration.

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