International Chartered Institute of Arbitrators delegation headed by Anthony Abrahams, Director General and the Secretary General of Kgali International Arbitration Centre paid a courtesy call to the Chief Justice of Rwanda, Dr. Faustin Nteziryayo on Monday February 24.
Their discussions focused on establishing a framework for cooperation and capacity building in arbitration and mediation.
Also, there was a creation of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators Rwanda Branch (CIrab Rwanda) of which Me Athanas Rutabingwa was elected as its Chairman with a steering committee of eight members.
Their tenure will be determined by a bylaw which is yet to be enacted. The team will temporarily be housed at the Kigali International Arbitration Center (KIAC).
Meanwhile, Rwanda has signed the UN Convention on International Settlement Agreements Resulting from Mediation.
The Convention was signed by Rwanda’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Valentine Rugwabiza on Tuesday Morning January 29, 2020 in New York City.
The Convention facilitates international trade by promoting mediation as an alternative and enforceable method of resolving disputes.
In December 2018, the United Nations General Assembly adopted, by consensus, the United Nations Convention on International Settlement Agreements Resulting from Mediation, recommended that the Convention be known as the “Singapore Convention on Mediation” (the “Singapore Convention” or “Convention”), and authorised the signing ceremony of the Convention to be held in Singapore on
7 August 2019.