The 5th edition of the East Africa International Arbitration Conference (EAIAC) will be hosted in Kigali, Rwanda on the 28th and 29th of September.
This year’s conference theme will be ‘Linkages between International Arbitration and Africa’s economy’.
EAIAC 2017 will deliberate on the success of the previous conferences held in Addis Ababa (2013), Nairobi (2014), Dar es Salaam (2015) and Kampala (2016) while crafting to look at the economic implications of international arbitration including the opportunities and challenges on the region’s business environment, foster capacity building in International arbitration while profiling East Africa’s competitiveness as an international trade and investment destination.
Kigali is the perfect host for this year’s event because Rwanda has made huge strides to become Africa’s model for doing business.
According to the 2017 World Bank Doing Business Rankings, Rwanda is rated second best place when it comes to Ease of Doing Business in Africa after Mauritius.
This year’s conference is hosted at the Kigali International Arbitration Conference, which is one of the earliest arbitration centers in East Africa.
A must-attend annual regional forum
EAIAC has grown to become a must-attend annual regional forum, attracting delegates representing leaders of different sectors of the region’s economy, regulators and governments.
The conference is also a perfect platform for international law firms – which include judges, magistrates, and arbitration professionals – to showcase their Africa practice at the same time giving the members of the general public a chance to show their inventive prowess.
Discussion points will include; East Africa’s mega projects and monetary value involved in East Africa-related international arbitration; the value of awards and how much money is potentially lost by countries (damages); and the potential of international arbitration as a money maker for African institutions and arbitrators, considering institutional fees and arbitrator fees.
EAIAC will also discuss the International Centre for Settlement of Investments Disputes (ICSID), New York Convention and local award enforcement.