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KIAC is delighted to share its Annual Report July 2020- June 2021, follow this link to read more.
KIAC CELEBRATED ITS 10 YEARS ANNIVERSARY
Kigali International Arbitration Centre (KIAC) was established in 2010 as an independent body mandated to provide institutional infrastructure for administering arbitration and other ADR services. Launched officially in May 2012, KIAC started in April 2013 to administer cases under its arbitration rules after continuous sensitization campaign in Rwanda and abroad, on the use of arbitration and KIAC standards Arbitration clauses.
The KIAC Arbitration Rules (2012) are a modern set of arbitration rules, which are consistent with international best practices. Currently KIAC has registered more than 200 cases.
On the 29th and 30th September 2022, KIAC celebrated its 10 years anniversary at the Radisson Blu Hotel and Convention Centre-Kigali. The Anniversary was celebrated by a conference under the theme “THE IMPACT OF INSTITUTIONAL ARBITRATION IN AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT – CELEBRATING THE DELIVERY OF MODERN CASE MANAGEMENT TO THE AFRICAN CONTINENT” where the international Arbitration community gathered in Kigali to discuss the hot topics shaping the future of international Arbitration in one of the major African Arbitral institutions. The Conference Theme was subdivided into 10 topics including:
a. The Past, Present and Future of Kigali International Arbitration Centre;
b. Disclosure in International Arbitration: Current trends;
c. Joinder and Multiparty Arbitration: Comparative perspectives;
d. The Revised 2020 IBA Rules of Evidence in international arbitration and its Commentary;
e. The virtual hearing Protocols: What Practitioners need to know;
f. The Dispute Resolution options under Africa Continental Free Trade Agreement (AFCTA);
g. Presenting damages in construction arbitration;
h. Valuing energy in arbitration disputes;
i. Enforcing an arbitral award set aside at the seat;
j. The 2022 revised ICSID Rules and Regulations
Officially opened by His Lordship Dr. Faustin Ntezilyayo, the Chief Justice of Rwanda, the conference was attended by more than 150 arbitration & ADR practitioners from across the World, Government representatives, judiciary, members of the Private sector, Legal practitioners, academia, etc. The Conference was also graced by the presence of the Rwanda’s Minister of Justice/Attorney General of Rwanda Hon. Dr. Emmanuel Ugirashebuja and Prof. Mohamed Abdel Wahab from Zulficar&Partners/ Egypt who was the Keynote speaker while slightly 40 prominent international arbitration practitioners served to the conference as speakers and moderators.
In his welcoming remarks the KIAC Secretary General Mr Victor Mugabe, expressed his thanks to all delegates and speakers, and as illustration of the KIAC achievements he said KIAC has so far recorded 208 cases, out of which 40% are international from more than 20 Countries which makes KIAC one of the leading arbitral institutions in Africa.
“I believe this conference to mark the 10 years anniversary of KIAC will contribute immensely to shaping the brighter future of Arbitration and promotion of other ADR mechanisms in Rwanda, Africa and globally.” SG stated.
Mr Victor MUGABE, The Secretary General of KIAC
The chairman of the KIAC BoD, Mr Faustin Mbundu, hailed the efforts of the founders of KIAC and continuous support of the Judiciary and government of Rwanda towards Arbitration in Rwanda. He said, " It is so important to recognize that in 10 years of KIAC none of the KIAC awards has never been set aside."
Mr MBUNDU K. Faustin the chairman of KIAC BoD
Hon Minister of Justice and attorney General, commended the zeal of the KIAC founder and its past and current visionary leadership and pledged the Government support in promotion of Arbitration and other ADR mechanisms and unreserved support to KIAC especially in Arbitration capacity building.
Hon. Dr. Emmanuel UGIRASHEBUJA Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Rwanda
In his official opening remarks, the Chief Guest, Hon. Dr. Faustin Ntezilyayo, The Chief Justice of Rwanda, extended his gratitude to the KIAC founders and to all who accompanied the Centre until today when it is celebrating 10 years of existence, saying it is a great milestone to celebrate.
His Lordship the Chief Justice Dr Faustin NTEZILYAYO
On the second and last day of the conference, the discussions focused on the topis: The 2022 revised ICSID rules and regulations; Enforcing an arbitral award set aside at the seat; Presenting damages in construction arbitration and Valuing energy in arbitration disputes.
The participants demonstrated satisfaction starting from the organization of the conference to its closing and wish well KIAC in the future.
Panel of speakers tackling one of the topics on the list
ACTIVITIES ON THE SIDELINE OF THE CONFERENCE
On the evening of 29th September 2022, the Kigali International Arbitration Center hosted all the participants in a gala dinner. It was at this event where all the local and international delegates shared joyful moments to celebrate 10 years of KIAC.
Dinner was a moment to celebrate KIAC achievement and networking
It was also an opportunity to acknowledge the delegates and Speakers in the conference, Government of Rwanda, Sponsors and all partners for their unreserved support to KIAC in a journey to attaining its mission as stated by the KIAC Secretary General and KIAC Chair of BoD during the Gala Dinner at hosted at Century Parc Hotel.
Local and International delegates enjoying their moments
The invitees expressed their gratitude for the KIAC successes and pledged more support to promote arbitration and other ADR mechanism in Rwanda.
The Gala Dinner was a moment of joy
KIAC would like to reiterate its heartfelt gratitude to all sponsors, partners, delegates and speakers who showed up for the conference to mark its 10 years of existence, and the organizing team that took every detail in hand, and ensure that the outcome of the conference will only fuel its energy to continue serving diligently and professionally in the field of promotion of Arbitration and other ADR mechanism.
KIAC also would like to thank all who supported the centers since its beginning and day to day partners. Among them The Government of Rwanda, Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Trade and Industry, Private sector federation, Rwanda Judiciary, Rwanda Bar Association, Rwanda Law reform, Rwanda Development Board, Institute of Legal Practice and Development, Rwanda Convention Bureau, Local and International Law firms, etc…