On 14 July 2020, the CIArb Egypt Branch organized jointly with CRCICA a webinar titled “FIDIC 2017 Red Book: A Civil Law Inclination?” The speakers were Dr. Ahmed Waly, Managing Partner of Waly – Arbitration and Contract Administration Firm, Adjunct Associate Professor at the Department of Construction Engineering, the American University in Cairo, and Dr. Waleed El Nemr, Contracts Director of Hill International (Africa) LTD, Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Department of Construction Engineering, the American University in Cairo. The moderator was Dr. Salwa Fawzy, Commercial Director (Contracts and Procurement) at El Sweedy Industrial Development, and Instructor at the American University in Cairo.
At the onset of the webinar, Dr. Fawzy announced the establishment of the Branch’s Mentoring Program as the first Program initiated by a CIArb branch in the region. The Program provides young CIArb members the opportunity to learn from the experience of more senior CIArb’s community members through several activities like workshops, video conferences, sharing information and networking opportunities. For more information about the mentoring program, https://www.ciarb.org/our-network/middle-east-subcontinent/egypt/mentoring-programme/
The webinar topic was unique, as it made correlations between provisions in the Egyptian Civil Code and clauses in the FIDIC 2017 “Red Book” contract to deduce a possible effect of the former on the latter. Dr. Waly and Dr. El Nemr highlighted the similarities (as well as some differences) using four concepts as a base for comparison, namely good faith, force majeure/exceptional events, decennial liability and termination for default. The webinar was viewed by 1700 viewers on various social media platforms, attended by 460 participants from 43 countries; namely Bahrain, Belgium, Botswana, Brazil, Cambodia, Canada, Chile, Egypt, France, Greece, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Malaysia, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Nigeria, Palestine, Qatar, Romania, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Tunisia, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States of America, Viet Nam, Yemen, and Zimbabwe.
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