One of the main objectives of CRCICA’s collaboration with IFC is to promote Egypt as a regional hub for commercial mediation training and to strengthen the mediation culture and demand necessary to support a regional ADR initiative.
The start of the regional collaboration took place in Sharm El Sheikh through the first-regional-accredited mediation training organized by IFC in partnership with Switzerland’s State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) from 14-20 January 2012. This training was attended by key representatives of IFC’s clients from the judiciary and the private sector from Egypt, Lebanon and Morocco, including CRCICA, in an effort to establish a regional platform for the exchange of best practices and consolidation of lessons learned in the field of ADR. The participants provided daily feedback on the quality and delivery of training through interpretation, in order for the training provider and interpreters to refine it for subsequent rounds. This training was shadowed by CRCICA trainers, as part of their training, in order for them to start delivering mediation training with CEDR. A number of these trainers is currently delivering with CEDR a commercial mediation training in Beirut. The other trainers are expected to deliver a mediation with CEDR judicial mediation training in Morocco.
CRCICA trainers are currently playing an instrumental role in reviewing the Arabic material to ensure it is up to the required standard and taking note of the regional differences that were observed during the pilot training.