On 25 March 2014, the Legal Committee of the French Chamber of Commerce in Egypt (CCFE), headed by Mrs. Arig Ali organized its second Mediation Seminar for the CCFE on: «Commercial Mediation, an Effective Tool for Dispute Resolution». The half-day event took place at the Aida Ballroom, Marriott Hotel, Cairo, Egypt and was attended by more than 60 persons from different backgrounds.
The Seminar was intended to discuss new developments in alternative dispute resolution, analyze and share experiences while focusing on the most important practical issues in mediation, based on what’s happening right now in the field.
The Seminar offered to companies an opportunity to discuss mediation which is a rapidly evolving and widely used method for dispute resolution that have proved successful in many jurisdictions. The Seminar was also the forum where companies and their in-house counsels shared best practices and lessons learned in order to stay in control of their claims and disputes.
CRCICA Director was invited to explain the salient features of the new CRCICA Mediation Rules in force since January 2013. He also shared his recent experience as mediator in two mediation cases that were successfully concluded.
Other speakers included Judge Wadie Hana Nashed, the Secretary General of the Committee drafting the mediation law at the Egyptian Ministry of Justice, who tackled the future of mediation in Egypt, while focusing on the salient features of the draft mediation law. A second panel moderated by Dr. Maged Ackad, Managing Partner of Ackad Law Office and CEDR Accredited Mediator, included Dr. Eman Mansour, Director of the Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes at the General Authority for Investment and Free Zones (GAFI), who explained the practical experience of her Centre in the settlement of disputes by mediation. Finally, Ms. Famta Ibrahim, Operations Officer, IFC Advisory Services, Middle East and North Africa-Commercial Justice Program, addressed the role of IFC in the development of mediation in Egypt.