The total number of arbitration cases filed before CRCICA until 31 March 2016 reached 1086 cases. In the first quarter of 2016, 16 new arbitration cases were filed compared to 14 cases filed in the same quarter in 2015.
CRCICA’s caseload in the first quarter of 2016 involved disputes relating to Services, Construction, Media and Entertainment, Hotel Management, Lease Agreements, Tourism, and Telecommunications.
Disputes arising out of services agreements rank on top of the cases filed during the first quarter of 2016 with six cases, three of which related to contracts concluded to provide petroleum services on the basis of the call out system, to concessions regarding fields in the Egyptian Eastern Desert, the Mediterranean, the Nile Delta, and Sinai. The fourth services case is an international one relating to a contract concluded for the provision of medical device sterilization services to healthcare facilities and industries in Egypt. The fifth case related to the preparation of comprehensive advisory studies for rainwater and floods drainage and the prevention of dangers of flooding to the cities and the center of the village and the abandonment of the provinces of the Riyadh region in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The sixth case related to the collection of industrial, residential and commercial wastes and cleaning services for streets and public utilities located in the southern district – Cairo, Egypt.
Four cases arising out of construction contracts were filed in the first quarter of 2016. The first case is an international one relating to two subcontracts for the design, manufacturing, delivery, erection, installation, electrical installation, commission, and testing of cylindrical metallic silos respectively in Ameriya and Damietta.
The second case related to the execution of the mechanical and electrical works for two showrooms in new Cairo and Alexandria. The third construction case related to the implementation of a number of pumping stations and the household connections for a number of villages located in El Gharbiya governorate in Egypt. The fourth construction case related to subcontracting certain construction works for a real estate project in Cairo, Egypt.
Two media and entertainment cases were filed during the first quarter of 2016. The first one is a purely international case involving an Arab satellite broadcasting company headquartered in Saudi Arabia and a Jordanian company for radio and TV broadcasting. The second case related to a contract concluded between a broadcaster and a well-known production company.
The other cases filed in the first quarter of 2016 included a case arising out of a hotel management contract concerning a resort located in Maya Bay, Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt as well as a telecommunication case arising out of a contract for an international private leased circuit. The first quarter of 2016 also witnessed the filling of a case arising out of a lease agreement concluded between a well-known Egyptian club and a cultural association as well as a case related to the lease of a mooring for two touristic floating hotels in Cairo, Egypt.
The following pie shows a breakdown of the types of disputed contracts during the first quarter of 2016:
The rich variety of the types of disputed contracts referred to CRCICA in the first quarter of 2016 clearly illustrates the importance of arbitration as a means of dispute settlement and confirms the increasing credibility of institutional arbitration under CRCICA’s auspices.
In the first quarter of 2016, arbitration proceedings involved parties from different countries including Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Italy, and Germany. CRCICA is satisfied to see that parties from the Middle East and Europe have recently selected its Arbitration Rules.
The following pie shows a breakdown of the nationalities of non-Egyptian parties during the first quarter of 2016:
The first quarter of 2016 witnessed the appointment of arbitrators coming from Egypt, the USA, and Germany.
The following pie shows a breakdown of the nationalities of non-Egyptian arbitrators during the first quarter of 2016: