The Qatar International Centre for Conciliation and Arbitration (QICCA) received 27 requests for arbitration cases and two requests for conciliation cases, and settled commercial disputes worth QR425mn in 2020, an official has said.
According to QICCA board member for International Relations, Dr Sheikh Thani bin Ali al-Thani, the cases were related to different types of contracts in sectors such as construction, commercial agency, insurance, communications, engineering, real estate brokerage, sales and supply, and financing.
On QICCA’s milestones in 2020, Sheikh Thani said the centre accomplished a number of arbitration cases and training programmes.
QICCA also organised and participated in more than 30 events in person or via video conferencing, and published several scientific researches in Qatar Chamber’s Al Moltaqa Magazine, he said.
Sheikh Thani said QICCA held two sessions of the ‘Qualification and Preparation of the Arbitrators Programme’, in collaboration with the Qatar University’s Community Service and Continuing Education Centre.
One of the sessions was held virtually for the first time with the participation of about 50 trainees.
Further, QICCA, in co-operation with the ‘Excellence Centre for Training and Consulting’ at the Doha Institute for Graduate Studies, organised two online training courses on combating money laundering and terrorist financing, Sheikh Thani said.
The centre, he said, hosted 14 arbitration seminars that touched on various arbitration and legal fields, most of which focused on reviewing the challenges facing arbitration amid the Covid-19 pandemic and precautionary measures taken by all countries in the world. It also hosted seminars that explored ‘The Future of Arbitration after the Pandemic’, ‘Effects of Covid-19 on Commercial Arbitration’, and ‘Use of Technology in Litigation and Arbitration’.
QICCA also held a webinar to mark ‘International Law Day 2020’ and to celebrate the entrance into application of the Singapore Convention, Sheikh Thani said.
In 2020, Sheikh Thani said QICCA hosted and participated in a number of conferences, including the Public-Private Partnership Development Conference, the Corporate Governance Conference, the Arbitration Forum in Qatar, the ‘2020 International Virtual Conference Innovation, Creativity, and Entrepreneurship Ecosystem’ (ICICEE), and a virtual conference on arbitration in accordance with the rules of the new International Chamber of Commerce (ICC).
To enhance cooperation in the field of arbitration with the concerned authorities, QICCA signed an agreement with the Centre for Community Service and Continuing Education at Qatar University to co-operate in holding programmes in arbitration and dispute resolution in the fields of law, investment, and trade, Sheikh Thani said.