The Lagos Court of Arbitration (LCA) is set to convene the first regional West African ADR Conference as part of activities to deepen the awareness around Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) through high level discussions about the effective and efficient management of commercial disputes in West Africa and Nigeria.
The conference, which comes up on 5th November, 2013, is themed ‘Disputes Arising’ and organized in partnership with The Investment Climate Facility for Africa (ICF), will hold at the prominent Eko Convention Centre, Eko Hotel & Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos, and will attract speakers and delegates within the Business and Law community in and out of Nigeria.
Megha Joshi, Executive Secretary/Chief Executive Officer, Lagos Court of Arbitration (LCA), who spoke on the conference, said, “The aim of this conference is to boost knowledge about arbitration and mediation options. The sessions have been structured so participants can benefit from the experience of leading General Counsels and experts, in key sectors in dealing with disputes arising, fast and effectively to ensure business progresses without major disruptions”.
Speaking further, she stated that “as a major stakeholder and provider of ADR services in Nigeria and West Africa, the LCA is keen to facilitate a conference that will enlighten attendants of the many benefits of ADR to ease the flow of business.
Joshi added that the conference will also offer a platform to interact with key players and counterparts from other parts of the world as well as opportunities to develop business relationships with high profile business leaders doing business in Nigeria and other West Africa countries.
The keynote speaker for the conference is Arnold Ekpe, Director, Sovereign Wealth Fund and former Group CEO of Eko Bank Plc under whose leadership became the first genuine pan-African institution. Speakers for the conference are drawn from within and outside of Nigeria and are reputable business owners and managers, and administrators of Alternative Dispute Resolution centers.
They include; Rosalind Kainyah, Vice President, External Affairs, Tullow Oil Plc, London; Christopher Von Krause, Partner, White & Case, Paris, France; Opuiyo Oforiokuma, Managing Director, ARM Infrastructure, Lagos, Nigeria and Professor Moussa Samb, Director of the Research & Information Centre at the Superior School for Judiciary Training of OHADA, Dakar, Senegal.
Others are Benoit Le Bars, Founding & Managing Partner, Lazareff Le Bars Paris, France; Duncan Bagshaw, Registrar, Mauritius International Arbitration Center , Mauritius; Thiery Gakuba Ngoga, Registrar, Kigali International Arbitration Centre, Kigali, Rwanda; Fedelma Claire Smith, Legal Counsel, Permanent Court of Arbitration, Mauritius; Eyo Ekpo, Commissioner for Marketing, Competition and Rates, Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission(NERC) Lagos, Nigeria and Josephine Amuwa, Director of Legal Services, NCC Nigerian Communications Commission, Lagos, Nigeria.
The Lagos Court of Arbitration has been engaging businesses and stakeholders within and outside of Nigeria on the increasing need for an international standard alternative dispute resolution center. These initiatives include capacity building among judicial officers as well as drumming up awareness for the LCA in local and international circles including recent events like the Nigerian Bar Association Annual Conference held in Calabar, International Marketplace Conference held in London, International Meeting of Business Law in Africa held in Mauritius, and the Annual Conference of the Internal Bar Association held in Boston.
As an international center, the LCA is a natural and neutral, efficient and reliable service provider in one the world’s most important developing economies.
To register for the conference go to www.lagosarbitration.org.
Source: Maryann Balogun www.quadrantcompany.com