Qatar International Center for Conciliation and Arbitration (QICCA) at Qatar Chamber said on Wednesday that all the center’s activities would usually run through online system as a commitment to the instructions of the Ministry of Health in combating Covid-19.
In press statement, QICCA’s board member for international relations HE Sheikh Thani bin Ali Al Thani received a myriad of new arbitration proceedings during April, noting that the center follow other files such as responding to inquiries and contacting with parties to settle the existing arbitration proceedings the within the specified time.
He noted that QICCA has been using modern technologies such as receiving new arbitration applications online through e-mails and conducting remote arbitration sessions.
He also said that the center sought to use modern applications with view to facilitating arbitration services and those working with the Center from companies, businesses, transport companies, contractors, insurance, and national and foreign law offices.
Sheikh Thani pointed out that remote communication through video conference matched legal requirements, affirming that all proceedings are being conducted through closed TV channels that ensure confidence, maintain corporate trade secrets, and allow for deliberation among arbitration members before issuing the final arbitration award.
Sheikh Thani expressed his hope that the virus that hit world countries would end and that the economic activity would return to its usual pace.
QICCA would benefit from this crisis by using electronic communication channels and modern technology applications to record arbitration cases, select arbitrators, form the arbitral tribunal, conduct hearings, exchange notes, make pleadings, and finally issue and send the final award to all parties electronically, he added.