Qatar International Center for Conciliation and Arbitration (QICCA) of Qatar Chamber confirmed its keenness to make more efforts to keep abreast of developments in the field of arbitration and its rules and procedures, noting that in the year 2019 the centre registered 26 arbitration cases, issued seven judgments, and two conciliation and mediation verdicts.
The State of Qatar has become a regional arbitration centre after a remarkable development in the prevalence of arbitration, QICCA board member for International Relations Sheikh Thani bin Ali al Thani said, noting that the issuance of the arbitration law in civil and commercial matters has fostered the culture of arbitration in the business community and made arbitration an effective legal instrument.
This came during a press statement on the sidelines of a seminar held by the QICCA on the practical difficulties which faces the arbitration proceedings, which discussed the procedural aspects of arbitration in commercial disputes, the formal rules applicable and the study of practical problems that face the progress of the arbitration case.
Executive Director of the AMAN Centre, Mansour al Saadi said the contemporary legal systems have established a legal regulation of commercial arbitration upon which there is an agreement, and that defines commercial disputes brought before it, simplifies how to choose the procedural rules on which it is based, and the substantive rules to which disputes are subject in order to avoid practical problems and ensure that the requirements of the adversaries are met.
He added during his opening speech that the arbitration litigation is a set of interlocking procedures that take place during a period of time, and aims to investigate the case and form an opinion on it in order to issue an arbitration ruling on its subject.
He noted that the arbitration litigation is a procedural way to activate the arbitration agreement, which is characterised by privacy and speed in separation, confidentiality of procedures and mutual trust between the parties on the one hand and the arbitration body on the other hand.
For his part, the international arbitrator accredited to the courts of the Sultanate of Oman Abdul Hanan al Issa hailed the Qatari experience in arbitration, indicating that there is an interest from the Omani side in identifying aspects of institutional arbitration through the QICCA, where work is currently being done on the procedures for the Oman Centre for Conciliation and Arbitration, which was established in 2019.
Issa gave a presentation on the most important points related to the progress of the arbitration lawsuit, the problems related to subcontracting contracts, the procedures followed in free arbitration, the end of procedures for non-payment of arbitration fees, the problem of appointing an expert in the dispute, among others.