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==General Information==
==General Information==
* Official name: Africa ADR
* Official name: Africa ADR

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[edit] General Information

  • Official name: Africa ADR
  • Country: South Africa
  • City: Johannesburg
  • Type of organization: Non-profit organization
  • Date of creation: -
  • Interests: Arbitration - Mediation – Conciliation
  • Fields of expertise: Commercial Disputes

[edit] Description

Africa ADR was established in conformance with the resolutions of the General Assembly of the United Nations which encourage the use of alternative and appropriate methods for the resolution of civil disputes.

Africa ADR is a non-profit, dispute resolution administering authority, which is neutral and independent. It provides comprehensive and complete administrative services in the resolution of regional and international disputes whether by way of arbitration, mediation or conciliation.

It is a corporate partnership between participating African arbitral institutions, business and the legal profession that aims to facilitate trade and commercial interaction between countries in the region and those who invest in African countries.

Africa ADR offers a modern, speedier, cost effective and less abrasive way of resolving commercial disputes across borders.

[edit] General Support and Endorsement

There is a broad consensus amongst a range of relevant institutions that Africa ADR fulfils an important need. It is endorsed and supported by –

  • Business Unity South Africa (BUSA);
  • NEPAD Business Foundation (NBF);
  • The Institute of Directors of Southern Africa (IOD);
  • The Arbitration Foundation of Southern Africa (AFSA);
  • The Mauritian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI);
  • Centro de Arbitragem Conciliaçăo e Mediaçăo (CACM);
  • Centre d’Arbitrage Du Congo (CDA);
  • Leading attorney firms with African and overseas clientele including, in South Africa, Bowman Gilfillan Inc; DLA Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr Inc; Deneys Reitz; Edward Nathan Sonnenbergs Inc; Glyn & Marais Inc; Rooth Wessels Motla Conradie Inc; Routledge-Modise in association with Eversheds; Tugendhaft Wapnick Banchetti & Partners; Webber Wentzel; Werksmans Inc.;
  • The Lex Africa Network;
  • General Council of the Bar of SA; Cape Bar; Johannesburg Bar; Pretoria Bar;
  • Leading accounting firms including Deloitte & Touche; Ernst & Young; KPMG; PriceWaterhouseCoopers Inc;

[edit] The Need for an African Arbitral Authority

Commercial disputes are unavoidable; hence, efficient mechanisms for their resolution are essential. Cross-border disputes are no different, and should generally be resolved by mediation, arbitration and conciliation. These forms of dispute resolution work best when a well-resourced, neutral and credible arbitral body administers the process.

Africa has lacked any dispute resolution authority with a continental reach.

It has, in effect, imported such services from Europe at high cost. Elsewhere there has been a move to establish regional arbitral authorities which cater specifically to regional needs. China, Russia, India, Singapore and Dubai are but recent examples. All these institutions oil the wheels of international trade and commerce.

Africa ADR is the most recent such initiative. Initially managed by a multi-national steering committee under the leadership of the Arbitration Foundation of Southern Africa, it is, with immediate effect to provide comprehensive dispute resolution services throughout Africa at approved venues.

[edit] Contact

Maisels Chambers, 4 Protea Place, SANDTON. Johannesburg; P.O.BOX 653007 Benmore 2010 – South Africa

Tel: 27 (0)82 837 5029

Fax: 27 11 320 0533

Email: africa-adr@vodamail.co.za

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