Permanent Court of Arbitration at the Mauritius Chamber of Commerce and Industry

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[edit] General Information

  • Official name: Permanent Court of Arbitration at the Mauritius Chamber of Commerce and Industry
  • Country: Malta
  • City: Saint-Louis
  • Type of organization: Chamber of Commerce and Industry
  • Date of creation: 1850
  • Interests: Arbitration
  • Fields of expertise: Trade Disputes

[edit] Description of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry

[edit] History

The Mauritius Chamber of Commerce and Industry, established in 1850, is the oldest non-profit making institution representing the private sector in Mauritius. With the increase in the island's volume of trade during the first decades of British administration, the Mauritian business community felt the need for a formal representational and arbitration framework to foster the interests of the trading community and to settle disputes and conflicts arising in trade-related activities.

The present-day Chamber originally came into being as the 'Chamber of Commerce'. It took on its present name of 'Mauritius Chamber of Commerce and Industry' in 1965, when the country was moving towards independence and was contemplating the diversification of its economy through appropriate forms of industrial activities.

Since its launching, the Mauritius Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI) has evolved from a purely representative and consultative body to a dynamic actor in the socio-economic development of the country. Throughout its years of existence, it has constantly striven to carry out its fundamental mission of defending and promoting the vital interests of its Members. It has also set up and developed the organizational structures capable of providing a wide range of highly professional services.

Furthermore, as the main voice of the Mauritian business community, it has always maintained close links with Government and increasingly contributed to the development process of the country. And just as importantly, it has set up links and affiliations at international level with inter-governmental and private organisations aimed at widening its scope of activities and better promoting Mauritius on the world scene.

As for discussions relating to the development of commercial and industrial activities, the MCCI is regularly solicited and makes submissions directly to representatives of the Government ministries and departments concerned.

[edit] Services

The Legal Department makes available two types of services:

  • Advice and information regarding the legal and administrative aspects of business undertakings in Mauritius, in particular company law, intellectual property rights, laws related to business environment, and to fair competition and trading practices.
  • An efficient settlement of trade dispute mechanism with the setting up of a Permanent Court of Arbitration.

[edit] Permanent Courts of Arbitration

The Permanent Courts of Arbitration offers the following advantage:

  • quick and flexible settlement of disputes;
  • confidentiality of proceedings;
  • accessibility to all economic operators whether Mauritian or foreign;
  • arbitration rules based on international standards (ICC, UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules);
  • close monitoring throughout the overall process, from the initial request to the final award;
  • choice of arbitrator(s) by the parties to a dispute from a panel of national and international eminent professionals.

The Mauritius Chamber of Commerce and Industry is a member of the 1958 New York Convention on Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards which renders the venue of arbitral proceedings more attractive in Mauritius and which also contributes to positioning the MCCI Arbitration Court as a major centre in the region.

Furthermore, the Court has entered into cooperation agreements with arbitration Centers in Germany in several countries including Australia, France, India and Kenya.

[edit] Contact

3, Royal Street, Port-Louis, Mauritius.

Tel: (230) 208 3301

Fax: (230) 208 0076

Email: request online

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