On Nov.15th, 2018, China Maritime Arbitration Commission (CMAC) delegation headed by Dr. Bo Chen, Deputy Secretary-General of CMAC visited Asian International Arbitration Center (AIAC) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and co-hosted a maritime arbitration seminar with AIAC.

(Prof. Sundra Rajoo talks with CMAC Delegation.)

       Prof. Sundra Rajoo, Director of AIAC received the delegation warmly and introduced the history, developing strategy and services of AIAC in detail. He elaborated upon the innovated AIAC services including adjudication, mediation and arbitration. He said, as Asia became the center of world economy, it would surely emerge as a new arbitration hub and AIAC was seizing this opportunity to promote the development of arbitraiton industry in Asia. After the conversation, Prof. Sundra Rajoo and Dr. Bo Chen exchanged gifts respectively on behalf of AIAC and CMAC.

(the Seminar)

       In the evening, CMAC and AIAC co-hosted a seminar on “The Maritime Silk Road: Exploring Dispute Resolution Opportunities” and had an insightful discussion over the opportunities and challenges the maritime arbitration industry is faced with under the background of BRI and over 50 arbitration practitioners attended this seminar.

(the Speakers)

       This seminar was moderated by Ms.Trishelea Ann Sandosam,  senior associate from Skrine. Dr. Bo Chen delivered a speech on “Arbitrating Maritime Disputes in China: Past, Present and Future” and introduced the history, caseload, arbitration rules, services of CMAC, laws concerning the enforcement of arbitral awards, the development of ad hoc arbitration in China, etc. Ms. Zhiping Zhang, Director of Beijing Filong Law Firm/CMAC Arbitrator addressed a speech on “An overview of the Maritime Projects under the Umbrella of the Belt and Road: Perspective from China”, sharing her insights into the development of marine economy with the implementation of B&R initiative, the parties’ increasing demand for ADR, the relevant legislation and the great potential of maritime arbitration market. Mr. Quck Ngee Meng, Director of Malaysia-China Business Council delivered a speech on “An overview of the Maritime Projects under the Umbrella of the Belt and Road: Perspective from Malaysia”. Ms. Sitpah Selvaratnam, Consultant of Tommy Thomas and President of International Malaysian Society of Maritime Law delivered a lecture on “Maritime Dispute Resolution Mechanisms in Malaysia: Growth and Development”.

Commenting on the event, Dr. Bo Chen said:“This seminar is another important step taken by CMAC to promote the Chinese arbitraiton services abroad. Through the interaction with AIAC and Malaysian legal practitioners, CMAC intends to recommend more “Oriental Experience” to the international arbitraiton community, learn in depth from other arbitration institutions and increase awareness of the Chinese maritime arbitration among the B&R countries.”