By Tim Taylor QC Chiz Nwokonkor King & Wood Mallesons
From Abidjan to Tunis, arbitration centres are on the rise in Africa. This upward trend has mirrored the growth and gradual diversification of many African economies. The growth can be seen to be driven along sector lines, with the vast majority of disputes coming before such institutions emanating from the telecoms, infrastructure and energy sectors. Clear leaders in this space are the Kigali International Arbitration Centre which, in just over two years, has heard around 30 cases, several of which were international disputes, and the Mauritius International Arbitration Centre which, wisely connecting itself to the LCIA, has the support and credibility to become an arbitration platform for the entire continent. We focus here on two recent initiatives in Nigeria and Djibouti that are emblematic of the next generation of African arbitration centres.
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