The Cairo Regional Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (CRCICA)

CRCICA is the oldest arbitration centre in Africa and the Middle East established in 1979 under the auspices of the Asian-African Legal Consultative Organization (AALCO). The Headquarters Agreement concluded in 1987 between AALCO and the Egyptian government recognised CRCICA’s status as an independent non-profit international organisation and conferred upon the centre, its director and staff all necessary privileges and immunities ensuring its independent functioning. CRCICA has a solid institutional structure governed by an international board of trustees composed of 25 eminent figures from 12 countries and is supported by an advisory committee of 16 eminent practitioners from seven countries. CRCICA is considered as a neutral forum for the host state, regional governments or state entities, based on its long record of administration of high value and complex disputes. The African Development Bank recognised CRCICA as one of the best arbitration centres across the African Continent and elsewhere. CRCICA fulfils the AFDB’s requirement of neutrality even in cases of commonality of origin between one of the parties to the arbitration (notably if it is the state party) and the hosting state of the centre, ie, Egypt. The CRCICA Arbitration Rules are based on the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules with some minor amendments emanating mainly from the centre’s role as an arbitral institution and an appointing authority. Since its establishment, CRCICA has administered 1,248 cases, many with international elements. Awards of the centre are published in both Arabic and English, without disclosing the identities or nationalities of the concerned parties.

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