CADR facilitates training and development skills in mediation and arbitration for both formal and informal sectors. Targeted groups are business supporting organizations, attorneys-at-law, community leaders, business/ property owners, senior government officials and professionals in various fields. In September 2013, CADR held the first set of trainings on arbitration for 25 participants, and on mediation and ADR in general for 50 participants. SLCCIA and the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) jointly funded these trainings. More flexible and customized trainings are also being planned by the CADR to provide long-term technical support for the Centre.
CADR monitors and manage disputes handled by CADR trained mediators and arbitrators to ensure transparency and fairness using established CADR rules which are based on the world recognized UNCITRAL model.
The CADR has earned a reputation from businesses as being independent and credible body which ensure fairness, confidentiality, speed and efficiency in handling their disputes. This is guaranteed through the fact that businesses using CADR need not use CADR trained mediators or arbitrators but can engage their own experts nationally or internationally and make use of the CADR facilities as an established ADR venue. CADR also ensure that such experts are properly accredited as mediators or arbitrators and that the parties understand the risks involved.
The SLCCIA has been facilitating ADR among members for many years between members and external bodies. Examples of these are: mediation for members with the government on the issue of timber embargo; mediation on a reputation matter for a member and a regulatory body; and mediation on agricultural sector matters in distribution and supply contracts. The establishment of CADR has helped to formalize these ADR activities and extended the benefit of ADR to non-SLCCIA members countrywide, and within the regional business community.
Administration and Record Keeping
CADR oversee and provide administrative support for the settling of disputes. CADR also manage and ensure proper record keeping of cases that have been settled using ADR methods.
CADR provide services in support of the Commercial Court ADR process which requires external independent mediation to be undertaken by parties before submitting cases to the Commercial Court.
How to refer Disputes to CADR
Disputes can be referred to the CADR through a procedure administered by the CADR in two ways:
- By a clause in a contract providing for the reference of all future disputes under that contract, or
- By a separate agreement providing for the reference of an existing dispute.