Ms. F. Smith, legal officer and PCA Representative in Mauritius, met the Hon. Minister on 12 May in the context of her farewell call. It was an opportunity to mention the achievements during her tenure. The Mauritius branch is the sole PCA branch outside the Hague.
The Hon. Minister expressed appreciation for her effort in raising the level of activity of the Mauritius branch. A major achievement, Mauritius shall host the biennial “International Council for Commercial Arbitration” (ICCA) in 2016, which would be attended by some 600 persons. ICCA 2014 was held in Miami this month, and the last one was held in Singapore (2012), where the Mauritius bid succeeded.
On 15-16 December 2014, Mauritius shall also host the third “Mauritius International Arbitration Conference” (MIAC). MIAC 2014 will be organised by the Mauritius Board of Investment and the London Centre for International Arbitration-MIAC Arbitration Centre. As with previous MIAC conferences, and uniquely amongst international arbitration events, MIAC 2014 will be held under the auspices of six major international arbitration institutions: UNCITRAL, the LCIA, the Permanent Court of Arbitration at The Hague, ICSID, the ICC and ICCA. The conference will feature prominent international figures in the field leading interactive and practical workshops on major issues of current interest. The conference will be of particular relevance to those working in, or interested in, cross-border disputes with an African connection.
The Mauritius branch held a reception in her honour on 13 May 2014. Ms Smith’s successor in Mauritius is Mr Dirk Pulkowski, who has already arrived.