4 December 2012

Angola: Creation of Arbitration Centres Announced

Luanda — The Ministry of Justice and Human Rights is considering relevant steps to set up experimental arbitration centres in the country in 2013, Angop learned Tuesday in Luanda.

The information was released by the minister of Justice and Human Rights, Rui Mangueira.

The minister was speaking at the opening of the First International Conference on Arbitration.

According to Rui Mangueira, the centres will have permanent and institutionalised character to handle matters in the domain of commercial law and consumer conflicts.

The minister also announced actions to ensure the means for-out-of-court settlement of conflicts and mechanisms to secure public defence and inclusion in the Angolan juridical environment the figure of peace tribunal.

The official also admitted there is still a long way in the pursuit of citizen's access to justice.

He also spoke of the need for services that provide responses to various concrete situations of litigation, with juridical, consultation and information aids.

Rui Mangueira also mentioned the need for services of mediation, arbitration and specialised assistance to those who lack financial resources, through a public defence and public attorneys.

"There is also need for an approximation to the New York Convention of 1958 on recognition of arbitrary rulings, so the ministry will work towards that," said the minister.

Rui Mangueira said he believes justice will become closer to the citizen, enabling easier access with simpler and speedier means, with a view to a settlement of all litigations.

"This is a Government's commitment for the 2012-2017 period," he pledged.

The 1st International Conference on Arbitration that is closing on Tuesday, is tackling such topics as "Arbitration in action: recent developments in Portugal", "Arbitration Convention: actual problems", "The arbitration process: between autonomy and legality" and others.

The event is being attended by representatives of the Republic Attorney Office, Bar Association of Angola, courts and local and foreign guests.

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