The AFSA SADC launch on Friday 11 December, was attended by over 200 delegates from across SADC, the African continent and beyond. The keynote speaker was the Honourable Likando Kalaluka, Attorney General of the Republic of Zambia. He described the launch as a long overdue initiative. He was joined by a high- level panel constituted of the Minister of Justice of Namibia Hon. Yvonne Dausab, and the Attorney General of Malawi, Dr. Chikosa Chilungwe. They were joined by representatives of the Minister of Justice from Zimbabwe, Hon. Ziyambi Ziyambi and the Minister of Justice South Africa in an unprecedented show of support from SADC member states.
Together they congratulated the AFSA SADC Division for establishing a standardized panel and project to establish, within SADC under the leadership of the SADC Law Societies, a shared efficient mechanism to resolve commercial and investment disputes so that disputes within SADC are resolved in SADC in accordance with the high standards of a regional dispute resolution culture. This, they reiterated will go a long way in facilitating investor confidence and contributing to development of the SADC region.
Some of the highlighted key objectives of the initiative include, but are not limited to, the training and popularization within the SADC legal communities, a shared set of rules for the conduct of arbitrations and mediations so that a common method for resolving disputes is created.
This also involves giving the SADC countries a united voice and presence on the international arbitration stage, both generally and also as an active participant in the African Silk Road.
Apart from the AFSA founding Members and the 15 SADC Bar Associations under SADCLA, other key stakeholders that joined the webinar with messages of solidarity were;