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Kuwaiti representative at arbitration court seeks to activate role of Arab, Asian countries
May 18, 2014, 3:46 pm
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Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) executive board observer and finance and administrative committee chairman, Tareq Al-Shumaimry,

Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) executive board observer and finance and administrative committee chairman, Tareq Al-Shumaimry, said that efforts are being made to activate and maximize the role of Arab and Asian countries and new members of the court.

Al-Shumaimry, representative of Kuwait at the PCA at The Hague, in a statement to KUNA, said efforts were also being made to benefit the member states with the various services offered by the court.

He had headed a meeting of the finance and administrative committee held last Thursday and Friday to discuss of a number of topics on the agenda. Al-Shumaimry stated that he is coordinating efforts between the PCA and the Council of the Kuwaiti judiciary, who plan to meet soon following an invitation to visit the court at The Hague for the exchange of knowledge, experiences and mutual cooperation.

On the role of Kuwait in the PCA, Al-Shumaimry, who took office in the court last October, noted that it was the first time that the high post went to a person from the Arab, Asian and African countires. He noted that these positions were previously limited to members from Western countries for reasons of geographical reality and proximity to the court.

He stated that the accession of the Gulf Cooperation Council to the PCA began in 2002 when Saudi Arabia joined followed by Kuwait in 2003 and then the rest of the GCC countries during the period 2005 to 2008. He said that despite the accession of Kuwait relatively late to the court, did not prevent its access to senior positions.

He added that this was the result of joint efforts of Kuwaiti officials, the State of Kuwait and KuwaitØ¢’s distinctive international reputation. He concluded his statement to KUNA by thanking His Highness the Amir, Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah and the political leadership for the big confidence which was entrusted to him in the representation of the State of Kuwait at the PCA.

He also expressed his thanks to the First Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah Al-Khalid, Kuwaiti foreign ministry undersecretary Khaled Al-Jarallah, and Ambassador of Kuwait in the Netherlands Hafeedh Al-Ajmi, for their guidance and support in order to facilitate his work at the court. The PCA is an intergovernmental organization with 115 member states. It was established in 1899 to facilitate arbitration and other forms of dispute resolution between states

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