Madam Mok I Leng (Macau lawyer and President of the Board of the “Public Trust International Arbitration Association (Macao)” – PTIAA) and Ms. Esther Li, trainee lawyer in Macau and Vice-President and Secretary-General of the said Association, met as part of a work group in Zhuhai on April 10th 2019, among others, with Dr. Liu Wenwu, Dr. Han Haidong, Dr. Li Lihua, Dr. Huang Kaixin, Dr. Qiu Song, Dr. Shi Fu, and Dr. Chen Hongcun
Madam Mok I Leng (Macau lawyer and President of the Board of the “Public Trust International Arbitration Association (Macao)” – PTIAA) and Ms. Esther Li, trainee lawyer in Macau and Vice-President and Secretary-General of the said Association, met as part of a work group in Zhuhai on April 10th 2019, among others, with Dr. Liu Wenwu (lawyer and secretary of Yingke Law Firm in Zhuhai), Dr. Han Haidong (President of Zhongshan Sub-Commission of China Guangzhou Arbitration Commission), Dr. Li Lihua and Dr. Huang Kaixin (secretaries of the said Commission), Dr. Qiu Song (lawyer and Finance Director and a member of the benefits commission of the Zhuhai Lawyers Association), Dr. Shi Fu (lawyer and secretary of Beijing Zhongyin Law Firm (Zhuhai) and Dr. Chen Hongcun (lawyer) (“Participants”).
It was considered by the Participants that the said Guangzhou Arbitration Commission in Zhongshan is the sole arbitration entity, and which resolves, disputes of civil and commercial nature arisen among private entities. It was also considered by the Participants, the status quo of arbitration in Zhongshan, among other aspects, the time duration usually needed for the resolution of a given case, and the criteria for the determination of the costs with a case.
It was also considered by the Participants, the stage and development pace of arbitration and mediation in Macau and Hong Kong.
As for Macau, it was considered that nowadays, it performs a relevant role within the promotion and development of the Great Bay Area (Macau – Hong Kong – Zhuhai) and that it is expected to see an added increase to the level of institutional cooperation not only at the private sector level but also at the public-sector level, regarding the three regions.
As for the neighbouring region of Hong Kong, it was also considered the “Apology Ordinance” provided in Chapter 631 of the Laws of Hong Kong, aiming at promoting and encouraging to present apologies in turn aiming at avoiding the escalation of disputes and thus facilitating an amicable resolution. It was therein also considered that the development status regarding this matter is different in Mainland China and in Macau.
The exchange of information between the Participants was a great success and a great start of relations with PTIAA with similar institutions, which will thus contribute pursuant to its Articles, towards the increase of study, understanding and cooperation between institutions and professionals from the three regions in the field of arbitration.
Upon closing the meeting of the Participants, Madam Mok I Leng also expressed having been quite pleased with the success of the meeting held and discussion had, having also taken the opportunity to welcome the said Dr. Han Haidong and Dr. Liu Wenwu, who became consultants of PTIAA.