2nd Singapore-China International Commercial Dispute Resolution Conference was Successfully Held
On 7 April 2022, the 2nd Singapore-China International Commercial Dispute Resolution Conference, co-hosted by the International Commercial Dispute Prevention and Settlement Organization (ICDPASO), China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT), and the Singapore Ministry of Law was successfully held. This conference is jointly organized by the Secretariat of ICDPASO, Secretariat of Maritime Silk Road Central Legal District (MSRCLD), CCPIT Xiamen Sub-Council, Department of Legal Affairs of CCPIT, and Maxwell Chambers of Singapore, with three venues in Xiamen and Beijing of China, and Singapore.
Edwin TONG SC, Minister for Culture, Community and Youth and Second Minister for Law of Singapore, LUO Dongchuan, Deputy Secretary of CPC Fujian Provincial Committee, Head of the Commission for Political and Legal Affairs of CPC Fujian Provincial Committee, and Head of MSRCLD Leading Group, LUI Tuck Yew, Singapore’s Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China, CUI Yonghui, Member of the Standing Committee of CPC Fujian Provincial Committee, Secretary of CPC Xiamen Municipal Committee, and Head of MSRCLD Xiamen Leading Group, and REN Hongbin, Secretary of CPC Party Leadership Group and Chairman of CCPIT addressed the conference at the opening ceremony.
On the theme “Development and Future of International Commercial Dispute Resolution”, this conference discussed the current development and prospects of international commercial dispute resolutions including litigation, arbitration and mediation, creating an important platform for China and Singapore to work together to better help enterprises in preventing and resolving commercial disputes and improving the alternative resolution mechanisms on international commercial disputes.
In the opening speech, Mr. Edwin TONG SC said that Singapore Ministry of Law will sign a memorandum of cooperation (MOC) with CCPIT for establishing the Singapore-China International Commercial Dispute Resolution Conference as a permanent conference, building a platform for international exchange and cooperation between the governments, legal personnel, enterprises and scholars of both Singapore and China. The two sides will also establish the Singapore-China Joint Dispute Resolution Mechanism Working Group Experts Team and gather the wisdom of legal experts from both countries to jointly build an efficient and innovative alternative resolution mechanism on international commercial disputes.
Mr. LUO Dongchuan said that the MSRCLD construction is now riding on the momentum, speeding up and increasing efficiency. He hoped that the relevant legal institutions in Singapore and the MSRCLD will further strengthen their cooperation, deepen and expand their communication, and achieve a win-win situation in the process of helping and learning from each other, and jointly building a first-class legal service district with international influence and a preferred place which will settle foreign-related commercial and maritime dispute resolutions, help both sides expand their investment and trade exchanges, and promote more fruitful cooperation.
In his speech, His Excellency LUI Tuck Yew introduced the close bilateral relationship between Singapore and China and talked about how to further strengthen cooperation between the two countries and create a good and stable doing business environment for enterprises in Singapore and China. He also noted that the forum was a useful platform for judges, commercial community and legal experts of China and Singapore to interact with each other and enhance understanding.
Mr. CUI Yonghui said that Xiamen will thoroughly study and implement the important spirit of the congratulatory letter from Xi Jinping, General Secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, on the 40th anniversary of the establishment of the Xiamen Special Economic Zone. In accordance with the deployment requirements of CPC Fujian Provincial Committee and Fujian Provincial People's Government, Xiamen will keep in mind the mission of the Special Economic Zone, accelerate the construction of the MSRCLD, and strive to build a legal gathering with international influence and a preferred place for foreign-related commercial and maritime dispute resolution, and pragmatically promote international cooperation and mutual benefit.
Mr. REN Hongbin stressed that the improvement of diversified dispute resolution mechanism and proper resolution of international commercial disputes is an important guarantee for the equal protection of the legitimate rights and interests of enterprises, and an important channel for deepening cooperation and win-win development. China and Singapore should persevere in keeping pace with the times and promoting innovative development of international commercial dispute resolution, persevere in interconnection and interoperability to achieve synergistic development of international commercial legal cooperation, and persevere in partnership to support the development of economic globalization.
LYU Zhongmei, Member and Deputy Resident Director of the Committee on Social and Legal Affairs of the Standing Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference National Committee, Vice President of China Law Society, Andre MANIAM, Judge of the High Court of Singapore, WANG Shumei, Member of the Adjudication Committee of the Supreme People’s Court (the SPC), the Chief Judge of the Fourth Civil Division of the SPC and Judge of China International Commercial Court, Johnny TEO, Assistant Chief Executive Officer (China) of Enterprise Singapore, HUANG Jin, President of China Society of International Law (Member of ICDPASO Council), President of China Society of Private International Law (Member of ICDPASO Supervisory Committee) and Professor of the China University of Political Science and Law (Member of ICDPASO Advisory Committee), TIN Pei Ling, Chief Executive Officer of Business China participated and delivered keynote speeches.
LIU Jingdong, Director of International Economic Law Department of the Institute for International Law of Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Member of the International Commercial Expert Committee of the Supreme People's Court, TAN Ken Hwee, Chief Transformation and Innovation Officer (Judiciary), Supreme Court of Singapore, HUANG Huikang, former Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the People’s Republic of China to Malaysia, Member of the United Nations International Law Commission and former Director General of the Department of Treaty and Law of China’s Foreign Ministry, Gilbert LEONG, Senior Partner of Dentons Rodyk, Lucy REED, President of Singapore International Arbitration Centre Court of Arbitration, President of International Council for Commercial Arbitration and Independent Arbitrator of Arbitration Chambers (New York), XIAO Yongping, Director of the Institute of International Law of Wuhan University (Member of ICDPASO Advisory Committee), Vice President of Chinese Society of International Law, TAY Yu-Jin, President of Singapore Institute of Arbitrators (SIArb), LI Hu, Vice Chairman of China Maritime Arbitration Commission, Arbitrator of International Center for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) designated by the Government of the People's Republic of China, MA Hao, Vice President of All-China Patent Attorneys Association (Member of ICDPASO Advisory Committee), former President of International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property, William ONG, Partner and Co-Head (Litigation & Dispute Resolution), Allen & Gledhill LLP of Singapore, WANG Xuehua, Founding Partner of Huanzhong & Partners, Executive Director of China Arbitration Law Society (Member of ICDPASO Supervisory Committee), CHAN Hock Keng, Partner & Head of Commercial & Corporate Disputes Practice, WongPartnership LLP of Singapore participated in the conference online or in person, and fully discussed the topics and expressed their opinions in panel discussions.
HUANG Xiaozhou, Member of the Standing Committee of CPC Xiamen Municipal Committee, Vice Mayor of Xiamen Municipal People's Government and Deputy Head of MSRCLD Xiamen Leading Group, Daryl CHEW, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Maxwell Chambers Pte Ltd, Managing Partner, Co-Chair of Young Singapore International Arbitration Centre (YSIAC) Committee, and LIU Chao, Director General of Department of Legal Affairs of CCPIT, Secretary-General of ICDPASO attended the conferenceand made concluding speeches.
KE Liangdong, Member of CPC Party Leadership Group and Vice Chairman of CCPIT, Ellis SEE, Second Director (Legal Industry Division) of Singapore Ministry of Law, LEE Huay Leng, Editor-in-Chief of Chinese Media Group of SPH Media, ZHONG Xingguo, Chairman of Xiamen Arbitration Commission, HEE Theng Fong, Consultant of Harry Elias Partnership LLP of Singapore, KE Biru, Secretary of CPC Party Leadership Group and Chairperson of CCPIT Xiamen Sub - Council were the moderators hosting sessions of Opening Ceremony, Announcement of Achievements, Keynote Speeches, Panel Discussion and Closing Remarks.
A number of signing and launching ceremonies were also conducted at the conference which include the MOC signing between CCPIT and Singapore Ministry of Law, the Announcement of members of Singapore-China Joint Dispute Resolution Mechanism Working Group Experts Team, and a Tri-party MOC signing between the MSRCLD Xiamen Leading Group Office, Department of Legal Affairs of CCPIT, and Secretariat of ICDPASO. Calvin PHUA, Deputy Secretary of the Singapore Ministry of Law, LI Weihua, Member of the Standing Committee of CPC Xiamen Municipal Committee, Head of the Commission for Political and Legal Affairs of CPC Xiamen Municipal Committee and Executive Deputy Head of MSRCLD Xiamen Leading Group, SHU Huan, Deputy Director General of Department of Legal Affairs of CCPIT and other guests attended the conference as signatories
The conference was held in a combination of virtual and physical formats, with over 100 guests including government officials, experts, scholars and entrepreneurs from China and Singapore attending in person. About 2 million viewers around the world watched the conference simultaneously through live streaming platforms such as Xinhua Silk Road and the Cloud Platform of MSRCLD.