The newly established Bahamas Chapter of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) is setting its sights high–hoping to achieve branch status by the end of this year and transform The Bahamas into an international hub for dispute resolution within five years.
Chair of the CIArb Bahamas Chapter, Bertha Cooper-Rousseau, is optimistic about the organization’s future. “We have been building partnerships with the judiciary, policymakers and practitioners,” she says. “There is that partnership, that commitment. Now we have to see it implemented.”
The Chapter, which was launched in June 2010, offers training courses to all professionals wishing to become certified arbitrators. Cooper-Rousseau says all professionals can become arbitrators and is particularly keen to target engineers, accountants, quantity surveyors and contractors. Its first introductory course attracted 75 participants, and the organization is hoping more will get involved during a second round to be held before the end of the year.