The Cairo Regional Centre for International Commercial Arbitration was established in 1979 by AALCO and the Egyptian Government for an experimental period of three years. In 1983, an agreement was concluded between AALCO and the Egyptian Government for granting permanent status to the Cairo Centre.
The Cairo Centre offers specialized services to settle trade and investment disputes, through arbitration. It includes also Alternative Dispute Resolution techniques (ADR) such as conciliation, mediation and technical expertise. Apart from this, the Centre also offers advice to parties to international commercial and investment contracts with regards to drafting these contracts, promote arbitration and other ADR techniques in the Afro-Asian region through the organization of international conferences and seminars and organize training programs for international arbitrators and legal scholars from the Afro-Asian region through the Centre’s Institute for Arbitration and Investment. The Cairo Centre follows the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules with certain modification.
Apart from this, the Cairo Centre had also established the Institute of Arbitration and Investment in 1990; the Institute of Arab and African Arbitrators in Egypt in 1991; the Centre’s Maritime Arbitration Branch in Alexandria, which is meant to deal exclusively with maritime disputes, in 1992; the Cairo Branch of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators of London in 1999; Alexandria Centre for International Arbitration in 2001; and a Mediation and ADR Centre as a branch of the Cairo Centre to administer commercial arbitration and other peaceful non-binding means of avoiding and settling trade and investment disputes, in 2001.