BY ISAAC NICHOLAS
PRIME Minister Peter O’Neill has assured judges that Papua New Guinea will take mediation and arbitration to the next level.
Mr O’Neill, when addressing the International Arbitration and Mediation Conference in Port Moresby yesterday, said the PNG judiciary was now providing the leadership and facilitating for this process that was empowering communities.
“But this process of mediation is important for our business both high and small, for persons in our community who are aggrieved and want their voice to be heard.
“Our next step in our country is making sure that we take the international and domestic arbitration to the next level, we are committed to the process of United Nations Convention.
“We are now producing a draft Arbitration Bill which will be ready for consultation so that the process is complete.
“This committee includes the PNG judiciary with the support and input from Asian Development Bank, UN Commission on International Trade Law and other international bodies are included in the process and off course after the conclusion of the consultation process we will take it to parliament and enacted well before the end of this year.”
Mr O’Neill said the PNG judiciary had also taken steps to make sure that the arbitration process continued to work in the country by making the necessary facilities available and as an annex to the courts.
“This is to ensure that there are appropriate practices taking place in the arbitration process and also in identifying in the court list an arbitration clause that these court cases be removed from the court list and place on the courts arbitration list.
“Our Judiciary will also approve the list of persons to conduct both international and domestic arbitration and this will include some of the most eminent individuals who are attending this conference today,” Mr O’Neill said.