Javier Íscar was unanimously elected as the new CIAR president; the president of CONFIEP, María Isabel León, new vice president of the institution and Ximena Gómez, as the new general secretary.
The event was opened by the Ibero-American Secretary General, Rebeca Grynpan; the president of CEOE, Antonio Garamendi; the outgoing president of CIAR, Luis Martí Mingarro; and the president of the General Council of Spanish Lawyers, Victoria Ortega.
CIAR approves the incorporation of ten new partners, among them the Council of Ibero-American Entrepreneurs-CEIB.
Authorities, deans, lawyers and representatives of business organizations and companies in Ibero-America participated on December 3 in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Assembly of the Ibero-American Arbitration Center (CIAR), in which internal issues of the Institution were addressed and said goodbye after a long history, the current president, Luis Martí Mingarro and the vice president, Rodrigo Oreamuno. The event was opened by the Ibero-American Secretary General, Rebeca Grynpan; the president of CEOE, Antonio Garamendi; the outgoing president of CIAR, Luis Martí Mingarro; and the president of the General Council of Spanish Lawyers, Victoria Ortega.
During the Assembly, Javier Íscar was unanimously elected as the new CIAR president, replacing Luis Martí, who promised to continue with the efforts made so far at the Center and showed his firm commitment to conflict resolution in Latin America; the president of the National Confederation of Private Business Institutions (CONFIEP, member of CEIB), María Isabel León, as the new vice president; and Ximena Gómez, a member of the Madrid Bar Association and also a member of Colombia, as the new general secretary of the Center.
In addition, as reported by Javier Íscar, the incorporation of ten new partners to CIAR was approved, among which it is worth highlighting the Council of Ibero-American Entrepreneurs-CEIB, represented at the Assembly by its permanent secretary, Narciso Casado, who was already part of the Center for Arbitration since its inception as a representative of CEOE. Íscar presented CEIB as an initiative supported by the OIE, to which the 24 most representative business organizations of the 21 Ibero-American countries, Spain, Andorra and Portugal belong; as an institution of great weight in the Ibero-American Summits of Heads of State of Government; and as an excellent platform for CIAR to reach numerous companies in the Region.
The president of CEOE, Antonio Garamendi, highlighted during the opening of the event, the work carried out by both Luis Martí and Javier Íscar for their firm commitment, determination and generosity towards Ibero-American companies, providing them with a tool: arbitration, quality, fast, economical, practical and professional, with which to resolve conflicts arising in the context of international trade and investment in which entrepreneurs are immersed. "All organizations share the same common goal: the idea of strengthening and spreading our legal culture throughout the Region," he declared.
Arbitration, assured the CEOE president, is a very welcome instrument by the private sector and also represents a very important support so that companies can continue to bet on the internationalization of their activities, by providing them with greater familiarity with the environment legal in which they move when they go abroad. Arbitration is also a common instrument, economically accessible, with a language and close jurisdiction and in line with our social, political and economic environment. In fact, he asserted, this tool is undoubtedly called upon to play a determining role in the near future.
The Ibero-American Secretary General, Rebeca Grynspan, stressed that this is not just another assembly and praised the prestige and intense work carried out by Luis Martí on behalf of CIAR, always with conviction, commitment and affection for the Region. What was just a project, he stressed, became a reality with more than 60 linked institutions, and ten more partners are joining. Grynspan highlighted that Latin America is the product of shared experiences, of a common history and language, of commercial and cooperation relations, and of a joint culture, which also includes the legal field. However, many of the disputes and conflicts that occur in the Region continue to be resolved most of the time by outside entities. For this reason, he claimed, the role played by CIAR is so important, as it helps to resolve differences and disputes that arise in cross-border Ibero-American trade, between Ibero-Americans and for Ibero-Americans.
The outgoing president, Luis Martí, was proud of having made a reality what, at first seemed a very complex process, and that finally could see the light. "Latin America is a common illusion, to communicate and resolve better, always united", he stressed; And that is why CIAR is so important, since people will continue to trade and the industrial world will continue to grow; and the companies of the Region want their conflicts to be resolved in their language, closely, and based on common law. The work has been done between all of us, and it should continue to be that way, he said.
The president of the General Council of Spanish Lawyers, Victoria Ortega, explained that in 2018 this body offered to host the General Secretariat and become part of CIAR. Since then, he stressed, they have worked together to make Spain a world reference in promoting the culture of arbitration in Latin America. Ortega insisted that arbitration has proven to be a highly effective tool in alternative dispute resolution, and highlighted the decisive role of the legal profession by acting as a litigator in this arduous process. And that is why "arbitration is now stronger on both sides of the Atlantic, since it has managed to retain talent and surround itself with the best professionals, making CIAR an essentially Ibero-American arbitration institution," he concluded.