Honorable Justice Rose Teemba, who is here today in the absence of our Honorable Chief Justice Professor Ibrahim Juma, Chairman, Distinguished Council and members of the Institute, Ladies and Gentlemen, good morning. My job is the pleasurable one of just saying thanks.
Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others
Showing gratitude because, we do know that all things in life are a result of some collaborative effort, whether directly or indirectly, intentional or not. The Tanzania Institute of Arbitrators is no exception.
My first vote of thanks is to express our sincere gratitude and appreciation to the Guest of Honor, Honorable Justice Rose Teemba for her presence here today at our 8th AGM.
Today as we officially put a cap on 20 years of existence since 1997, we must first say thanks to the founding members of this institute for their vision to provide the commercial world with a place to resolve their disputes. We have come a long way.
As it has been expressed in the key note address by honorably Justice Rose Temba, the Institute has the support of the judiciary in the development of ADR practices in the country. I am also pleased to have noted the Mediation Center that she leads and her support for mediation and how this mechanism should be explored due to the high success rates of resolving disputes in the commercial space. Internationally mediation is viewed as the new arbitration for the advantages it has in regard to its flexibility, costs and time.
Ladies and gentlemen, she left us food for thought when she addressed the issue of our archaic arbitration laws that date back to 1831. This law is in dire need to be replaced as she rightly put forward to align to international standards such as the UNCITRAL model law and NY Convention.
Thank you Chairman Senior Advocate M. J. A. Lukwaro and my colleagues on the Council Adv. Nuhu Mkumbukwa, Engineer Menye Manga, Adv. Happiness Mchaki, Adv. Goodluck Chuwa, Rtd Judge Regina Rweyemamu, Mr Hamza Zakari and Mr Kesogukewele Msita for your steady hand in guiding our affairs, while keeping this ship afloat. I feel privileged to work with you all particularly at this historic time.
Let me also on your behalf express our gratitude to Mr. Kachima, the Executive Secretary, who has been with the institute from the very beginning. We continue to depend on your hard work.
Before concluding, We welcome the 21 new members on board this ship making a the total number of members of the institute to stand at 200, and I have high expectations that they will be actively engaged in the affairs of the Institute.
On this note, I request this Vote of Thanks be carried with acclamation.
MADELINE C. KIMEI
VICE- CHAIR, TANZANIA INSTITUTE OF ARBITRATORS