Even in well-developed commercial markets, like those found in Asia, many business enterprises remain skeptical of interest-based negotiation and its benefits. CPR seeks to add value to these internationally-based corporations and those who counsel them, by helping those charged with commercial and other conflict management and resolution to fulfill their tasks efficiently, creatively and justly.
CPR, with the assistance, support and guidance of its global members, has engaged in a multi-branched initiative to promote commercial mediation and other methods of consensual conflict management in the Asia-Pacific region.
The Asia-Pacific Advisory Council was formed in 2009 to address issues in the field of international dispute resolution in the Asia-Pacific region. From 2009-2011 and continuing in 2012, CPR’s efforts to create The Emerging Markets Initiative in Asia has focused two principle goals: (1) a broad-based study of business interests in Southeast Asia, with the input of key coalition partners experienced in those markets to identify and better understand the barriers to growth of mediation (Survey on the Use of Mediation, and to analyze and suggest workable solutions, on a country-specific basis, to the entry barriers; and (2) development of reliable and skilled panels of neutrals in Asia to provide a broader range of resources for parties seeking to engage in effective mediation in emerging markets. The work continues by: (a) CPR’s development of an alliance with the Institute of Arbitrators and Mediators Australia (IAMA), Australia’s largest independent arbitration and mediation provider, which will expand CPR’s footprint in the Asia Pacific region and better enable CPR’s activities to improve and expand mediation opportunities in that region; and (b) CPR’s development of a working relationship with TransAsia and participation in ChinaGoAbroad, a web platform designed to facilitate outward-bound investment by Chinese State Owned Entities (SOEs) and for which CPR will provide the dispute resolution resources, thereby further enhancing CPR’s footprint and capabilities in the Asia Pacific region.