The World Bank and other Multilateral Development Banks want dispute boards on the projects they finance. This is because they are aware of their value for dispute avoidance and early dispute resolution. Internationally, the most-used standard forms of contract for infrastructure, construction, power projects etc. are FIDIC contracts. FIDIC’s latest editions of the Rainbow Suite (2017) – the famous Red, Yellow and Silver Books – foresee a standing dispute avoidance/adjudication board (DAAB). In this context, FIDIC has recently started FCL, its certification body, to select Certified Adjudicators. A great initiative of FIDIC’s President, Tony Barry, and FIDIC’s CEO, Dr. Nelson Ogunshakin.

FIDIC Certified Adjudicator

After a preselection, to become Certified Adjudicators, the candidates go through solid testing of their knowledge and competences on FIDIC contracts and on Alternative Dispute Resolution / dispute boards. More information here:

As a member of Dispute Resolution Board Foundation and a Fellow of Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb), AfiTaC’s Managing Director, Jan Bouckaert, was honored to participate and achieve certification. He was originally trained as a civil engineer. But, over his carreer, he has built up extensive contract knowledge. Jan Bouckaert is now available to act as a DAAB member. Some differentiating factors are his experience with renewable projects, EPC, project finance and infrastructure. Apart from contracts in English, he is also capable to work in French, Portuguese and Dutch.

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