On 6 – 7 August 2019, 1500 delegates descended into Singapore for the signing of the United Nations Convention on International Settlement Agreements Resulting from Mediation (“Singapore Convention on Mediation”).
The Honourable Minister of Justice and Courts Administration Faaolesa Katopau Tuasivi Ainuu signed the Convention on behalf of Samoa.
Samoa is now one of 46 countries that signed the Singapore Convention inclusive of two neighbouring Pacific Island States such as Fiji and Palau.
In his opening address, Singapore Prime Minister Hon. Lee Hsien Loong described the Convention as a “powerful statement in support of multilateralism” and further noted that the “treaty would help advance international trade, commerce and investment at a time when multilateralism was under pressure.”
Samoa’s show of support for the Singapore Convention on Mediation by signing it also supports the move to improve multilateralism as this is an important step in ensure it is able to participate or contribute in the advancement of trade, commerce and investment in the international arena.
The signing ceremony was followed by a Roundtable discussion on the importance of multilateralism and the international rule of law, and its role in advancing international trade and investment.
Honourable Faaolesa Katopau Tuasivi Ainuu attended the Roundtable discussion and offered Samoa’s sentiments of support of the importance of multilateralism and the international rule of law.