Modi working to make India an arbitration hub

Photo of India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today asserted that his government has initiated far-reaching legal reforms and said it wants to create a vibrant arbitration mechanism as investors need to be assured that the rules of the game will not be changed arbitrarily and commercial disputes can be resolved efficiently.

Modi said, an enabling alternative dispute resolution ecosystem is a national priority as it will not only add to investors’ comfort level but also ease the burden on courts, he said, adding there is a need to promote India globally as an arbitration hub.

He said, “Businesses seek assurance of the prevalence of rule of law in the Indian market. They need to be assured that the rules of the game will not change overnight, in an arbitrary fashion. And that commercial disputes will be resolved efficiently. A robust legal framework backed by a vibrant arbitration culture is essential.”

The Prime Minister further said, while addressing the valedictory function of ‘National Initiative towards Strengthening Arbitration and Enforcement in India’, he added towards this end, the government has initiated far-reaching legal reforms.

“Over a thousand archaic laws have been scrapped. We have enacted a comprehensive Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016, implemented the National Company Law Tribunals, established a statutory Monetary Policy Committee and effected a merger of the commodities and securities market,” he told the gathering which included Chief Justice of India T S Thakur and members of the judiciary from several countries.

The Prime Minister said creation of a vibrant ecosystem for institutional arbitration, is one of the foremost priorities of his government.

Recently, major amendments have been made to the Arbitration and Conciliation Act. This has made the arbitration process easy, timely and hassle-free.