The BVI International Arbitration Centre will kick off the annual BVI Arbitration Week on March 11 under the leadership of newly appointed CEO Shan Greer.

The theme this year is “thought leadership,” with an emphasis on the territory’s success in attracting talent and resources from the arbitration world, the centre stated in a Tuesday press release.

The week’s programme will focus on “innovative ideas and strategic thinking” about dispute resolution, especially in the construction, oil and gas, renewable energy, and fintech industries, according to the release.

These industries — which often involve cross-border transactions — play a critical role in the economic development of the Caribbean region, the centre noted.

“BVI Arbitration Week 2024 will see us host pioneers and trailblazers in the arbitration and business community from around the world, all of whom will challenge attendees to think differently and strategically about the effective resolution of disputes, particularly in the Caribbean,” Ms. Greer said.

She added that the event will highlight the Caribbean’s close economic and investment ties to Europe and the Americas, which she said result in billions of dollars in cross-border transactions annually.

“Recently, we’ve seen an influx of investment from other parts of the world, such as Asia and Africa, further sealing the Caribbean’s place as a leading emerging destination for investment,” she said.

Attendees will get the chance to share dialogue with leading arbitrators, scholars, practitioners and business leaders from the Caribbean.

Ms. Greer was appointed last month as the CEO of the centre, and she is now responsible for its growth, management and operations. She replaced previous CEO Francois Lassalle and registrar Hana Doumal.