There has been close discussion and consideration of the information and advice available in Singapore on COVID-19. The implications of the travel restrictions, imposed health regulations and the potential risk to attendees has been measured. The reluctant conclusion reached is that the meeting, due to be held in Singapore on 12-13 March 2020 has to be postponed.
The postponement is likely to be in the region of 12 months and the provisional dates of 11-12 March 2021 have been identified.
The programme for the postponed event can be found here – SIFoCC 3rd Meeting Singapore March 2020 Programme POSTPONED.
Attendance was confirmed by the following jurisdictions: Abu Dhabi, Australia, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Canada, Cayman Islands, China, Dubai, France, Gambia, Germany, Hong Kong, Iraq, Jamaica, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Malaysia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Qatar, Republic of Ireland, Saudi Arabia, Sierra Leone, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Uganda, United Kingdom and the United States.
Of course, SIFoCC is not just about the meetings, vitally important though those are and we envisage being as active as possible in the next 12 months; to make the year really productive.
This would include in these respects among others:
- Approval and publication of the Working Presumptions on international best practice prepared by the first SIFoCC International Working Group
- A second edition of the Multilateral Memorandum on enforcement of judgments, and related work on common principles
- Continuation of the SIFoCC Judicial Programme of Observation and Study
- Work on the SIFoCC website and raising international awareness of what SIFoCC offers
We will be convening a meeting of the Steering Group in the near future, to focus on a strong future contribution from SIFoCC. Mr Justice Knowles, the SIFoCC Steering Group, Singapore and its Judiciary, and Grace Karrass and the rest of the Secretariat are grateful for the understanding and support shown by the SIFoCC membership.