On 10 September 2007, the PCA Secretary General signed an agreement with the Singaporean government to establish a PCA facility in Singapore. This means that PCA arbitrations for the region will no longer have to be heard in The Hague, and will help Singapore in its attempts to promote the country as Asia's leading mediation and arbitration hub.
The PCA's Secretary General Tjaco van den Hout said the creation of facilities in Asia was a natural move as approximately 20 per cent of the court's hearings last year were from the region. Recent published examples of PCA cases including an Asian element include a boundary dispute between Malaysia and Singapore and an investment dispute between Telekom Malaysia and the Government of Ghana (both of which were initiated in 2003). The news follows the PCA's announcement in April this year that it had agreed to launch an arbitration court in Pretoria, South Africa to focus on pan-African arbitrations. The PCA, which provides services for the resolution of disputes involving combinations of states, state entities, intergovernmental organizations and private parties, has also set up a court in Costa Rica for Latin American disputes.