Shenzhen Court of International Arbitration (also known as South China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission, or Shenzhen Arbitration Commission, formerly known as CIETAC South China Sub-Commission and CIETAC Shenzhen Sub-Commission, hereinafter referred to as "SCIA"), was established in 1983 and was the first arbitration institution established at the provincial and municipal level. Moreover, it was the first arbitration institution in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao region after China's reform and opening up. Over the past 39 years, SCIA has actively promoted the innovative development of China's international arbitration within the Special Economic Zone of Shenzhen. In 1984, it took the lead in employing overseas arbitrators. In 1989, SCIA became the first arbitration institution of China whose arbitral award was enforced overseas in accordance with the Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards (the “New York Convention"). The arbitration and mediation services provided by SCIA has been extended to 136 countries and regions worldwide.