Toronto, Ontario – February 10, 2020 – Further to its news release dated February 25, 2019, Galway Gold Inc. (TSX-V: GLW) (“Galway Gold” or the “Company”) announces an update to the status of the Company’s arbitration claim against the Republic of Colombia brought under the Canada-Colombia Free Trade Agreement (“FTA”) to preserve Galway Gold’s rights under the FTA.
Galway Gold contends that Colombia breached its obligations owed to Galway Gold, including specific obligations under the FTA. The claims include Colombia’s refusal or failure to compensate the Company for the losses incurred as a consequence of Colombia’s prohibition of mining in the páramos (high altitude eco-systems). Galway Gold seeks, among other relief, recovery of the Company’s costs incurred in the acquisition and development of its investment in the Reina de Oro mining project, as well as the loss of value suffered.
The proposed presiding arbitrator, Eduardo Siqueiros, has accepted his appointment as Presiding Arbitrator. The other two Arbitrators, Alfredo Bullard and Professor Brigitte Stern, had previously accepted their appointment as Arbitrators. As a result, the Tribunal was constituted on September 25, 2019, and the arbitration proceedings have commenced.
On December 10, 2019, the Arbitral Tribunal issued Procedural Order No. 1, which sets out the procedure for the arbitration. Pursuant to Procedural Order No. 1, the proceeding was bifurcated into two parts. Phase One is all jurisdiction and liability issues, and Phase Two is all damages issues.
Galway Gold Inc. expects to submit its Witness Statements and Claimant’s Written Submissions in April 2020.
Further announcements will be made on the status of the arbitration proceedings.
Galway Gold Inc.
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