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Dear sir thank you in advance,

FIDIC 1999 20.4   "Obtaining Dispute Adjudication Board's Decision"fourth paragraph states that

Within 84 days after receiving such reference, or within such other period as may be proposed by the DAB and approved by both Parties, the DAB shall give its decision, which shall be reasoned and shall state that it is given under this Sub-Clause. The decision shall be binding on both Parties, who shall promptly give effect to it unless and until it shall be revised in an amicable settlement or an arbitral award as described below. Unless the Contract has already been abandoned, repudiated or terminated, the Contractor shall continue to proceed with the Works in accordance with the Contract."

Now My question is if we interprete above clause does it mean either party who lost the case have to pay first then only if want to go for amicable settlement or Arbitration and finalize the matter DAB awarded.

Dear Sabin,

The intention was that the loser paid immediately to give the Contractor certainty.  However some employers have contested, under the last paragraph of Clause 20.4, that if a notice of dissatisfaction was issued then payment could be withheld until the outcome of arbitration or legal proceedings.  

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Peter M. Elliott


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