The Fifth International Arbitration Congress, held in New Delhi in January, 1975, under the sponsorship of the International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA) was the latest in a series of triennial meetings which began in Paris in 1961 and have since taken place in Rotterdam, Venice and Moscow. The purpose of these congresses was well described by Mr. K. K. Birla, president of the Indian Council of Arbitration, the host organization, when he said in his message to the delegates, "The broad objective is the development of arbitration and its uniform practice to the extent possible throughout the world through the coordinated efforts of arbitral institutions and interested persons. . . . The meetings have shown concrete results and their importance has been recognized for the ultimate purpose of facilitating the smooth and rapid growth of international trade and business relations."