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                         7 September 1995

      ICA Rules - Section IV.  Governing Bodies and Congress

Article 12. Authorities.

The Authorities of the ICA are: General Assembly, Regional
Assemblies, Board, Auditing and Control Committee, President.

Article 17. Board

(a)     The Board shall consist of the President, four
Vice-Presidents and eleven other members, elected by the
Assembly for a four-year term. Vacancies shall be filled
election at a subsequent General Assembly;

(b)     the Board shall meet at least once a year. Meetings
also be called at the request of one-third of the members or
the decision of the President. Substitutes without voting
shall be allowed to attend the meetings only under exceptional
circumstances and dependent on approval by the President.
Decisions may be taken by correspondence;

(c)     the member organisations from one country shall not
more than one representative on the Board, excluding the
President of the ICA.

Article 18. Powers of the Board

The Board shall have the following powers:

(a)     to control the affairs of the ICA between the meetings
of the General Assembly;

(b)     to prepare the agenda and organise the meetings of the
General Assembly;

(c)     to decide on all membership issues;

(d)     to propose to the General Assembly the ICA budget;

(e)     to take decisions on investment, borrowings,
buying and selling of real estate for confirmation by the

(f)     to be responsible for the appointment or removal and
remuneration of the Director-General of the ICA;

(g)     to receive reports from the Audit and Control
prior to their submission to the General Assembly.