Constitution of ICA Committee on Human Resource Development (1997)

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1996
(Source: ICA Committee on HRD& Research for Asia and the Pacific)

Constitution of the ICA of the ICA Committee 
on Human Resource Development for Asia and the Pacific
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Preamble
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This Committee is a Committee of the ICA Regional Assembly for Asia and
the Pacific. The Committee shall work in accordance with the aims and
objectives of the ICA and the general policy of the ICA Regional Assembly
for Asia and the Pacific. 

Article 1: Name  
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The name of the Committee shall be "ICA Committee on Human Resource
Development and Research for Asia and the Pacific". It will be referred to
as` the Committee'. 

Article 2: Definitions  
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The word `Region' will be used to refer to Asia and the Pacific, i.e. the area
covered by the ICA Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific. 

Article 3:  Overall Aim
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The overall aim of the Committee shall be to promote the development of
sound and effective co-operation and to develop appropriate policies and
programmes to protect and promote the interests of members.

Article 4:  Functions  
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The functions of the Committee shall be as follows:  

4.1	to review periodically the progress made in the field of HRD and
Research and initiate necessary action;  

4.2	to recommend policies and common lines of action in the fields of
HRD and Research and to initiate implementation; 

4.3	to identify areas for training, research and technical assistance to
initiate action; 

4.4	to make recommendations and take steps for improving managerial
competence and operational efficiency of the co-operatives in the Region; 

4.5	to identify needs and areas of technical assistance required for
national and regional projects/programmes and to organise such
programmes; 

4.6	to promote the systematic dissemination of information and the
exchange of experiences among the co-operative training centres and HRD
institutions in the Region; 

4.7	to suggest and initiate programmes of member education activities
and measures for developing active participation of members in the
management of co-operatives in the Region;  

4.8	to liaise and collaborate with the ICA Global Committees, other
regional and international organisations concerned with co-operative
development; and  

4.9	to carry out any other activities which are relevant and/or conducive
to the promotion of the aims and objectives of the Committee. 

Article 5 : Membership  
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5.1	The Committee shall consists of persons responsible and/or
concerned with HRD and Research in the member organisations of the ICA
in the Region.  

5.2	Each member organisation of the ICA would be entitled to nominate
two persons to the Committee provided it accepts the objects and obligations
of the Committee. In the case of two nominees, wherever possible, one
should be a woman.  

5.3	Observers, from member and non-member organisations,  may be
invited by the committee, through  the national member organisations, to
participate at its meetings.  

5.4	Considering that the participation of youth in co-operative activities
is of great importance, the committee may allow organisations to send
qualified youth representatives engaged in HRD and research activities to
attend the meetings of the Committee as observers.  

5.5	Representatives of the specialized institutions/agencies engaged in
co-operative education and training such as INCOTEC, ILO, FAO and
UNESCO may be invited to participate at the meetings of the Committee as
observers.  

5.6	The Regional Director and/or his/her nominee and members of the
Executive Committee of the Regional Assembly shall be entitled to attend
the meetings of the Committee.  

5.7	The members shall serve on the Committee from one ICA Regional
Assembly to the next Regional Assembly. 

Article 6 : Office 
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The office of the Committee shall be at the ICA Regional Office for Asia
and the Pacific at New or at such other place as may be decided by the
Committee with the approval of the Regional Assembly.  

Article 7 : Meetings 
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7.1	The meetings of the Committee shall be held at least once every
year. The meetings shall be convened by the Secretary who shall also
furnish to the Committee a report on the activities.  

7.2	The meetings of the committee shall be conducted in English.
Participants requiring interpretation in any other language may be
accompanied by personal interpreters at their own costs. 

7.3	Each member attending the meeting shall have one vote. 

7.4	Members who have not paid their annual membership subscription
dues shall not be entitled to vote. 

7.5	The Committee shall have the powers to frame its own rules of
procedures and conduct.  

7.6	The quorum for a meeting shall consists of five member
countries/organisations. 

Article 8 : Officers  
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8.1	The Committee shall elect a chairperson and two vice-chairpersons.
Their terms of office shall be from one ICA Regional Assembly to the next
ICA Regional Assembly. Retiring officers shall be eligible for re-election.

8.2	The Technical Officer in charge of HRD and Research at the ICA
Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific may function as the secretary of the
Committee.

8.3	In the event of both the chairperson and the vice chairpersons not
being present at the meeting, the committee shall elect a chairperson from
among the members present for conducting the meeting.

Article 9 : Relationship with Member Organisations 
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The members of this Committee from each country will work towards
establishing, at the national level, a specialized Committee on HRD and
Research, if such a committee does not exist.

Article 10 : Report to ICA Regional Assembly
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The Committee shall submit a report of its activities to the ICA Regional
Assembly.  

Article 11 : Finances 
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11.1	The work and meetings of the committee shall be on self-financing
basis.  

11.2	The financial year for the Committee shall be one calendar year. 

11.3	The annual membership subscription for membership in the
committee shall be determined by the Committee for each nominating
country, which should be paid to the office of the Committee within the first
quarter of the calendar year.

Article 12 : Amendments
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Any amendments to the constitution of the committee shall be by a decision
of two-thirds of all the member countries eligible to vote. Amendments thus
adopted shall come into force after they are approved by the ICA Regional
Assembly.