Constitution for the Co-operative Banking & Finance Committee for Asia & the Pacific

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1996
(Source: ICA Committee on Co-operative Banking and Fianance for Asia and the Pacific)


Constitution for the Co-operative Banking and
Finance Committee 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 Regional Co-operative Banking
Association (RCBA) for Asia and the Pacific".  It will be referred to
hereinafter as the "Association".

Article 2 : Definitions
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2.1 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
co-perative credit and banking in the region and to recommend to the
Regional Council programmes of activities required in the field of co-
operative credit, banking and finance. 

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

i. to review periodically the progress made in the field of 
co-operative credit, banking and finance and to initiate necessary 
action;

ii. to recommend policies and common lines of action in the field
of co-operative credit and to initiate implementation;

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

iv.	to make recommendations and take steps for improving managerial
competence and operational efficiency of cooperative credit and banking
in the Region;

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

vi.	to promote the systematic dissemination of information and the
exchange of experiences among the cooperative credit movements in the
Region as well as internationally;

vii.	to suggest and initiate programmes of member activities and
measures for developing active participation of members in the 
management of co-operative credit and banking at the primary level;

viii. to liaise and collaborate with the International Co-operative 
Banking Association (ICBA), other regional and international 
Organisations concerned with cooperative credit and banking; and

ix. to carry out any other activities which are incidental or 
conducive to the promotion of the aims and the objectives of the 
Association.

Article 5 : Membership
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5.1 The Association shall consist of qualified persons at policy 
Making and/or top managerial positions working in the field of 
co-operative credit and banking activity in the member movements of the 
ICA in the Region.

5.2	Each member organisation of the ICA would be entitled to nominate
two persons to the Association provided it accepts the objects and
obligations of the Association.

5.3	Non-member of the ICA may become member of the Association
provided it accepts the objects of the ICA and the Association.

5.4	The Regional Director and/or his nominee and members of the
Executive Council of the Regional Assembly shall be entitled to attend
the meetings of the Association.

5.5	The members shall serve on the Association from one ICA Regional
Assembly to the next ICA Regional Assembly.

Article 6 : Involvement of Women and Youth
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Considering that the participation of women and youth in co-operative
Credit and banking activities is of great importance, the Association 
may allow organisations to send qualified women and youth 
representatives engaged in co-operative credit and banking 
activities to attend the meetings of the Association as observers.

Article 7 : Working Groups
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The Association may constitute a technical development unit and working
groups, as may be necessary, to deal with specific issues and problems 
and they may meet as often as required.

Article 8 : Office
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The office of the Association will be at the ICA Regional Office for 
Asia 
and the Pacific at New Delhi or at such place as may be decided by the
Association with the approval of the Regional Assembly.

Article 9 : Meetings
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9.1	The meetings of the Association shall be held at least once every
year.  The meeting shall be convened by the Secretary who shall also
furnish to the Association a report on activities.

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

9.3	Each member attending the meeting shall have one vote.  

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

9.5 Representatives of institutions/organisations engaged in or 
Interested in co-operative credit and banking development may be
invited to attend meetings of the Association as observers.  
The observers shall not have any voting rights.

9.6	The Association shall have the powers to frame its own rules of
procedures and conduct.

9.7	The quorum for a meeting of the Association shall consist of five
member countries/organisations.

Article 10 : Officers
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10.1	The Association shall elect a Chairman and a Vice Chairman.  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.

10.2	The Technical Officer in charge of co-operative credit and banking at
the ICA Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific may function as the
Secretary of the Committee.  The Association may appoint its Secretary
from sources other than the ROAP, if it so desires.

10.3	In the event of both the Chairman and the Vice Chairman not being
present at the meeting, the Association shall elect a Chairman from 
among the members present for conducting the concerned meeting.

Article 11 : Relationship with Member Organisations
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11.1	The members of this Association from each country will work
towards establishing, at the national level, a Specialised co-operative 
credit and banking committee, if such does not already exist.

11.2	Each member of the Association will act as the Association Liaison
Officer in respect of his country's co-operative movement on all matters
relating to co-operative credit and banking development.

11.3	The members of the Association will keep the Association informed
of all significant developments in the field of co-operative credit and
banking in their respective countries.

Article 12 : Report to ICA Regional Assembly
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The Association shall submit a report of its activities to the  ICA 
Regional Assembly.

Article 13 : Finance
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13.1	The work and meetings of the Association shall be on a self
financing basis.

13.2	The financial year for the Association shall be one calendar year.

13.3	The annual membership subscription for membership in the
Association has been fixed as US$ 100 for each nominating country, which
should be paid to the office of the Association within the first quarter of the
calender year.

Article 14 : Amendments
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Any amendments to the Constitution of the Association shall be 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.


(Subject to ratification by the ICA Regional Assembly at its meeting in
Seoul, Korea in 1998)