Constitution for the ICA Committee on Fisheries for Asia and Pacific

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1996

(Source: ICA Committee on Fisheries for Asia and the Pacific)


Constitution for ICA Committee on Fisheries 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, and the global ICA Fisheries Committee. 

Article 1 : Name
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The name of the Committee shall be "ICA Committee on Fisheries for Asia
and the Pacific".  It will be referred to hereinafter as the "Committee".

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
sound and effective Fisheries co-operatives based on Co-operative
Principles and to develop appropriate policies and programmes to protect
and promote the interests of fishing families.

 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
Fisheries and to initiate necessary action;

ii.	to recommend policies and common lines of action in the field of
Co-operative Fisheries 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 Co-operative Fisheries 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 Fishery Co-operatives in the Region;

vii.	to suggest and initiate programmes of member activities and
measures for developing active participation of members in the management
of Fishery Co-operatives at the primary level;

viii.	to liaise and collaborate with the ICA main Fishery Committee, other
regional and international organisations concerned with Fishery Co-
operative Development; and

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

Article 5 : Membership
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5.1	The Committee shall consist of persons at policy making and/or top
managerial positions working in the field of Fishery Co-operatives 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 specialised Committee provided it accepts the objects and
obligations of the Committee.

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

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

5.5	The members shall serve on the Committee 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 Fishery Co-
operative activities is of great importance, the Committee may allow
organisations to send qualified women and youth representatives engaged in
Fishery Co-operative activities to attend the meetings of the Committee as
observers.

Article 7 : Working Groups
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The Committee 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 Committee 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
Committee with the approval of the Regional Assembly.

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

9.2	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 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 Fishery Co-operative development may be invited to attend meetings of
the Committee as observers.  The observers shall not have any voting
rights.

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

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

Article 10 : Officers
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10.1	The Committee 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 Fishery Co-operatives at the ICA
Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific may function as the Secretary of the
Committee.  The Committee 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 Committee 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 Committee from each country will work
towards establishing, at the national level, a Specialised Committee on
Fishery Co-operatives, if such does not already exist.

11.2	Each member of the Committee will act as the Committee Liaison
Officer in respect of his country's cooperative movement on all matters
relating to Fishery Co-operative Development.

11.3	The members of the Committee will keep the Committee informed of
all significant developments in the field of Fishery Co-operatives in their
respective countries.

Article 12 : Report to ICA Regional Assembly
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The Committee 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 Committee shall be on a self-
financing basis.

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

13.3	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 calender year.

Article 14 : Amendments
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Any amendments to the Constitution of the Committee 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.