Rules of the International Co-operative Fisheries Organization (1997)

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Rules of International Co-operative Fisheries Organisation (1992)

1997 {Source: International Co-operative Fisheries Organisation (ICFO)}

Rules of International Co-operative Fisheries Organisation (ICFO)
(Last Revised on the 23rd of October, 1992 in Tokyo, Japan
at the Plenary Meeting of the ICA Fisheries Committee)

Chapter 1.  General provisions

Article 1 (Name)
Based upon Article 24 of the Rules of the International Co-operative
Alliance, a committee of fisheries is established as an international
specialized organization in the field of fisheries co-operatives. The 
name of this Committee shall be the ICA Fisheries Committee.

Article 2 (Objects)
The object of the Committee shall be to contribute toward improving the
living standards of fishermen and developing fisheries co-operatives in 
each of the Committee member countries through conducting research and 
study on various problems concerning fisheries co-operative organizations 
and promoting a better mutual understanding and economic co-operation 
among fisheries co-operatives.

Article 3 (Activities)
The Committee may be engaged in the following activities with a view to
attaining its objects as stipulated in the preceding Article:

1)	To organize seminars and conferences on specific subjects for the
advancement of mutual interests of the member countries;

2)	To promote fisheries co-operative movements in developing
countries through such activities as guidance and assistance for the
establishment of fisheries co-operatives as well as training of their 
future leaders;

3)	To study problems concerning the fisheries co-operatives in each
member country and ensure the publicity of study results;

4)	To promote exchange of information and human resources and to
further economic relations among fisheries co-operatives around the world
for the purpose of encouraging co-operation among co-operative

5)	To gather and provide information on fisheries and fisheries co

6)	To carry out other activities which might accompany those of the
preceding items.

Article 4 (Membership)
1.	The membership of the Committee shall consist of those
organizations which come under any of the following items and have been
accepted by the Executive Committee:

i.	Regular Member:

(a)	Those national or regional organizations of fisheries co-operatives in
each country which are direct members of ICA;

(b)	Those national or regional organizations which are not direct
members of the ICA but can be deemed as similar thereto.

ii.	Associate member:
 Those national or regional organizations (including primary level
fisheries co-operatives), government agencies, research institutes,
international organizations, etc. Other than regular members which support
the Committee in its objects and activities.

2.	Each regular member shall have one vote.

3.	Each member shall pay annual membership fees for the management
of the Committee.

4.	Each member shall withdraw from the committee with a notice of
one year before the withdrawal.

Chapter 2. Executive members, Auditors, and Executive Committee
Article 5 (Executive Members, Auditors and Executive Committee)
1.	The Committee shall have eight or less executive members and a
few auditors. Executive members and auditors shall be elected from among
regular members at a general meeting.

2.	Executive members and auditors shall hold office for a period of
four years, as a rule, between two consecutive ICA Congresses. In case any
vacancy is caused in the course of the above period, the vacant post shall be
assumed by a person appointed by the organization to which the vacating
executive member or auditor belongs, and such appointment shall be subject
to official approval at the next general meeting of the Committee.

3.	The executive Committee shall elect from among its own members a
chairman and four vice chairmen.

4.	The chairman shall represent the ICA Fisheries Committee. The
chairman shall preside at Executive Committee meetings. The chairman shall
be a member of the ICA Central Committee on behalf of the ICA Fisheries

5.	The vice chairman shall assist the chairman and in his absence shall
act for the chairman.

6.	Auditors shall audit the businesses and accounts of the Committee
and make a report thereupon at a general meeting. Auditors may participate
in executive committee meetings and state their opinions. In case it is not
possible for auditors to conduct auditing due to unavoidable reasons, it may
be deputed by other persons or representatives, etc. other than executive
committee members.

7.	The chairman may convene executive committee meetings if
necessary. Matters which may be transacted at Executive Committee
meetings shall be as follows:

i.	Matters to be transacted to general meetings;

ii.	Acceptance of new members and withdrawal of members;

iii.	Determination of official languages other than English to be used at

iv.	Other matters recognized by the chairman to be necessary for the
management of the committee.

8.	The executive committee may nominate persons, as permanent
honorary chairmen of ICA Fisheries Committee, whose contribution to the
activities of the ICA Fisheries Committee has been recognized fairly
outstanding by the executive committee. The honorary chairman may attend
an executive members' meeting and a general meeting, and may participate
in the discussions. however, he shall not have a voting right.

9.	Matters transacted at Executive Committee shall be decided upon by
majority of the executive members present.

Chapter 3. General Meetings
Article 6 (General Meetings)
1.	The Chairman shall convene an ordinary general meeting of the
Committee once a year. Special general meetings, in cases where they are
deemed to be necessary by the chairman or the executive committee, shall be
convened by the chairman.

2.	Chairman of general meetings:
 The Chairman shall preside at general meetings

3. (i) The following matters shall be put to vote at general meetings.

i.	Amendment of the rules;

ii.	Election of executive members and auditors;

iii.	Approval of annual activity plans and budgets;

iv.	Determination of annual activity plans and budgets;

v.	Determination of the amount of membership fees and their collection

vi.	Establishment of regional fisheries sub-committee and approval of
their activity plan;

vii.	Dissolution of the Committee;

viii.	Other necessary matters.

3(ii)	Transacted matters shall be decided upon by a majority of the
members present. In case of an equality of votes, the Chairman shall have a
casting vote.

Chapter 4. Accounts
Article 7 (Finance)
1.	The revenue of the Committee shall be as follows:

i.	Membership fees;

ii.	Grants;

iii.	Contributions;

iv.	Other revenues.

2.	The fiscal year shall start on January 1 and end on December 31
each year.

Chapter 5. Secretariat
Article 8 (Secretariat, Secretary General and Assistant Secretary)
The Secretariat for the Committee shall be established as a rule at the ICA
Headquarters. The Chairman may establish the Secretariat at other places if
necessary, subject to the consent of the Executive Committee. The
Chairman shall appoint a Secretary General and an Assistant Secretary to
have them manage the affairs of the Committee and their appointments shall
be approved by the Executive Committee.

Chapter 6. Supplementary Provisions
Supplementary Provisions:

1.	The Rules of the ICA Fisheries Committee shall come into force as
from October 20, 1986.

2.	Any matter not stipulated in the Rules shall be referred by the
Chairman to the Executive Committee and decided upon by the same