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Paragraphs in "South Pacific Forum Fisheries Agency Convention" coded as HOBF

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Art.4.1 1. The Committee shall hold a regular session at least once every year. A special session shall be held at any time at the request of at least four Parties. The Committee shall endeavor to take decisions by consensus.
Art.4.2 2. Where consensus is not possible each Party shall have one vote and decisions shall be taken by a two-thirds majority of the Parties present and voting.
Art.4.3 3. The Committee shall adopt such rules of procedure and other internal administrative regulations as it considers necessary.
Art.4.4 4. The committee may establish such sub-committees, including technical and budget sub-committees as it may consider necessary.
Art.4.5 5. The South Pacific Bureau for Economic Co-operation (SPEC) may participate in the work of the Committee. States, territories and other international organizations may participate as observers in accordance with such criteria as the Committee may determine.
Art.5.1 1. The functions of the Committee shall be as follows:
Art.5.1.a (a) to provide detailed policy and administrative guidance and direction to the Agency;
Art.5.1.b (b) to provide a forum for Parties to consult together on matters of common concern in the field of fisheries;
Art.5.1.c (c) to carry out such other functions as may be necessary to give effect to this Convention.
Art.5.2 2. In particular the Committee shall promote intra-regional co-ordination and co-operation in the following field:
Art.5.2.a (a) harmonization of policies with respect to fisheries management;
Art.5.2.b (b) co-operation in respect of relations with distant water fishing countries;
Art.5.2.c (c) co-operation in surveillance and enforcement;
Art.5.2.d (d) co-operation in respect of onshore fish processing;
Art.5.2.e (e) co-operation in marketing;
Art.5.2.f (f) co-operation in respect of access to the 200 mile zones of other Parties.
Art.6.1 1. The Committee shall appoint a Director of the Agency on such conditions as it may determine.
Art.6.2 2. The Committee may appoint a Deputy Director of the Agency on such conditions as it may determine.
Art.6.3 3. The Director may appoint other staff in accordance with such rules and on such conditions as the Committee may determine.
Art.6.4 4. The Director shall submit to the Committee for approval:
Art.6.4.a (a) an annual report on the activities of the Agency for the preceding year;
Art.6.4.b (b) a draft work programmed and budget for the succeeding year.
Art.6.5 5. The approved report, budget and work programmed shall be submitted to the Forum.
Art.6.6 6. The budget shall be financed by contributions according to the shares set out in the Annex to this Convention. The Annex shall be subject to review from time to time by the Committee.
Art.6.7 7. The Committee shall adopt financial regulations for the administration of the finances of the Agency. Such regulations may authorize the Agency to accept contributions from private or public sources.
Art.6.8 8. All questions concerning the budget of the Agency, including contributions to the budget, shall be determined by the Committee.
Art.6.9 9. In advance of the Committee's approval of the budget, the Agency shall be entitled to incur expenditure up to a limit not exceeding two-thirds of the preceding year's approved budgetary expenditure.
Art.7.1x Subject to direction by the Committee the Agency shall:
Art.7.1x.a (a) collect, analyze, evaluate and disseminate to Parties relevant statistical and biological information with respect to the living marine resources of the region and in particular the highly migratory species;
Art.7.1x.b (b) collect and disseminate to Parties relevant information concerning management procedures, legislation and agreements adopted by other countries both within and beyond the region;
Art.7.1x.c (c) collect and disseminate to Parties relevant information on prices, shipping, processing and marketing of fish and fish products;
Art.7.1x.d (d) provide, on request, to any Party technical advice and information, assistance in the development of fisheries policies and negotiations, and assistance in the issue of licenses, the collection of fees or in matters pertaining to surveillance and enforcement;
Art.7.1x.e (e) seek to establish working arrangements with relevant regional and international organizations, particularly the South Pacific Commission; and
Art.7.1x.f (f) undertake such other functions as the Committee may decide.
Art.8.1 1. The Agency shall have legal personality and in particular the capacity to contract, to acquire and dispose of movable and immovable property and to sue and be sued.
Art.8.2 2. The Agency shall be immune from suit and other legal process and its premises, archives and property shall be inviolable.
Art.8.3 3. Subject to approval by the Committee the Agency shall promptly conclude an agreement with the Government of Solomon Islands providing for such privileges and immunities as may be necessary for the proper discharge of the functions of the Agency.
Art.11.1 1. Any Party may withdraw from this Convention by giving written notice to the depositary. Withdrawal shall take effect one year after receipt of such notice.
Art.11.2 2. Any Party may propose amendments to the Convention for consideration by the Committee. The text of any amendment shall be adopted by a unanimous decision. The Committee may determine the procedures for the entry into force of amendments to this Convention.