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Paragraphs in "Constitutional Agreement Of The Latin American Organization For Fisheries Development" coded as HOBF

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Art.1 Article 1 - NAME
Art.1.1x The Latin American States represented at the third Annual Meeting of Ministers responsible for matters concerning fisheries create the Latin American Organization for Fishery Development, the abbreviation of which is OLDEPESCA.
Art.1.2x OLDEPESCA shall have international legal personality, and shall be governed by the provisions of this Agreement and Regulations made hereunder.
Art.3 Article 3 - PRINCIPLES
Art.3.1x The actions of OLDEPESCA shall be based on the principles of equality, sovereignty, independence of the States, solidarity, non-intervention in domestic affairs and respect for the different political, economic and social systems, in accordance with the Declaration of Principles of International Law and with reference to relations of friendship and cooperation between States in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations unanimously approved at the General Assembly of the U.N. during its XXV Session, and respect for the sovereignty of States over their fishery resources.
Art.4 Article 4 - OBJECTIVES
Art.4.1x The main purpose of the Organization is to meet Latin American food requirements adequately, making use of Latin American fishery resource potential for the benefit of Latin American peoples, by concerted action in promoting the constant development of the countries and the permanent strengthening of regional cooperation in this sector. To this end, the objectives of OLDEPESCA are as follows:
Art.4.1x.a a. To promote adequate utilization of fishery resources, preserving the marine and freshwater environment through the application of rational policies for the conservation of resources.
Art.4.1x.b b. To encourage and strengthen the Latin American cooperation in the development of the rational exploitation of sea and freshwater fishery resources, for the benefit of the peoples in the region.
Art.4.1x.c c. To increase substantially a food supply of sufficient nutritional value, the prices, preparation and presentation of which are in keeping with the needs of the low-income inhabitants of the region.
Art.4.1x.d d. To increase in the same manner, consumption of marine and freshwater products in the region.
Art.4.1x.e e. To encourage, similarly, export diversification and expansion.
Art.4.1x.f f. To promote marketing systems to expand the regional exchange of products of the sector.
Art.4.1x.g g. To promote generation of jobs and improvement of incomes, through greater social and economic development of the communities related to the fish of the region.
Art.4.1x.h h. To improve and strengthen the productive, institutional, organizational and human resources capacity of the sector.
Art.4.1x.i i. To promote and organize utilization of the joint negotiating capacity of the Latin American region, as well as to determine, identify and channel international, technical and financial cooperation, through concrete regional coordination and cooperation within the scope of the sector.
Art.11 Article 11 - POWERS
Art.11.1x The Conference of Ministers, as the Organization’s supreme Authority, has the following powers:
Art.11.1x.a a. To formulate the general policy of the Organization and to adopt the measures required o achieve its objectives, in accordance with the present Agreement.
Art.11.1x.b b. To consider and evaluate the operation of the Organization.
Art.11.1x.c c. Approve any amendments to the Agreement in accordance with Article 35.
Art.11.1x.d d. To review, modify or supplement the fields of cooperation within the region as established in Article 5 of this Agreement.
Art.11.1x.e e. To appoint and dismiss the Executive Director and the Assistant Executive Director.
Art.11.1x.f f. To approve, amend or reject, as may be the case, the reports and proposals of the Board of Directors and the Executive Director.
Art.11.1x.g g. To select a country other than the host country to hold a regular or special meeting whenever it is deemed convenient.
Art.11.1x.h h. To give instructions to the Executive Management Board.
Art.11.1x.i i. To establish a system of initial contributions and annual dues and any amendment thereof in accordance with the needs of OLDEPESCA.
Art.11.1x.j j. To approve the Program of Activities and the budget of OLDEPESCA.
Art.11.1x.k k. To study and approve the Annual Report submitted by the Executive Director.
Art.11.1x.l l. To approve the creation of Technical Committees or other systems of cooperation.
Art.11.1x.m m. To approve in the First Regular Meeting the Regulations of the Organization to be made by the Executive Director and to amend them when it is deemed convenient.
Art.11.1x.n n. To consider and decide on any other matter pertaining to the Organization.
Art.12 Article 12 - MEETINGS
Art.12.1x The Conference of Ministers shall hold a regular meeting once a year. It may also hold extraordinary meetings at the request of at least one half plus one of the Member States. The meetings shall be convened by the Executive Director and shall be held at OLDEPESCA Headquarters, except when otherwise agreed upon by the Conference of Ministers.
Art.12.2x The Conference of Ministers shall elect a Chairman and a Vice-Chairman. The Executive Director shall act as Secretary of the said Conference.
Art.12.3x At the first ordinary meeting of the Conference of Ministers, the first Chairman and Vice-Chairman shall be elected by consensus. Should there be no consensus those officers shall be elected by a vote of no less than two thirds of the Member States present.
Art.12.4x The Chairman and Vice-Chairman of the Conference of Ministers shall act in those capacities until the following Regular Meeting and shall preside over the extraordinary meetings to be held during this period.
Art.12.5x Afterwards, the offices of Chairman and the Vice-Chairman shall be held successively by the Minister of each country in alphabetical order according to the Spanish language.
Art.12.6x During the exercise of his functions, the Chairman or whoever is acting as such, shall be replaced as a representative of his Government by the delegate appointed to this end.
Art.12.7x During the meetings of the Conference of Ministers, the Permanent Secretariat of SELA shall act as observer, as may all those countries or international organizations the Conference may invite. The Conference may also hold meetings that may be attended only by its members.
Art.20 Article 20 - EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Art.20.1x An Executive Director shall be in charge of the Executive Management Board. The officer shall be a highly qualified individual in every respect with such experience as to ensure the proper performance of his duties. As Executive Director he shall neither seek nor receive instructions from any member country except through the Conference of Ministers, or from any countries or authorities external to OLDEPESCA. He shall refrain from any action incompatible with his position as an international officer and shall not hold any other position, whether remunerated or not. The Executive Director is responsible only to the Conference of Ministers.
Art.20.2x The Executive Director shall be a national of a Member Country of OLDEPESCA and shall after his appointment, reside in the host country of the Organization. He shall be appointed by the Conference of Ministers for a term of three years, and may be reappointed for one additional term, only. In the event of his resignation or removal from office, the Conference shall immediately proceed to appoint a new Executive Director who shall exercise his functions for the same term.
Art.24.1x The Conference of Ministers may on its own initiative or at the proposal of the Governing Board set up such technical committees and systems of operation as may be thought necessary for the formulation and execution of specific projects. The Technical Committees shall be composed of representatives of the Countries participating in the respective projects. The periods of operation of such shall not continue longer than the life of the project being carried out. The Committees shall report their activities to the Executive Director and he, in turn to the Governing Board. The Executive Management Board shall actin in the execution of the different projects.
Art.25 Article 25 - LEGAL CAPACITY
Art.25.1x OLDEPESCA shall have international legal personality and capacity to hire, purchase and transfer personal property or real estate as well as to institute judicial proceedings for the achievement of its objectives, according to the domestic laws of the States where such capacity is exercised.
Art.27 Article 27 - BUDGET
Art.27.1x The operations of OLDEPESCA shall be financed through annual contributions made by the Member Countries. The Executive Management Board shall propose to the Governing Board a draft budget and a quota of annual contributions due from Member Countries in keeping with the system established by the Conference of Ministers. The fiscal year begins January 1st, and ends December 31st. OLDEPESCA seek additional sources of funds to finance its operation. The Conference of Ministers shall determine the means to achieve this objective.
Art.29.1x OLDEPESCA as an International Organization shall enter into a headquarters Agreement with the Government of the Member Country in whose territory its headquarters is located, which Agreement shall be signed by the Government concerned and by the Executive Director with the prior approval of the Conference of Ministers.
Art.29.2x In case the Organization would establish offices or agencies in any other Member State, the corresponding agreements on privileges and immunities shall be agreed upon.
Art.35 Article 35 - AMENDMENTS
Art.35.1x Any State party to this Agreement may, through the Executive Management Board propose the amendment or alteration of this Agreement and the Executive Management Board shall report the proposal to other States party to this Agreement.
Art.35.2x The Conference of Ministers shall examine the proposals during its next ordinary meeting or it may under Article 12 call for an Extraordinary meeting. Proposals for amendment shall be voted on in accordance with Article 14 and shall, if approved, enter into force (thirty days after the fourth notification) in the same manner as set out in Article 33.