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Paragraphs in "Western Indian Ocean Tuna Organization Convention" coded as HOBF

Label Provision
Art.2 Article 2
Art.2.1x The objectives of the Organisation are to promote cooperation and coordination among its members in respect of, inter alia:
Art.2.1x.a (a) harmonization of policies with respect to fisheries;
Art.2.1x.b (b) relations with distant water fishing nations;
Art.2.1x.c (c) fisheries surveillance and enforcement according to arrangements which may be concluded;
Art.2.1x.d (d) fisheries development, in particular development of fishing capacity of members and fish technology, processing and marketing;
Art.2.1x.e (e) access to exclusive economic zones of Members, according to arrangements which may be concluded.
Art.4 Article 4
Art.4.1 1. Each Member shall appoint to the Board one representative, who shall be the Minister responsible for fisheries, or any other Minister.
Art.4.2 2. The Board shall hold regular sessions at least once a year. A special session shall be held at least once a year. A special session shall be held at any time at the request of a majority of Members.
Art.4.3 3. The Board shall adopt such rules of procedure as it considers necessary.
Art.4.4 4. The Board shall determine the policy of the Organisation and may direct the Committee on any matter pertaining to the policies and functions of the Organisation.
Art.5 Article 5
Art.5.1 1. Each Member shall be represented on the Committee by the senior official responsible for fisheries or a related area.
Art.5.2 2. The Board shall appoint a Chairman and two Vice-Chairmen from among the Committee members on such conditions as it may determine.
Art.5.3 3. The Committee shall meet as often as required and at least once a year.
Art.5.4 4. The Committee shall endeavour to take decisions by consensus. In the absence of consensus, and unless otherwise provided in this Convention, a two-thirds majority of voting members shall be required for a decision.
Art.5.5 5. The Committee shall adopt such rules of procedure and other internal administrative regulations as it considers necessary.
Art.5.6 6. The Committee may establish such sub-committees, including technical and budget sub-committees, as it considers necessary.
Art.5.7 7. The Committee shall act in an executive capacity and have the following functions and responsibilities, inter alia, to:
Art.5.7.a (a) provide technical advice and guidance to the Board;
Art.5.7.b (b) provide a forum for Members to consult together on any matter of common concern in relation to fisheries;
Art.5.7.c (c) provide direction to the Secretariat with respect to its functions and responsibilities;
Art.5.7.d (d) carry out such other functions as may be required.
Art.6 Article 6
Art.6.1 1. The Board shall appoint a Director and may appoint a Deputy Director of the Secretariat on such conditions as it may determine.
Art.6.2 2. The Director may appoint such other staff in accordance with such rules and on such conditions as the Committee may determine.
Art.6.3 3. The Secretariat shall, in accordance with the objects of the Organisation, have the following functions,
Art.6.3.a (a) collect, analyse, evaluate and distribute to Members relevant information on matters including:
Art.6.3.a.i (i) statistics on the living marine resources of the region and in particular tune and tuna like species;
Art.6.3.a.ii (ii) fisheries management plans and procedures, legislation and agreements;
Art.6.3.a.iii (iii) prices, transport, processing and marketing of fish and fish products;
Art.6.3.a.iv (iv) fishing patterns and technology;
Art.6.3.a.v (v) fisheries surveillance and enforcement;
Art.6.3.b (b) provide on request to any Member:
Art.6.3.b.i (i) technical advice and information;
Art.6.3.b.ii (ii) assistance in any relevant matters;
Art.6.3.c (c) seek to establish working arrangements with relevant regional and international organisations;
Art.6.3.d (d) submit to the Committee an annual report, including audited financial statements, on the activities of the Organisation for the preceding year, and submit for approval a work programme and budget for the succeeding year;
Art.6.3.e (e) maintain effective relations with donor organisations;
Art.6.3.f (f) undertake such other functions an the Committee may direct.
Art.7 Article 7
Art.7.1x The organisation shall be funded by:
Art.7.1x.a (a) contributions from Members;
Art.7.1x.b (b) other sources including, grants, donations and other forms of assistance as may be from time to time agreed by the Board.
Art.8 Article 8
Art.8.1 1. The Organisation shall have international legal personality and such legal capacity as may be necessary for the exercise of its functions and the fulfilment of its purposes, in particular the capacity to conclude agreements at the international level to contract, to acquire and dispose of moveable and immoveable property and to sue and to be sued in accordance with its legal and diplomatic status.
Art.8.2 2. Subject to approval by the Board, an agreement shall promptly be concluded between the Organisation and the Government of Seychelles, providing for such privileges and immunities as may be necessary for the proper discharge of the functions of the Organisation.
Art.18 Article 18
Art.18.1 1. Any dispute regarding the interpretation or application of this convention, if not settled by the parties or the Board shall be referred to an arbitration tribunal.
Art.18.2 2. The tribunal shall be composed of three persons:
Art.18.2.a (a) one person appointed by each party to the dispute;
Art.18.2.b (b) an independent chairman, appointed by the Board in consultation with the Parties to the dispute.
Art.18.3 3. In the event the Board determines that arrangements under paragraph 2 are impracticable, it shall appoint an independent person to establish the tribunal.
Art.18.4 4. (a) Unless the parties otherwise agree, the arbitration shall take place in a member country not party to the dispute.
Art.18.4.b (b) The applicable rules of procedure for the tribunal shall be those in force in the member country where the arbitration takes place.
Art.18.5 5. The decision of the tribunal shall be final and binding upon the parties to the dispute.