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Paragraphs in "Agreement For The Establishment Of The Intergovernmental Organization For Marketing Information And Cooperation Services For Fishery Products In Africa" coded as HOBF

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Art.3 Article 3 Objectives
Art.3.1x The objectives of INFOPÊCHE shall be:
Art.3.1x.a (a) to contribute to the development and modernization of the fisheries sector of the Contracting Parties;
Art.3.1x.b (b) to contribute to more balanced supplies of fishery products to the Contracting Parties
Art.3.1x.c (c) to make the best use of export opportunities within and outside Africa; and
Art.3.1x.d (d) to promote technical and economic cooperation among Contracting Parties.
Art.4 Article 4 Functions
Art.4.1x For the achievement of its objectives, INFOPÊCHE shall provide:
Art.4.1x.a (a) marketing information on fishery products, including sales opportunities and supply prospects within and outside Africa;
Art.4.1x.b (b) advice on technological developments, product specifications, processing methods and quality standards in accordance with market requirements;
Art.4.1x.c (c) assistance in identifying new products and promoting under-utilized species;
Art.4.1x.d (d) training of staff in governments, institutions and the fishing industry in marketing development.
Art.5 Article 5 Headquarters
Art.5.1 1. The seat of INFOPÊCHE is in Abidjan (Côte d'Ivoire). However, if on the date on which this Agreement enters into force, the Côte d'Ivoire has not deposited an instrument of ratification or accession in respect of this Agreement, the seat of INFOPÊCHE shall be determined by the Governing Council by a two & shy thirds majority of its members.
Art.5.2 2. The Host State shall make available to INFOPÊCHE, without charge, the premises required for its operation as described in Annex II to this Agreement.
Art.5.3 3. The Host State shall undertake to grant to INFOPÊCHE, to its premises, property, funds and assets, to the members of the Governing Council, to the Director and the staff of INFOPÊCHE and to the consultants, the privileges, immunities and facilities provided for in Article 12 and in Annex II to this Agreement.
Art.6 Article 6 Membership
Art.6.1 1. The Member States of INFOPÊCHE shall be the Contracting Parties to the present Agreement.
Art.6.2 2. The original founding Member States of INFOPÊCHE shall be those States in Africa specified in Annex I to this Agreement which ratify or accede to this Agreement in accordance with Article 14, paragraphs 1 and 2.
Art.6.3 3. The Governing Council of INFOPÊCHE may, by a two-thirds majority of all its Member States, authorize any State not referred to in Annex I to this Agreement, which has submitted an application for membership, to accede to the Agreement as in force at the time of accession, in accordance with Article 14, paragraph 3.
Art.8 Article 8 Functions of the Governing Council
Art.8.1x The Functions of the Governing Council shall be:
Art.8.1x.a (a) to determine the policy of INFOPÊCHE and approve its programme of work and its budget;
Art.8.1x.b (b) to determine the contributions of Member States as provided in Article 11;
Art.8.1x.c (c) to establish special funds for the development of new programmes and projects;
Art.8.1x.d (d) to lay down general standards and guidelines for the management of INFOPÊCHE including the fees to be charged for its services;
Art.8.1x.e (e) to review the work and activities of INFOPÊCHE and the audited accounts, and give guidance to the Director of INFOPÊCHE on the implementation of its decisions;
Art.8.1x.f (f) to adopt the Financial Regulations;
Art.8.1x.g (g) to elect its Chairman and other officers, appoint the Director of INFOPÊCHE and, if necessary, a Deputy Director and to terminate their appointment;
Art.8.1x.h (h) to adopt rules Governing the settlement of disputes, referred to in Article 17;
Art.8.1x.i (i) to approve formal arrangements with other organizations or institutions and with governments;
Art.8.1x.j (j) to adopt the Staff Regulations which fix the general conditions of service of the staff;
Art.8.1x.k (k) to establish if it deems appropriate, sub-regional offices;
Art.8.1x.l (l) to establish technical committees whenever necessary to advise it on specific issues; and
Art.8.1x.m (m) to perform all other functions that have been entrusted to it by this Agreement or that are ancillary to the accomplishment of the approved activities of INFOPÊCHE.
Art.10 Article 10 The Director and Staff
Art.10.1 1. INFOPÊCHE shall have a Director appointed by the Governing Council on such conditions as it may determine. The tenure of the Director is three years. His term may be renewed by decision of the Governing Council.
Art.10.2 2. The Director shall be the legal representative of INFOPÊCHE. He shall direct the work of INFOPÊCHE under the guidance of the Governing Council, in accordance with its policy and decisions.
Art.10.3 3. The Director shall submit to the Governing Council at each regular session:
Art.10.3.a (a) a report on the work of INFOPÊCHE, as well as the audited accounts; and
Art.10.3.b (b) a draft programme of work of INFOPÊCHE and a draft budget.
Art.10.4 4. The Director shall prepare and organize the sessions of the Governing Council and all other meetings of INFOPÊCHE. He shall provide the secretariat for such meetings and attend them.
Art.10.5 5. The Governing Council may decide to appoint a Deputy Director. The Deputy Director would have the powers and duties entrusted to the Director under this Agreement, if and for so long as the Director were unable to perform his duties.
Art.10.6 6. Should it deem it necessary, the Governing Council may accept that the Director and the Deputy Director of INFOPÊCHE be persons seconded by States or international organizations.
Art.10.7 7. Staff members shall be appointed by the Director in accordance with the policy, general standards and guidelines laid down by the Governing Council and in accordance with the Staff Regulations.
Art.11 Article 11 Finances
Art.11.1 1. The financial resources of INFOPÊCHE shall be:
Art.11.1.a (a) the contributions of the Member States to the budget of INFOPÊCHE;
Art.11.1.b (b) the revenue obtained from the provision of services against payment, for example subscriptions to INFOPÊCHE publications, sales of information, paid advertisements in INFOPÊCHE publications and consultant fees for its technical services;
Art.11.1.c (c) subventions from States and international organizations;
Art.11.1.d (d) donations and legacies provided that acceptance of such donations and legacies is compatible with the objectives of INFOPÊCHE; and
Art.11.1.e (e) such other resources as are approved by the Governing Council and compatible with the objectives of INFOPÊCHE.
Art.11.2 2. Member States undertake to pay annual contributions in freely convertible currencies to the regular budget of INFOPÊCHE. There shall be for each Member State a minimum contribution determined by the Governing Council. The Governing Council shall establish a scale of contributions, approved by unanimous vote, and taking account of GNP per capita of each Member State. The Host State is exempted from payment of any contribution for as long as it provides the services and covers the costs described in Section 1, Part B of Annex II. At each regular session, the Governing Council shall, by a majority of three-quarters of the Member States participating in the session, determine the regular budget for the following year.
Art.11.3 3. INFOPÊCHE shall be operated having regard to generally accepted commercial principles. To this end, INFOPÊCHE shall charge for its services at rates set by the Governing Council with a view to the revenue thus derived covering the operating costs and administrative expenses of INFOPÊCHE, and replacement of operating assets.
Art.11.4 4. If the amount of its arrears equals or exceeds the amount of the contribution due from it for the two preceding calendar years, a Member State, on the decision of the Governing Council, may lose its voting right in the Governing Council.
Art.12 Article 12 Legal Status, Privileges and Immunities
Art.12.1 1. INFOPÊCHE shall possess juridical personality and such legal capacity, as well as privileges and immunities, as may be necessary for the fulfilment of the Organization's objectives and for the exercise of its functions.
Art.12.2 2. The representatives of Member States and the Director and staff of INFOPÊCHE shall be accorded the privileges and immunities necessary for the independent exercise of their functions with INFOPÊCHE.
Art.12.3 3. Each Member State shall accord the status, privileges and immunities referred to above in the following manner:
Art.12.3.a (a) In the territory of each Member State which has acceded to the Convention on the Privileges and Immunities of the Specialized Agencies, those which are stipulated therein, mutatis mutandis;
Art.12.3.b (b) In the territory of each Member State which has not acceded to the above Convention but which has acceded to the Convention on the Privileges and Immunities of the United Nations, those which are stipulated therein, mutatis mutandis; and
Art.12.3.c (c) If a Member State has not acceded to either of the above Conventions it shall, within six months of the deposit of its instrument of ratification or accession, conclude an agreement with INFOPÊCHE granting a status and privileges and immunities comparable to those provided for in the said Conventions.
Art.12.4 4. Privileges and immunities are accorded to the representatives of Member States and the Director and staff of INFOPÊCHE not for the personal benefit of the individuals themselves, but in order to safeguard the independent exercise of their functions in connection with the Organization. Consequently, a Member State or the Director, as the case may be, not only has the right but is under a duty to waive the immunity of its representatives or of a staff member in any case where, in the opinion of the Member State or of the Director, the immunity would impede the course of justice, and where it can be waived without prejudice to the purpose for which the immunity is accorded. If the Member State sending the representative or the Director, as the case may be, does not waive the immunity of the representative or the staff member, the Member State or the Director shall make the strongest efforts to achieve an equitable solution of the matter.
Art.12.5 5. INFOPÊCHE may conclude agreements with States in which offices of the Organization may be located, specifying the privileges and immunities and facilities to be enjoyed by the Organization to enable it to fulfil its objectives and to perform its functions.
Art.13 Article 13 Cooperation with other Organizations and Institutions
Art.13.1x The Contracting Parties agree that there should be cooperation between INFOPÊCHE and other international fisheries institutions and other organizations which may contribute to the work and further the objectives of INFOPÊCHE. INFOPÊCHE may enter into agreements with such institutions and organizations. Such agreements may include, if appropriate, provision for participation by such organizations in activities of INFOPÊCHE.
Art.14 Article 14 Signature, Ratification, Accession, Entry into force and Admission
Art.14.1 1. This Agreement shall be open for signature by the States in Africa listed in Annex I, in Abidjan, on 13 December 1991, and thereafter, at the Headquarters of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in Rome until 31 December 1992. Such States that have signed the Agreement may become a party thereto by depositing an instrument of ratification. Such States that have not signed the Agreement may become a party thereto by depositing an instrument of accession.
Art.14.2 2. Instruments of ratification or accession shall be deposited with the Director-General of FAO, who shall be the Depositary of the present Agreement.
Art.14.3 3. Subject to Article 6, paragraph 3 of the present Agreement, and at any time after the entry into force of this Agreement, any State not referred to in paragraph 1 above may apply to the Director-General of FAO to become a member of INFOPÊCHE. The Director-General of FAO shall inform Member States of such application. The Governing Council shall then decide on the application in accordance with Article 6, paragraph 3, and if a favourable decision is made, invite the State concerned to accede to the Agreement establishing INFOPÊCHE. The State shall lodge its instrument of accession, whereby it consents to be bound by the provisions of this Agreement as from the date of its admission, with the Director-General within ninety days of the date of the invitation by the Governing Council.
Art.14.4 4. This Agreement shall enter into force, with respect to all States that have ratified it or acceded thereto, on the date when instruments of ratification or accession have been deposited by the Governments of at least five States listed in Annex I.
Art.15 Article 15 Amendment
Art.15.1 1. Proposals for the amendment of this Agreement must be made by a Member State in a communication to the Depositary, who shall promptly notify the proposal to all Member States and to the Director of INFOPÊCHE.
Art.15.2 2. The Governing Council may amend this Agreement by a two-thirds majority of the Member States. Amendments shall take effect, with respect to all Contracting Parties, on the thirtieth day after their adoption by the Governing Council, except for any Contracting party which gives notice of withdrawal within thirty days of the adoption of such amendment, subject to Article 16, paragraph 1.
Art.15.3 3. No proposal for amendment shall be considered by the Governing Council unless it was received by the Depositary at least one hundred and twenty days before the opening day of the session at which it is to be considered.
Art.16 Article 16 Withdrawal and Dissolution
Art.16.1 1. At any time after the expiration of three years from the date when it became a party to this Agreement, any Member State may give notice of its withdrawal from INFOPÊCHE to the Depositary. Such withdrawal shall take effect twelve months after the notice thereof was received by the Depositary or at any later date specified in the notice, provided, however, that any obligation incurred by the Member State vis-à-vis INFOPÊCHE shall remain valid and enforceable.
Art.16.2 2. INFOPÊCHE shall cease to exist at any time decided by the Governing Council by a three-quarters majority of all its Members. Any assets remaining after the land, buildings and fixtures have been disposed of, after the balance of any donated funds that have not been used has been returned to the respective donors, and after all obligations have been met, shall be distributed among the States which were Members of INFOPÊCHE at the time of the dissolution, in proportion to the contributions that they made, in accordance with Article 11, paragraph 2, for the year preceding the year of the dissolution.
Art.17 Article 17 Interpretation and Settlement of Disputes
Art.17.1 1. Any dispute concerning the interpretation or application of this Agreement which cannot be settled by negotiation, conciliation or similar means may be referred by any party to the dispute to the Governing Council for its recommendation. Failing settlement of the dispute, the matter shall be submitted to an arbitral tribunal consisting of three arbitrators. The parties to the dispute shall appoint one arbitrator each; the two arbitrators so appointed shall designate by mutual agreement the third arbitrator, who shall be the President of the tribunal. If one of the Parties does not appoint an arbitrator within two months of the appointment of the first arbitrator, or if the President of the arbitral tribunal has not been designated within two months of the appointment of the second arbitrator, the Chairman of the Governing Council shall designate him within a further two-month period.
Art.17.2 2. Any Member State that fails to abide by an arbitral award rendered in accordance with paragraph 1 of this Article may be suspended from the exercise of the rights and privileges of membership by a simple majority of the Governing Council.