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Paragraphs in "Convention Establishing the Association of Caribbean States" coded as SECF

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Art.6 ARTICLE VI: The Meeting of Heads of State or Government
Art.6.1 1. Any Head of State or Government of a Member State may propose the convening of a Meeting of Heads of State or Government. The Secretary-General shall convene the Meeting after consultation with the Member States.
Art.6.2 2. The Ministerial Council may, as it considers appropriate, propose the convening of a Meeting of Heads of State or Government.
Art.6.3 3. Where a Meeting of the Heads of State or Government is to be convened, the Ministerial Council shall convene preparatory meetings.
Art.13 ARTICLE XIII: Special Fund
Art.13.1x The Ministerial Council shall also establish a Special Fund for the purpose of financing programmes of technical cooperation and related research consistent with the purposes and functions of the Association. The Ministerial Council shall determine the general framework of the programmes to be supported out of the Special Fund. Specific activities within this framework shall be elaborated by the Committee on Trade Development and External Economic Relations with the assistance of the Secretariat. The Special Fund shall be made up of resources that on a voluntary basis can be contributed by Member States, non- Members or other entities.
Art.14 ARTICLE XIV: The Secretariat
Art.14.1 1. The Secretariat shall comprise a Secretary-General and such other staff as the Ministerial Council may determine. In addition to any powers conferred on the Secretary-General by or under this Convention, the Secretary-General shall be the Chief Administrative Officer of the Association.
Art.14.2 2. The Secretary-General shall be elected on the basis of rotation for a period of four years on such terms and conditions as may be determined by the Ministerial Council.
Art.14.3 3. The Secretary-General shall act in that capacity in all Meetings of the Ministerial Council and Special Committees of the Association and shall make an annual report to the Ministerial Council on the work of the Association.
Art.14.4 4. In the performance of their duties, the Secretary- General and the staff of the Secretariat shall neither seek nor receive instructions from any Government of a Member State or from any other authority external to the Association. They shall refrain from any action which may reflect adversely on their position as officials of the Association and shall be responsible only to the Association.
Art.14.5 5. The Staff of the Secretariat shall be appointed by the Secretary-General in accordance with regulations established by the Ministerial Council. The paramount consideration in the appointment of the staff shall be the need to secure the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity. In the recruitment of Staff, due regard shall be paid to the principles of equitable geographical distribution and linguistic representation.
Art.14.6 6. Member States undertake to respect the exclusively international character of the responsibilities of the Secretary- General and the staff and shall not seek to influence them in the discharge of their responsibilities.
Art.14.7 7. The Ministerial Council shall approve the Regulations governing the operations of the Secretariat.
Art.15 ARTICLE XV: Functions of the Secretariat
Art.15.1 1. In addition to any duties which may be assigned to it by the Ministerial Council, the Secretariat shall perform the following functions for the achievement of the purposes and functions of the Association:
Art.15.1.a (a) assist the Ministerial Council and the Special Committees of the Association in the development and implementation of policies and programmes;
Art.15.1.b (b) maintain contact with other sub-regional, regional and international organisations;
Art.15.1.c (c) initiate, organise and conduct studies on integration issues, and in particular, trade, investment and economic and social development issues;
Art.15.1.d (d) collect, store and disseminate information to Member States, Associate Members, and when the Ministerial Council so decides, to other relevant entities;
Art.15.1.e (e) service Meetings of the Ministerial Council and the Special Committees of the Association and take appropriate action on determinations emanating from such meetings;
Art.15.1.f (f) coordinate, within the framework of the work programme of the Association, the activities of donor agencies, international, regional and national institutions;
Art.15.1.g (g) prepare the draft Budget of the Association for examination by the Committee on Budget and Administration every two years to be submitted for the consideration and approval, as appropriate, by the Ministerial Council.
Art.15.2 2. In the discharge of its functions, the Secretariat shall enter into cooperation arrangements with, and draw on, the capacities of the existing integration organisations in the region.
Art.16 ARTICLE XVI: Legal Capacity
Art.16.1 1. The Association shall have full international legal personality.
Art.16.2 2. Each Member State and Associate Member shall, in its territory, accord to the Association the most extensive legal capacity accorded to legal persons under its domestic law. In any legal matters or proceedings the Association shall be represented by the Secretary-General.
Art.16.3 3. Each Member State and Associate Member undertake to take such action as may be necessary to make effective in its territory the provisions of this Article, and shall promptly inform the Secretariat of such action.