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

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Art.8 ARTICLE VIII: The Ministerial Council
Art.8.1 1. The Ministerial Council, comprising representatives of Member States, as set out in Article X, shall be the principal Organ for policy-making and direction of the Association within the purposes and functions set out in Article III of this Convention.
Art.8.2 2. The Ministerial Council may, in accordance with its Rules of Procedure established under Article XI, convene at its discretion, special meetings of the Ministerial Council to consider the subject areas or issues proposed for its consideration.
Art.8.3 3. The Ministerial Council may, initially on an ad hoc basis, establish the Special Committees that it considers necessary to assist it in the performance of its functions. The Ministerial Council shall establish and determine the composition and terms of reference of:
Art.8.3.a (a) the Committee on Trade Development and External Economic Relations;
Art.8.3.b (b) the Committee for the Protection and Conservation of the Environment and of the Caribbean Sea;
Art.8.3.c (c) the Committee on Natural Resources,
Art.8.3.d (d) the Committee on Science, Technology, Health, Education and Culture; and
Art.8.3.e (e) the Committee on Budget and Administration.
Art.8.4 4. In their work, the Special Committees referred to in paragraph 3 of this Article may request and take into account the opinions of the Social Partners recognised under Article IX(d).
Art.12 ARTICLE XII: Budget
Art.12.1 1. The Ministerial Council shall examine and approve with such modifications, as it deems necessary, the draft Budget of the Association submitted by the Committee on Budget and Administration.
Art.12.2 2. Voting on the total figure of the Budget shall be preceded by a vote on each budget head. Each budget head shall be approved by a three-quarters majority of the votes of delegates present and voting. The total of the Budget of the Association shall be approved by consensus of delegates present.
Art.12.3 3. The Budget of the Association shall be prepared on a biennial basis, subject to an annual review. Where in any year, the Budget of the Association is not approved, the Budget of the Association voted for the previous biennium shall remain in force and Member States, and Associate Members shall continue to make the same contributions as for the preceding biennium.
Art.12.4 4. Contributions by Member States to the Budget of the Association shall be made in such proportions as the Ministerial Council may decide.
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.28 ARTICLE XXVIII: Amendment
Art.28.1 1. Amendments to this Convention may be made by consensus of the Meeting of Heads of State or Government or of the Ministerial Council.
Art.28.2 2. Such amendments shall enter into force thirty days after ratification by two-thirds of the Member States.