UAE Chambers of Commerce and Industry
Part I: Preliminary Provisions
Article (1) Establishment:
A national committee, "UAE National Committee of the International Chamber of
Commerce" has been established in the UAE by the signatories of these
articles of association.
The Chamber of Commerce is an independent and non-profit committee
of a legal entity and its scope of work falls within the activity of the UAE Federation
of Chambers of Commerce and Industry.
Article (2) Definitions:
The following words and phrases shall have the meanings set beside each unless otherwise
stated in the context:
- State: State of United Arab Emirates.
- Federation: Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry in
the State of United Arab Emirates.
- Committee: UAE National Committee of the International Chamber of Commerce.
- Founding Committee: The representatives of chambers of commerce, associations, institutions,
agencies and private companies and establishments which have been invited by the
Federation of the UAE Chambers of Commerce and Industry to establish the UAE National
Committee of the International Chamber of Commerce.
- General Assembly: The general assembly of the committee.
- Board: Board of Directors of the committee.
- Executive Secretariat: Secretariat of the committee.
- Executive Secretary: Secretary of the committee.
Article (3) Head office of the committee:
The head office of the committee shall be located in the headquarters of the Federation
of the Chambers of Commerce and Industry in the State of United
Arab Emirates. The committee, however, may have branches in the other emirates.
Part II: Objectives and Powers
Article (4) Objectives and powers of the committee:
- Developing international trade in terms of trading in commodities, services and
industrial and agricultural activities in addition to investment, removing the obstacles
that may face international trade and ensuring safe practice of such trade.
- Taking advantage of the prominent position of the Paris-based International
Chamber of Commerce in the circles of the United Nations Organization in
view of the fact that the chamber is the only authority that has the right to provide
viewpoints regarding economic legislation through the International Chamber
of Commerce’s close relations with the United Nations Organization
and its specialized agencies and other international agencies and organizations.
- Calling for developing the world economic system, which is based on the principle
of fair and free competition, and contributing to developing relations and commercial
and economic investment between the state and other countries of the world through
the regulations of the International Chamber of Commerce and the
conventions of international trade.
- Using all the possible means to spread, translate and apply the commercial rules,
laws, recommendations, conventions and practices, which are agreed on internationally
through the International Chamber of Commerce besides boosting
the UAE businessmen and familiarizing them with all the updates in the field of
- Co-operating with the International Chamber of Commerce and other
affiliated national committees and the different international organizations and
- Taking part in developing and updating the international trade system and concentrating
on the support of developing countries, particularly Arab countries in the international
- Organizing conferences, seminars and workshops that will improve the performance
of economic establishments and companies besides developing the means of investment
in the fields of international trade.
- Representing the UAE’s different economic sectors (commercial, industrial, agricultural
and services) in the International Chamber of Commerce besides
conveying the proposals and recommendations of these sectors to the chamber with
a view to developing their work, particularly as regards international trade.
- Paying due attention to developing e-commerce and trying to find mechanisms that
will ensure putting an end to cyber crimes.
- Taking part in solving commercial disputes at the international level through reconciliation
Part III: Membership
Article (5) Membership:
- The committee shall be formed of the representatives of the UAE chambers of commerce
and industry as well as occupational organizations and associations and UAE committees
and organizations of legal entity. It will also include commercial, industrial,
agricultural and occupational companies and establishments. Natural people may be
members of the committee, provided that they practise professions, are of good conduct
and reputation and have not been previously convicted of crimes related to honour
- Membership applications shall be submitted to the Executive Secretariat. In case
an application has been rejected, however, the applicant may file a complaint to
Article (6) Duties of members:
- Taking part in the committee’s activities and works and other tasks assigned to
them by the board.
- Settling the subscription and membership fees.
- Abiding by the provisions of this system and its executive regulations as well as
the decisions of the general assembly and the board.
Article (7): Expiry of membership:
The membership of the committee shall expire or be terminated in the following cases:
- Written resignation
- By a decision by the board of directors in the following cases:
- If a member has been late for settling the membership fees for more than three months
from the date of a notification to this effect issued in writing and forwarded to
- If a member has shown no adherence to the provisions of this system and the decisions
- Loss of eligibility or death.
A member may, however, file a complaint against a decision to terminate his membership
with the board within two months from the date of notification of termination of
Part IV: The bodies of the committee
Article (8) Board of directors:
- The committee shall have a board of directors, which shall have the authorities
to be stipulated later on. The first board of directors shall be formed of the representatives
of UAE chambers of commerce, industry and agriculture as well as a representative
of the federation of chambers and five members to be selected by the founding committee.
- The board’s powers:
- The Board is the highest executive authority for the management of the committee.
With the exception of the general assembly’s powers and authorities, the board shall
be responsible for supervising the committee’s work and shall have the right to
appoint the required administrative body. The board shall be also responsible for
executing the provisions of these articles of association and the decisions and
recommendations issued by the general assembly besides inviting the general assembly
for meeting and preparing its agenda. The board may, however, invest a board member
or more with some of its authorities.
- The board shall select a chairman and a vice-chairman from the board members and
shall assign the rest of tasks to the other board members.
- The board shall endorse the estimated budget of the committee’s revenues and expenses
and shall submit a detailed annual report on its work over the already ended year
to the general assembly for endorsement.
- The board shall approve the bylaws related to its work as well as the committee’s
work and shall submit the same to the general assembly for endorsement.
- The board shall be formed for a period of three years renewable and shall manage
the committee until a new board has been formed.
- The board shall form the executive secretariat.
- The board’s work procedures:
- The chairman of the board shall represent the committee before all international
and local organizations and establishments. In the event of his absence, however,
the chairman shall be represented by the vice-chairman.
- The board shall meet once at least every three months at the invitation of the chairman
or based on a written request from one third of the board members at least.
- The chairman shall chair the board meetings and shall be replaced by the vice-chairman
in the event of his absence. A quorum shall be regarded as legal if no less than
half the members who have already renewed their subscriptions have attended the
meeting, provided that the chairman or vice-chairman is among them.
- Decisions in the board shall be taken with the majority of the members present in
the meeting. In the event of a tie, however, the side to which the chairman belongs
shall have the upper hand.
- Tasks of the general secretariat:
- The general secretariat shall hold meetings in the committee’s head office but meetings
may be held in any other place. Minutes of meetings shall be drawn up for every
meeting and shall be recorded in a special register to be signed by the chairman
of the session as well as the executive secretary. A member shall have the right
to record his reservation about any decision in the minutes of meeting but shall
give the reasons behind his reservation.
- The general secretariat shall work out the estimated budget for the revenues and
expenses of the committee and submit it to the board for endorsement.
- The general secretariat shall work out the bylaws related to its work as well as
the committee’s work and shall submit the same to the board for endorsement.
- A member shall lose his post in the board:
- If he has submitted his written resignation or has been dismissed by the general
secretariat based on a recommendation by the board.
- By a decision by the board if he has not attended four successive board meetings
or six intermittent board meetings without justification.
- 5-3 If the post of a board member is vacant for whatsoever reason, the member with
the next large number of votes in the recent elections shall be entitled to the
Article (9) General Assembly:
- The committee shall have a general assembly, which will be formed of all the members
associated with it in line with Article (5) thereof.
- The general assembly shall be called for meeting by a decision by the chairman of
the board once a year at least. A meeting shall be regarded as proper if the majority
of members with renewed membership have attended the meeting; otherwise, another
meeting will be called for within a week from date, which will be regarded as proper
if attended by any number of members.
- The chairman of the board shall chair the meetings of the general assembly. The
general assembly’s decisions shall be taken with the majority of the present votes
where each member shall have one vote only. In the event of a tie, however, the
chairman’s vote shall have the upper hand.
- In the event of the chairman’s absence, the vice-chairman shall chair the meetings
of the general assembly.
Article (10) The powers of the general assembly:
- Endorsing and amending the articles of association and any bylaws based on the board’s
- Electing five of its members for the board membership.
- Endorsing the committee’s financial data and estimated budget and approving the
appointment of the auditor nominated by the board.
- Endorsing subscription and membership fees.
- Endorsing, amending and proposing the plans and programmes of the different activities
of the committee in such a manner that will ensure progress of the committee’s work
and development of its performance.
Article (11) Extraordinary General Assembly:
The chairman of the board may call for an extraordinary meeting of the general assembly
at any time if such a meeting has been demanded by one third of the members who
have already renewed their membership or if such a meeting has been necessitated
by certain circumstances without waiting for the ordinary meeting of the general
The extraordinary meeting of the general assembly shall be regarded as proper if
it is attended by the majority of members with already renewed membership; otherwise,
another meeting shall be called for within a week from date which shall be regarded
as proper regardless of the number of members attending it.
Part V: Closing Provisions
The committee may be dissolved for whatsoever reasons if this is decided in writing
by two thirds of the members, who have already renewed their membership, based on
a written request by no less than one third of the members of the national committee.
Article (13) Financial resources:
The committee’s revenues shall come from:
- Subscription and membership fees
- Contributions and donations.
- The revenues of the committee’s activities including seminars, workshops, courses
and the like.
- Any other sources as determined by the board.
These articles of associations may be amended only by a decision by the general
assembly based on a recommendation by the board.
All authorities shall carry the content of these articles of association into effect,
each as per its scope of work.
These articles of association shall be effective from date and every decision in
violation of these articles of association shall be considered null and void.
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