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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 international economy.
  • Co-operating with the International Chamber of Commerce and other affiliated national committees and the different international organizations and agencies.
  • Taking part in developing and updating the international trade system and concentrating on the support of developing countries, particularly Arab countries in the international economic assemblies.
  • 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 and arbitration.

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 and honesty.
  • Membership applications shall be submitted to the Executive Secretariat. In case an application has been rejected, however, the applicant may file a complaint to the board.

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 him.
    • If a member has shown no adherence to the provisions of this system and the decisions issued thereunder
  • 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 his membership.

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 post.

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 proposal.
  • 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 assembly.

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

Article (12):

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.

Article (14):

These articles of associations may be amended only by a decision by the general assembly based on a recommendation by the board.

Article (15):

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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