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XXXII. Appendix L. Cooperation agreement between the intergovernmental organization for marketing information and technical advisory services for fisher products in the Asia and Pacific Region (INFOFISH) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

The Contracting Parties,

Considering that INFOFISH was established with the assistance of FAO as a concrete step towards carrying out the objectives, strategies and programmes of action adopted by the World Conference of Fisheries Management and Development convened by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in Rome in 1984,

Considering that INFOFISH was established as an independent intergovernmental organization by an agreement, adopted on 13 December 1985 by a Conference of Plenipotentiaries convened by the Director-General of FAO, which entered into force on 3 March 1987 and for which the Director-General of FAO is the Depositary,

Considering that Article 14, paragraph 1 of the Agreement establishing INFOFISH provides that "the Contracting Parties agree that there should be a working relationship between INFOFISH and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. To this end INFOFISH shall enter into negotiations with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations with a view to concluding an agreement pursuant to Article XIII of the Constitution of the Organization. Such agreement should provide, inter alia, for the Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations to appoint a Representative who would participate in all meetings of INFOFISH, but without the right to vote."

Considering also that the Governing Council of INFOFISH, at its Eleventh Regular Session on 30 November 1996 decided to propose a cooperation agreement with FAO with a view to strengthen the relations already existing between INFOFISH and FAO, and formalize the cooperation between the two organizations,

Considering further that paragraph 1 of Article XIII of the FAO Constitution states that "in order to provide for close cooperation between the Organization and other international organizations with related responsibilities, the Conference may enter into agreements with the competent authorities of such organizations, defining the distribution of responsibilities and methods of cooperation."

Recognizing the interest which FAO has in the promotion of cooperation relating to fisheries among the countries of the Asia and Pacific Region,

Have agreed as follows:

I. A close relationship shall be established and maintained between INFOFISH and FAO.

II. FAO shall participate in meetings of the Governing Council and of the Technical and Advisory Board of INFOFISH as an observer.

III. INFOFISH shall be invited to participate in meetings of the Conference and the Council of FAO in an observer capacity.

IV. FAO shall, far as possible and in conformity with its constitutional instruments and decisions of its competent bodies, give due consideration to requests for technical assistance made by INFOFISH.

V. INFOFISH and FAO may, in appropriate cases, agree to convene under their auspices, according to arrangements to be made in each particular case, joint meetings concerning matters of interest to both organizations.

VI. INFOFISH and FAO may, through special arrangements, decide upon joint action with a view to attaining objects of common interest.

VII. INFOFISH and FAO may, when they consider it desirable, set up joint committees or working parties, on conditions to be mutually agreed in each case, to consider matters of common interest.

VIII. Subject to such arrangements as may be necessary for the safeguarding of classified material, INFOFISH and FAO shall arrange for the fullest exchange of information and documents concerning matters of common interest.

IX. The Fishery Industries Division at FAO Headquarters in Rome, will serve as a focal point for liaison between INFOFISH and FAO

X. The Contracting Parties may decide by mutual agreement to extend the scope of their cooperation as appropriate.

Entry into force

The present Agreement shall enter into force as soon as it has been approved by the Governing Bodies of both organizations.

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