Afro Arab Cooperation
ORGANIZATION AND METHOD FOR
THE REALIZATION OF
In addition to the Joint Afro-Arab Summit and the Joint Council of Ministers, the following joint bodies shall be created to ensure the realization of Afro-Arab Co-operation as defined in the Declaration and Programme of Action on Afro-Arab Co-operation :
1. Standing Commission;
2. Working Groups and Specialized Panels;
3. Co-ordinating Committee;
4. Ad Hoc Court for Commission of Conciliation and Arbitration.
I. JOINT SUMMIT CONFERENCE AND COUNCILOF MINISTERS
The Afro-Arab Summit shall be held every three years and the Joint Ordinary Meeting of the Council of Ministers shall be held every eighteen months.
II. STANDING COMMISSION
Composition : The Standing Commission shall be composed of 24 Ministers twelve of whom shall be appointed by the Organization of African Unity and twelve by the League of Arab States or their Representatives who must be at least of Ambassadorial rank, the two Secretaries-General of the Organization of African Unity and the League of Arab States.
The Chairmanship : The Chairmanship of the Group of Twelve of the Organization of African Unity and the Group of Twelve of the League of Arab States shall be Co-Chairmen of the Standing Commission.
Meeting and Venue : The Standing Commission shall meet in Ordinary Session twice every year alternatively at the Headquarters of the two Organizations unless in case of an invitation extended by a member State. By agreement of the two Chairmen, an Extra-ordinary Session of the Commission shall be convened when necessary.
The dates and duration of such meetings shall be fixed after consultation between the Chairmen and the Secretaries-General of the two Organizations.
Terms of Reference : The Standing Commission is entrusted with the implementation of Afro-Arab Co-operation and shall follow up its development in the various fields. It shall examine and direct co-operation towards the political, cultural, social, technological and economic objectives as envisaged in the Declaration and Programme of Action on Afro-Arab Co-operation :
To this End, the Commission shall take the appropriate decisions :
It shall, inter alia :
a)Ensure the implementation and follow-up of decisions of the Conference of Heads of State and Government and the Council of Ministers;
b)Consider issues raised by each party and work out the necessary proposals to be submitted to the Council of Ministers for the promotion and strengthening of Afro-Arab Co-operation;
c)Set up the necessary working groups on the various aspects of Afro-Arab Co-operation and define their terms of reference and rules of procedure;
d)Approve the projects proposed by the appropriate working groups;
e)Deal with matters relating to general organization and co-ordination in the establishment of co-operation;
f) The Standing Commission may, if necessary, propose a joint Extraordinary Meeting of the Council of Ministers.
III. WORKING GROUPS AND SPECIALIZED PANELS
Working Groups and Specialized Panels shall be established in accordance with the Declaration and Programme of Action on Afro-Arab Co-operation in the following fields as the necessity
b)Mining and Industry;
c)Agriculture, Forestry; Fisheries and Animal Husbandry;
d) Energy and Water Resources;
e)Transport, Communication and Telecommu-nications;
f) Financial Co-operation;
g)Educational, Social, Cultural and information;
h)Scientific and Technical Co-operation.
The Standing Commission may set up other Working Groups.
Composition : Each Working Group shall be composed as far as possible of an equal number of experts and specialists from both sides. Each side shall, as far as possible, ensure the continuity of the terms of office of the members of the Group.
Each of the two sides shall appoint a Chairman for each Working Group and shall inform the Chairman of the other side of its choice. Each Working Group shall appoint a Rapporteur.
Each Working Group may consult specialists from the public or private sector
1.Each Working Group shall submit any appropriate proposal, within its competence, to the two Chairmen, especially with regard to the selection and implementation of projects with due
consideration of the instructions issued by the Standing Commission.
2. The Working Groups shall submit their proposals and recommendations to the Standing Commission to take necessary measures in this respect.
3. Each Working Group may, after consultation with the Chairmen, decide to set up Specialized Panels to undertake any specific assignment within the former’s terms of reference.
4.The Working Groups shall each define, within the framework of its competence, the terms of reference of the Specialized Panels as well as the method of work of these panels.
5. The Working Groups may terminate the assignment of any Specialized Panel.
IV. CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE
The Co-ordinating Committee shall be responsible, under the authority of the Standing Commission, on the one hand, for co-ordinating the work of the various working Groups and, on the other, for ensuring the implementation of decisions taken. Within the limits of these powers, the Co-ordinating Committee shall deal exclusively with matters of a practical and administrative nature requiring urgent decisions.
Composition : The Co-ordinating Committee shall be composed of :
- the Chairman of the Committee of Twelve and the Secretary-General of the OAU, on the one hand, and the Chairman of the Committee of Twelve and the Secretary-General of the League of ArabStates on the other;
- The Co-Chairman and Rapporteur of each of the Working Group concerned, if the Co-ordinating Committee deems it necessary.
V. AFRO-ARAB AD HOC COURT OR COMMISSION OF CONCILIATION AND ARBITRATION
An Afro-Arab Court or Commission of Conciliation and Arabitration shall be set up charged with the legal interpretation of texts governing Afro-Arab Co-operation and any disputes that may arise. The Status and composition of such an Institution shall be laid down by a meeting of experts to be convened under the auspices of the OAU and the Arab League.
VI. MEANS OF ACTION
A special Fund shall be established for the running of the executive bodies of Afro-Arab Co-operation. This Fund shall be financed on a 50% contribution from each of the two Organizations’ regular budgets. Individual and voluntary contributions could be made to this Special Fund.
The budget of the Special Fund Shall be approved by the Standing Commission.
This Fund shall be administered by the Secretaries-General of the Organization of African Unity and the League of Arab States under the control and responsibility of the Co-ordinating Committee which will regularly report to the Standing Commission.