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Article Comparison - International Cocoa Agreement

Article 15
Composition of the Executive Committee

1. The Executive Committee shall consist of ten exporting Members and ten importing Members. If, however, either the number of exporting Members or the number of importing Members in the Organization is less than ten, the Council may, while maintaining parity between the two categories of Members, decide, by special vote, the total number on the Executive Committee. Members of the Executive Committee shall be elected for each cocoa year in accordance with article 16 and may be re-elected.

2. Each elected member shall be represented on the Executive Committee by a representative and, if it so desires, by one or more alternates. Each such member may also appoint one or more advisers to its representative or alternates.

3. The Chairman and Vice-Chairman of the Executive Committee, elected for each cocoa year by the Council, shall both be chosen from among the representatives of the exporting Members or from among the representatives of the importing Members. These offices shall alternate each cocoa year between the two categories of Members. In the temporary or permanent absence of the Chairman and the Vice-Chairman, the Executive Committee may elect new officers from among the representatives of the exporting Members or from among the representatives of the importing Members, as appropriate, on a temporary or permanent basis as may be required. Neither the Chairman nor any other officer presiding at meetings of the Executive Committee may vote. His or her alternate may exercise the voting rights of the Member which he or she represents.

4. The Executive Committee shall meet at the headquarters of the Organization unless, by special vote, it decides otherwise. If, on the invitation of any Member, the Executive Committee meets elsewhere than at the headquarters of the Organization, that Member shall pay the additional costs involved.