Articles of Association

Chapter 1 General Provisions

Article 1 Irish Fujian Business Association and Irish Fujian Association are founded with purpose to promote the image of Chinese people in Ireland, to seek more legitimate rights and interests, to support hometown building and to enhance cooperation within Chinese community. We aim to promote the communication between China and Ireland in culture, technology, information, economy and trade.

Article 2 “爱尔兰福建商会” is the Chinese name of Irish Fujian Business Association. “爱尔兰福清同乡会” is the Chinese name of Irish Fujian Association. They are non-governmental organization built by Chinese people who live in Ireland.

Article 3 The association’s tenet is to keep a foothold in Ireland, to mutual help, to serve members, to promote communication, to enhance cooperation and to build up prestige of Chinese.

Article 4 The association is a non-profit, non-religious and non-political social organization built by the overseas Chinese who live in Ireland.

Chapter 2 Tasks

Article 5 Main tasks of the association:

  • 1.The main tasks are to forge relationships among Chinese and overseas Chinese, to promote cooperation, to safeguard members’ legitimate rights and interests, to provide service to Chinese, overseas Chinese, Chinese overseas student in Ireland.
  • Promote the communication and cooperation between Chinese and Irish. Provide Chinese with consulting services in training, studying and labor forces. Entertain visiting groups who come from China.
  • Organize and participate in social benefit activities, carry out friendly cooperation and exchanges with the Irish people from all walks of life activities. Editing and publishing propaganda to establish a good image of Chinese. Expand the reputation of China.
  • Support China’s economic development through BBS, seminars, conferences and any other activities. Promote China’s investment opportunities and capital introduction. Contact various Chinese investment projects and public welfare projects in order to benefit overseas Chinese.

Chapter 3 Membership

Article 6 The association’s membership includes institutional members and individual members.

Article 7 The status of a member:

  1. Any individual or unit who agrees to the association’s constitution and who is willing to serve the association may submit application to join the association.
  2. All sectors of society, entrepreneurs, social workers and social activists who are interested in the development of the association and agree on the constitution, may apply to join the association.
  3. Filling out an application is essential to join the associa-tion. Institutional membership should be approved by the council. Individual members should be approved by the secretariat.
  4. If a member’s behavior severely damages the reputation of the association, then the member may be removed through the decision made by the association’s annual meeting.
  5. All the members who want to participate in activities and conferences should be authorized by president and executive vice president after discussion. Anyone who organizes or takes part in an activity without authorization, will be removed from association.

Article 8 Member rights

  1. Members have the rights of vote, election and being elected.
  2. Members have the rights of supervision, criticism and proposal.
  3. Members have the rights to participate in various activities held by the association.
  4. Members are given priority to read periodicals and materials published by the association.
  5. Members have the right and freedom to withdraw from the association.

Article 9 Member obligations

  1. All members have the obligations to protect the association’s fame and image, to abide the charter, to implement the annual meeting decisions and to undertake the tasks on time.
  2. Members should co-operate sincerely, actively participate in activities and take full advantages of personal strengths in order to develop the association.
  3. No one is allowed to hold events in name of the association without authorization.
  4. Members have the obligations to provide feedback and toput forward proposals.

Chapter 4 Funding

Article 10 Sources of funds:

  1. Voluntary donations from institutional members and individual members.
  2. Government grants, other organizations’ donation, and donations from enterprises.
  3. Revenue generated from the activities and services within the approved scope of business.
  4. Other legitimate income.

Article 11 Funds Management:

  1. The association has opened independent bank accounts (including foreign exchange accounts).Domestic and foreign economic exchanges are separated. And a specific Finance Department has already been set up.
  2. The association has a complete and transparent financial system.
  3. The association’s funds should be spent on the purposes prescribed in the charter and the funds should never be allocated to the members.
  4. No organizations or individuals shall be allowed to misappropriate or embezzle assets of the association.
  5. Sponsorship from other organizations or associations is acceptable. And foundation will be set up with permission.
  6. The residual property will be donated to charities after deducting the liquidate expenses once the association is dissolved.

Chapter 5 Organization Structure

Article 12  A council is set up in the association. It is composed of one president, several vice presidents, a few directors and executive directors. Directors and executive directors are appointed after members’ negotiation. The term of council is three years. And the council is the highest authority of the association.

The responsibilities of the council:

  1. The council is responsible for discussing and determining policy, tasks and other essential events.
  2. The council is responsible for putting forward formulation and modification plans on constitutions of the association.
  3. The council is responsible for examining and adopting the work report from the executive council.
  4. The council is responsible for negotiating and electing the president, vice presidents, general secretary and executive directors.
  5. The council is responsible for engaging honorary presidents and honorary advisors.
  6. The council is responsible for discussing and determining the plans and annual budget.
  7. The council is responsible for examining and adopting the work report of the association.
  8. The council is responsible for discussing and determining other major events.
  9. The council is responsible for determining the termination of the association.

Article 13 The executive council, which is composed of president, vice president, secretary-general and executive directors, shall exercise its functions and powers during the session of the council. The association has one secretary-in-general and several vice secretary-in-general to support the president and vice president. The regional branch is established to set up contact net. And further tasks will be arranged according to demand.

The responsibilities of the executive council:

  1. The executive council is responsible for implementing the decisions of the council.
  2. The executive council is responsible for leading the subordinate office and the daily routine of the association.
  3. The executive council is responsible for encouraging vice secretary-in-general to meet the president’s request
  4. The executive council is responsible for accepting membership according to the applications.
  5. The executive council is responsible for the council and work report.

Article 14 The general council of the association shall be presided over by the president or vice president of the executive council. It is usually held once a year. The meeting of the executive council may be convened by the President and is usually held every six months. Besides, it may be held at any time when necessary.

Article 15 The association hires reputable honorary president, honorary director and honorary advisors, recommended by the council.

Article 16 The association establishes the secretary-in-general, external relations office, trade promotion office, cultural exchange office, public relation office and labour department, etc.. The commissioners are appointed by the president when there is request.

Chapter 6 Supplementary Provisions

Article 17 When it comes to modification of the constitutions, it requires at least three members to put forward the proposal and then to clarify the content and reasons in written form. And the above mentioned items should be provided  to  secretariat. Finally the proposal will be discussed during the annual meeting and come into force only if more than two-thirds members agrees.

Article 18 Dissolution of the association must be proposed by the president and adoption of two-thirds of the council is required. A liquidation group will be made up under the supervision of authorities. It is responsible for reporting the registry resolution and group list to the Organization Registry Administration. At last, the liquidation group has to go through the formalities for the nullification of registration.

Article 19 The constitutions of association shall take effect upon the inauguration of the council. The Council of Irish Fujian Business Association reserves the right to make further explanation  and interpretation of this constitutions. .