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Statute (Adopted at the General Meeting of the Russian-Lebanese Business Council on April 11, 2017)

STATUTE ON THE RUSSIAN-LEBANON BUSINESS COUNCIL

1. GENERAL PROVISIONS
1.1. This Stature determines the basis of organization and activities of the Russian-Lebanese Business Council (hereinafter - the Council).
1.2. The Council is created at the initiative of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation.
1.3. The Council is not a legal entity; it carries out its activities on a pro-bono basis, unites Russian enterprises of various organizational and legal forms and is guided in its work by this Statute.
1.4. Full name of the Council in Russian – Rossiysko-Livanskiy Delovoi Sovet, abbreviated name in Russian – RLDS.
1.5. Full name in English - Russian-Lebanese Business Council, abbreviated name in English - RLBC.
1.6. The board has its own logo, letter template and website.
1.7. The Council was created without limitation of the period of validity.

2. OBJECTIVES AND KEY ACTIVITIES

2.1. Council goals are: to extend and develop business contacts and mutually beneficial cooperation between Russian and Lebanese entrepreneurs; to promote Russian business in Lebanese markets and attract Lebanese investments to Russia; to elevate the role of interested representatives of Russian business community in formulation and execution of Russian-Lebanese commercial relation state policies; to combine efforts and organize constructive dialogue of business circles of Russia and Lebanon, interested in progressive development and improvement of efficiency of Russian-Lebanese business cooperation; to defend rights and interests of Russian entrepreneurs in their relationships with Russian and Lebanese state and commercial entities;

2.2. To achieve these goals, the Council carries out the following activities: takes part in the development of a coordinated position of the Russian business community with regard to cooperation with Lebanese partners; - analyzes problems that are typical for bilateral relations, prepares recommendations on removing obstacles or reducing the negative impact of certain factors that affect these relations; - promotes the identification of specific opportunities for expanding Russian-Lebanese cooperation in the business sector, including joint investment and innovation projects implemented in Russia, Lebanon and in third countries; - facilitates the creation of additional opportunities for dialogue and communication between representatives of the business circles of Russia and Lebanon by organizing (participating in organization) meetings, conferences, working groups, resulting in preparation of joint proposals aimed at intensifying trade and economic relations, and positive shifts in the public opinion of Russia and Lebanon regarding the role and prospects of economic cooperation between the two countries; - facilitates the interaction of Russian business circles with legislative and executive bodies, participates in preparation and implementation of Russian-Lebanese agreements and programs in the field of trade and economic relations, and in the development of relevant regulatory legal acts; - facilitates establishment of contacts and joint work with public associations of Russia and Lebanon, who take an active position on issues of bilateral trade and economic cooperation; - provides information services and consulting support to interested Russian and Lebanese organizations and companies, including the search for partners for joint projects and transactions. - Business Council’s Lebanese partner is the Lebanon-based Lebanese-Russian Business Council (LRBC), uniting Lebanese organizations and companies, interested in developing business cooperation with Russia. Both Councils hold joint meetings annually in Russia and Lebanon with the signing of the final Protocol.

3. CONDITIONS AND PROCEDURE OF ADMISSION TO THE MEMBERS OF THE COUNCIL, RIGHTS AND OBLIGATIONS OF MEMBERS

3.1. The number of members of the Council is unlimited.

3.2. Membership in the Council is voluntary and is based on a declarative principle.

3.3. Members of the Council consist of Russian legal entities of various organizational and legal forms that recognize this Statute, support the purposes of the Council and participate in the activities of the Council.

3.4. Admission to the Council is made by virtue of a written application of the head of a legal entity addressed to the Chairman of the Council. The date of admission to the Council and the commencement date is the date of receipt of the application by the Secretariate of the Council.

3.5. The Chairman of the Council sends the applicant a written confirmation of receipt of the application and its acceptance into the Council. If the applicant does not comply with the basic principles and objectives of the work of the Council, the Chairman of the Council sends a motivated refusal to the applicant.

3.6. On the sequent General meeting, the Chairman of the Council shall inform the members of accepted applications and new members of the Council.

3.7. Members of the Council have the right to: participate in the activities of the Council and its events; receive information on the activities of the Council; participate in drafting of decisions on all matters of activity of the Council; make proposals on improving the activities of the Council.

3.8. Members of the Council are obliged to: comply with the Statute of the Council, other regulations of the Council; comply with decisions made by the Council's management bodies.

3.9. A member of the Council may be expelled from the Council by decision of the General Meeting of the Council on the proposal of the Chairman of the Council in case of non-compliance with this Statute or failure to comply with the decisions of the management bodies of the Council.

3.10. The Council is not responsible for the obligations of its members, and the Council members are not liable for the Council’s debts.

4. ADMINISTRATION OF THE COUNCIL

4.1. General meeting:

4.1.1. The supreme management body is the General Meeting of the members of the Council. The main function of the supreme management body is to ensure compliance with the goals for which the Council was established.

4.1.2. The competence of the General Meeting of the Council members includes resolving the following issues: - approval and amendment of the Statute on the Council; - determination of priority areas for the activities of the Council; - adoption of documents regulating internal activities of the Council; - election and dismissal of the Chairman of the Council; - approval and exemption from the duties of the Executive Director for the Chairman of the Council; - reorganization and liquidation of the Council; - expulsion of the members of the Council from its composition upon presentation by the Chairman of the Council.

4.1.3. The General meeting of the members of the Council is valid if more than half of its members are present at the said meeting.

4.1.4. A General meeting of the members of the Council is convened by the Chairman of the Council as necessary, but not less than once per year.

4.1.5. When solving an issue, which was put to vote by the General meeting, each member of the Council has one vote. The decision of the General meeting of the members of the Council on matters put to vote adopted by a majority of votes of the members present at the meeting.

4.1.6. The General meeting is held at the time and in the place established by the Chairman of the Council.

4.1.7. The decision of the General Meeting of the members of the Council can be made without holding a meeting (joint attendance of the members of the Council to discuss the issues on the agenda and take decisions on issues put to the vote) by conducting an absentee vote (by poll). The decision of the General Meeting of the Council members taken by absentee voting (by poll) is valid if at least half of the total number of members participated in the vote.

4.1.8. Written notification of the convocation of the General Meeting of the members of the Council should be sent to each member of the Council (by e-mail) at least 15 days before the date of the General meeting. The notification has to contain the indication of the place, date, time of the General meeting, as well as agenda items.

4.1.9. The decisions of the General Meeting are finalized by a Protocol, which is signed by the Chairman and the Executive Director of the Council.

4.1.10. In the period between the General meetings, the operational activities of the Council are managed by the Secretariat under the direction of the Executive Director, who is a permanent body.

4.1.11. The Chairman of the Council and the Executive Director of the Council constitute the Board of Directors.

4.2. Chairman of the board:

4.2.1. The Chairman of the Council is elected by the General Meeting of the members of the Council for a period of three years with the right to be re-elected and may be relieved from duty prematurely by the General Meeting of the Council members in case of filing an appropriate application addressed to the President of the RF CCI or improper performance of his duties.

4.2.2. Chairman of the board: - manages the work on the development of strategic and practical solutions, aimed at pursuing the main goals of the Council; - represents the Council in state, public and other organizations in Russia and abroad; - convenes the General Meetings of the members of the Council and presides over them; - directs the preparation of materials for the General meeting of the members of the Council; - nominates the Executive Director of the Council for approval by the General meeting of the Council; - issues orders and instructions within the scope of work of the governing bodies of the Council; - has the right to sign on the documents of the Council; - performs other functions assigned to him by the General meeting and this Statute and is responsible to the Council for the results his activities.

4.3. Executive Director of the Council:

4.3.1. The Executive Director of the Council is approved by the General meeting of the members of the Council for a term of three years on the proposal of the Chairman of the Council and may be relieved prematurely by the General Meeting of the Council members in case of filing an appropriate application addressed to the Chairman of the Council or improper performance of his duties.

4.3.2. Acts as the Chairman of the Council in his absence.

4.3.3. Authority of the Executive Director and the procedure for his activities are determined by this Statute.

4.3.4. Executive Director of the Council: is accountable to the Chairman of the Council, organizes the implementation of decisions of the General meetings of the Council and bears responsibility to the Council for the results of his activities; acts on behalf of the Council without a power of attorney and on behalf of the Chairman; represents the Council in relations with third parties and organizations and has the right to sign on the documents of the Council; carries out direct interaction with business partners of Russia and Lebanon and organizes elaboration of their business proposals; arranges the work plans of the Council, and of annual and interim reports on the work of the Council; directs the work of the Secretariat of the Council.

4.4. Secretariat of the Council:

4.4.1. The powers of the Council Secretariat include: - maintenance of the current organizational and technical work of the Council; - notification about the convocation of the General meeting of the members of the Council and keeping minutes of the meetings; - management of budgeting and financing issues; - maintaining and updating the Council's website on an ongoing basis; - keeping the register of appeals and proposals of the members of the Council; - keeping a list of members of the Council; - maintaining office management of the Council; - other functions stipulated by the Statute, instructions of the Council's Board and decisions of the General Meetings of the Council.

5. FUNDING SOURCES OF THE COUNCIL

5.1. Matters related to funding of the ongoing events and activities of the Council are decided by the Chairman of the Council individually in each case.

6. PROCEDURE FOR THE INTRODUCTION OF AMENDMENTS TO THE STATUTE ON THE COUNCIL

6.1. Amendments to the Statute on the Council are carried out by the General Meeting of the members of the Council based on proposals of the Chairman and members of the Council.

6.2. Amendments to the Statute on the Council come into force from the moment of their approval by the General meeting of the Council.

7. REORGANIZATION AND TERMINATION OF THE COUNCIL'S ACTIVITIES

7.1. The decision to terminate the activities of the Council is made by the General Meeting of the Council members.

8. FINAL PROVISIONS

8.1. If one of the clauses of this Statute becomes invalid, this does not affect its’ other provisions. 8.2. In all other respects, not stipulated by this Statute, the Council abides by the legislation of the Russian Federation. 8.3. This Statute came into force from the date of its adoption by the General meeting of the Council.Council.

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