In order to achieve its objectives, the Center is authorized to:
Promote and support, by use of funds or otherwise, science and technology projects in accordance with Article II of this Agreement;
Monitor and audit Center projects in accordance with Article VIII of this Agreement;
Disseminate information, as appropriate, to promote its projects, encourage proposals, and broaden international participation;
Establish appropriate forms of cooperation with governments, inter-governmental organizations, non-governmental organizations (which shall, for the purposes of this Agreement, include the private sector), and programs;
Receive funds or donations from governments, inter-governmental organizations, and non-governmental organizations;
Establish branch offices as appropriate; and
Engage in other activities as may be agreed upon by the Parties.
The Center shall have a Governing Board and a Secretariat, consisting of an Executive Director, Deputy Executive Directors, and such other staff as may be necessary, in accordance with the Statute of the Center.
The Governing Board shall be responsible for:
Determining the Center's policy and its own rules of procedure;
Providing overall guidance and direction to the Secretariat;
Approving the Center's operating budget;
Governing the financial and other affairs of the Center, including approving procedures for the preparation of the Center's budget, drawing up of accounts, and auditing thereof;
Formulating general criteria and priorities for the approval of projects;
Approving projects in accordance with Article VI;
Adopting the Statute and other implementing arrangements as necessary; and
Other functions assigned to it by this Agreement or necessary for the implementation of this Agreement.
Decisions of the Governing Board shall be by consensus of all Parties on the Board, subject to conditions and terms determined pursuant to Article V, except as provided otherwise in this Agreement.
Each of the signatory Parties shall be represented by a single vote on the Governing Board. Each shall appoint one representative to the Governing Board within seven (7) days after entry into force of this Agreement.
The Governing Board shall adopt a Statute in implementation of this Agreement. The Statute shall establish:
The structure of the Secretariat;
The process for selecting, developing, approving, financing, carrying out, and monitoring projects;
The process by which the Executive Director shall obtain scientific and other necessary professional advice with regard to proposed projects directly from international experts;
Procedures for the preparation of the Center's budget, drawing up of accounts, and auditing thereof;
Appropriate guidelines on intellectual property rights resulting from Center projects and on the dissemination of project results;
Procedures governing the participation of governments, inter-governmental organizations, and non-governmental organizations in Center projects;
Provision for allocating the Center's property upon termination of this Agreement or withdrawal of a Party;
Personnel policies; and
Other arrangements necessary for the implementation of this Agreement.
The Governing Board shall have the discretion and exclusive power to expand its membership to include representa-