Monday, July 20, 2009

Statutes of Saudi Council of Engineers

{Issued under Royal Decree
No. M/36 dated 26/9/1423 H.
In accordance with Council of Ministers’
Decree No. 226 on 13/9/1423H}

Article One:
Saudi Council of Engineers is a scientific professional body independently handling its financial obligations, and operating under the supervision of Ministry of Commerce with headquarters in Riyadh. Saudi Council of Engineers hereinafter referred to as “Council” may establish branches in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Article Two:
The objectives of this Council are to promote the engineering profession and do whatever may be necessary to develop and upgrade its standards and those practicing it. The main responsibilities of the Council are as follows:

1. Setting criteria and standards of practicing and developing this profession including licensure terms and conditions
2. Prescribing necessary rules, regulations, and examinations for obtaining professional degrees
3. Preparation and publication of studies, researches, and statistics related to engineering divisions and branches, and issuance of professional and scientific magazines
4. Organization of courses, conferences, symposia, and exhibitions relating to the profession and participation therein
5. Expression of suggestions that it deems appropriate for decisions and instructions relating to the profession, and
6. Submission of technical advice in its area of specialization in accordance with regulations to be approved by the Council’s Board of Directors.

Article Three:
The membership of the Council of Engineers consists of:

1. Primary membership: It comprises all Saudi graduates in engineering disciplines or equivalent, practicing this profession.
2. Associate membership includes:
a. All non-Saudi engineers holding a university degree or equivalent in any engineering discipline, and working in the engineering field in the Kingdom.
b. Technicians, students, and those interested in engineering science and apply for membership.
c. Professional engineering offices and companies authorized to practice engineering profession in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
3. Honorary membership: It is awarded by the Council’s Board of Directors to those who make distinguished contribution to serve the Council. Honorary members are exempted from subscription fee.

Article Four:
The Council shall have its general assembly comprising primary members who have settled their annual subscription fees. The general assembly shall hold its ordinary meetings once a year whereas extraordinary meetings will be held as specified in the bylaws.

The notice for convening a general assembly meeting shall be issued 20 days before the actual date of the meeting giving the place and date of such meeting. The meeting will be legal irrespective of number of attendees. The decisions in the general assembly will be taken by majority of votes. In case of a tie, the presiding officer’s casting vote will decide the issue.

Article Five:
The responsibilities of the general assembly will be as follows:
1. Setting up of the Council’s internal organization;
2. Approval of the bylaws of the Council’s statutes;
3. Approval of members’ subscription;
4. Approval of the Council’s final statement of accounts, appointment of an auditor and determining his remuneration; (There will be an exception for the first term when the Board of Directors will appoint the auditor and determine his remuneration.)
5. Adoption of the work plan presented by the Council’s Board of Directors and approval of the annual report of its activities;
6. Election of the general assembly representatives for the Board of Directors.

Article Six:
1. The Board of Directors consists of ten basic members who are elected by the General Assembly as per the terms and regulations stated in the executive bylaw. The elected board members will then choose the chairman and his deputy from them by secret ballot.
2. The term of Board membership shall be three years, renewable only for one more term.
3. The Board shall meet at least once every three months, or upon a request by Chairman of the Board or upon a request by at least four members.
4. Meetings will be held with the attendance of majority of members including the chairman or his deputy.
5. Resolutions will be issued by the majority of votes of those present. In case the votes are equal, the chairman's casting vote will decide the issue.
6. Secretary General of the Council shall attend the meetings but with no right to vote.

Article Seven:
The Board of Directors shall exercise its powers for conducting its affairs and realizing the Council’s objectives contained in Article two of the statutes, specifically the following:

1. Convening the General Assembly
2. Proposing Council’s internal organization
3. Proposing bylaws of the Council’s statutes
4. Proposing member subscription fees
5. Preparing Council’s final statement of accounts
6. Preparing annual report of the Council’s activities and proposing an action plan for it
7. Passing Council’s annual budget
8. Formation of technical and scientific committees, and engineering divisions, and setting out principles for practicing their mission
9. Appointing Council’s Secretary General and his deputy, determining their duties, responsibilities and rights
10. Accepting grants and donations
11. Approving Council’s funds investment policy

Article Eight:
The financial resources of the Council consist of:
1. Member subscriptions
2. Grants and donations
3. Revenues from the services provided by the Council
4. Proceeds from the Council’s invested funds

Article Nine:
These statutes shall be published in the official gazette and come into force sixty days from the date of publication. Thereafter any provisions in contradiction with these statutes shall be abolished.

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