FIATA institutes and bodies, a strong foundation for all

The work undertaken by the FIATA institutes, advisory bodies, working groups, and standing committees is the foundation of the daily business of the organization. To ensure the best possible outcome, all FIATA bodies must follow procedures and reporting to the Presidency, Extended Board, and all members. Management rules are necessary to establish and implement policies. These support the efficient operation of FIATA in it meeting the business, technical or operational needs of Association and Individual Members, each of which have different requirements and business imperatives.

It should be clearly apparent that these outcomes are not determined or worked on in a bubble. They are the work of serious deliberations from the FIATA bodies where subject matter experts and technical expertise are brought together to examine, study and determine any appropriate advocacy for FIATA members at international, regional and national levels. This to be done with governmental and nongovernmental bodies whose actions impact on the efficiency, effectiveness and cost basis of service providers to international trade logistics and supply and change management.

The profile of a FIATA delegate

So how do members participate in this policy and process development? In a very simple and effective way by becoming a delegate/member to the many institutes, advisory bodies, working groups, and standing committees of FIATA.

The key requirements as to participation being:

  • time to actively contribute 
  • willingness to work constructively with other members
  • subject matter expertise
  • meeting attendance at the HQ Meeting and FIATA World Congress
  • most importantly, the nomination, as a delegate to the body of the Association Member to which the individual belongs

Each of the FIATA bodies is governed, in the main, by Article 7 of the FIATA Statutes. This is further elaborated in the rules of procedure for the institutes and standing committees. All bodies are then governed, in general, by their own rules or standard operating procedures which are, after notation by the Presidency and the Extended Board, submitted to the FIATA General Meeting for member acceptance.

These rules and procedures guide the work of the FIATA bodies under the direction of a chair (with a term of two years renewable to a maximum of ten years in a specific portfolio), who is elected by members at the General Meeting. All bodies, in their own right or, through an institute, are required to develop an annual work plan for approval, as well as report, to the Extended Board.

The Call for Nomination of delegates to FIATA bodies, for ease of administration, is usually circulated to Association Members when the Call for Nomination is made four months before the General Meeting. However, Association Members can, at any time, make or amend their delegates to the bodies.

So all pretty easy, step up to a nomination as a FIATA delegate and get involved!    

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