Standard Immunities and Privileges of SEAMEO Units

At the 44th SEAMEO Council Conference, In-Camera Session, the Secretariat presented the working paper of Proposal on Standard Immunities and Privileges of SEAMEO Units. The paper served as a document for discussion on the concerns relating to privileges and immunities enjoyed by SEAMEO Units. The paper also sought approval of the 44th SEAMEO Council Conference on the set of standard privileges and immunities that should be granted to all SEAMEO Units.

Resolution:

I. The 44th SEAMEO Council Conference, In-Camera Session approved the set of standard privileges and immunities listed below, subject to the existing law of the respective countries where the regional centres are located:

Centre

  1. Tax-exemption on Imports and Centre revenues
  2. Exemption on custom duties for Centre property
  3. Inviolability and security of the Centre premises
  4. Protection and restrictions in undertaking Centre operations
  5. Security and inviolability of Centre records and communications
  6. Holding foreign currency accounts and inviolability of financial accounts

Staff

  1. Privileges and immunities of the Centre Director
    • Exemption on personal income tax
    • Import privileges on personal effects and vehicle
  2. Privileges and immunities of international staff (Professional Category) and their dependants
    • Exemption on personal income tax
    • Import privileges on personal effects and vehicle
  3. Tax-exemption on salaries paid to local staff (General Service Category)

II. The 44th SEAMEO Council Conference, In-Camera Session approved that minimum set of standard privileges and immunities as aforementioned and subject to the existing law of the respective countries, be sought for all SEAMEO Units except some SEAMEO TROPMED Centres.

Reference: Final Report of the 44th SEAMEO Council Conference, In-Camera Session (MC-44/IC/WP/4)