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15.- Qualifications and Registration of Legal Entities as Legal Entity Associate Members
15.1    The qualification criteria for the registration of a legal entity as a Legal Entity Associate Member with the NCAC are as follows:
      a-    it shall have been incorporated with legal personality under and in
             accordance with the applicable laws and regulations and registered
             with the Ministry of Commerce or any  other authorized institutions;
      b-   under its corporate charter or bylaws, it shall have a clear system of
             governance with a board and members; and
      c-    it shall be willing to contribute actively to the objectives and activities of
             the NCAC.

15.2    Legal Entity Associate Membersshall have the right to:
      a-    receive information distributed by the NCAC as may be determined by the
              Executive Board from time to time.
      b-    attend events organized by the NCAC at the preferential rate as may be
             determined or varied by the Executive Board from time to time.
      c-    attend trainings organized by the NCAC at a specific arrangement as
             may be determined by the Executive Board from time to time.
      d-    have their names published in the lists in accordance with Article 18.

15.3    A Legal Entity Associate Member shall not have the right to:
       a-    vote at any General Assembly meeting of the NCAC.
       b-    be a member of any committee of the NCAC.
       c-    be on the Executive Board of the NCAC.

15.4     The following procedure shall apply to the application for the registration
             of a Legal Entity Associate Member:
      a-    the applicant shall submit its full and complete application and relevant
             contact details to the NCAC using Form D (available on the website and
             at the head office of the NCAC) together with documents demonstrating
             that the applicant fulfills the qualification criteria mentioned in Article 15.1
             above and the evidence of payment of application fee as may be
            determined or varied by the Executive Board from time to time.
       b-  within 60 (sixty) calendar days after receipt of the full and complete
             application, the Membership Committee shall examine and review the
             application and submit its recommendation to the Executive Board for
             final  approval.The Executive Board shall decide and inform the applicant
             in writing of its decision within 90 (ninety) calendar days after receipt of
             the application.If required, the Executive Board may extend the time to
             inform the applicant of its decision by 180 (one hundred and eighty)
             calendar days after its receipt of the application.
       c-   if the applicant does not fulfill the qualification criteria, the application
             shall be rejected, but the applicant has the liberty to reapply for the
             registration.
       d-   if the Executive Board decides that the applicant fulfills the qualification
             criteria, the Secretary General shall inform the applicant that the
             applicant  shall pay, in accordance with Article 17 below, the full amount
             of the annual  contribution for Legal Entity Associate Members for the
             time applicable.The Executive Board shall ensure that the General
             Secretariat registers  the applicant as Legal Entity Associate Members
             with the NCAC with  effect from the first day of the month following receipt
             of the payment of  the contribution until and including 31 December of
             that same year. The  Secretary General shall inform the applicant thereof.

15.5    The following procedure shall apply to the application for the annual renewal of a Legal Entity Associate Member:
        a-    the Executive Board shall renew the registration of Legal Entity
               Associate Member for the succeeding year upon the receipt of
               payment of the annual contribution unless:
             a.1-    the Legal Entity Associate Member has informed the NCAC that
                        it does not want to renew its registration as a Legal Entity
                        Associate Member; or
             a.2-    1 (one) or more of the circumstances referred to in Article 19.2
                         below is applicable or relevant to the Legal Entity Associate
                         Member involved.
       b-    if any information registered with the NCAC is unclear or insufficient at
              any time, the Executive Board may require the Legal Entity Associate
              Member to furnish more information.In any event, the Legal Entity
              Associate Member shall reply within 15 (fifteen) calendar days from
              the date of request.
       c-    if the Legal Entity Associate Member does not fulfill the aforementioned
              qualification criteria, the Executive Board shall not proceed to renew the
              registration.The Executive Board shall inform the Legal Entity Associate
              Member thereof and all decisions of the Executive Board are final and
              binding.
       d-    if, following the procedure in this Article, the Legal Entity Associate
              Member fulfills the qualification criteria, the Executive Board shall ensure,
              upon receipt in full of the annual contribution for the year for which
              renewal of registration, that the General Secretariat renews the
              registration of the Legal Entity Associate Member effective from 1
              January of the year for which the renewal is sought.
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