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Governance Structure


The Council is the apex policy making body of WASME and is presided over by the President and in his absence by one of the Vice Presidents. Council consists of all the members of the Society and meets at least once in two years. All General Members are eligible to vote in Council. The Council deliberates and decides on such matters as may be referred to it by the Governing Body of WASME. The Council is also informed of the decisions of the Governing Body.


The Council elects the President, Vice-Presidents for a period of two years commencing on 1st April every alternate year. The Council also reviews the progress achieved towards realisation of the Society’s objectives and issues such directives as it may consider appropriate to the Governing Body and the Secretariat of WASME. The Council may also periodically review the development of small and medium enterprises in different countries and suggest appropriate policy measures for strengthening the small and medium enterprise sector.

Governing Body

Governing Body is the supreme executive agency of WASME. The affairs of WASME are managed, administered, directed and controlled by the Governing Body in accordance with the rules and regulations of the Society. It has the power to manage and superintend the affairs of WASME and acts in the name of WASME. It takes all appropriate decisions and actions for implementation of the policy decisions of the Council and exercises budgetary controls.


While the maximum strength of the Governing Body is 42, the minimum strength is 14. The full Governing Body consists of the President, 10 Vice Presidents, the Secretary General and 30 members. The Governing Body meets at least once a year and such meeting is presided over by the President and in his absence by one of the Vice Presidents from the region in which the meeting is being held.


WASME has members from different countries in its Governing Board, each of whom brings a unique set of professional and personal skills to the team. The Board, with the advice of Senior Advisors and Permanent Representatives, determines the policies and programme strategies of WASME and sets priorities.Day-to-day operations of the Organisations are undertaken by the Secretariat, headed by the Secretary General.


Bureau consisting of President, Vice Presidents, Secretary General and Treasurer. The Bureau exercises powers of the Governing Body in between its meetings. All decisions taken by the Bureau are reported at the meeting of the Governing Body.