At the 2015 FAVA Council meeting in Ulaanbaatar, the council set FAVA a number
of goals to achieve prior to the 19th FAVA congress in September 2016 to be held
in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
One of the most important – the review of the FAVA constitution (and by-laws) –
also proved one of the most contentious. A constitutional update became
necessary once FAVA established & registered its permanent office in Bangkok.
An initial review to modernise & update the constitution (beyond a simple
amendment) was started during the 2014 Singapore Council meeting & then
continued at the 2015 Mongolian meeting. However, the turn-out for the online
voting in February this year to approve the draft constitution was insufficient to
constitute a quorum. As such the new constitution was not adopted and we are
still operating under the 1993 charter. The matter of how to proceed with
constitutional reform/changes now remains to be discussed by the council this
September. I would encourage all FAVA representatives to closely read the
current constitution prior to our meeting.