International Organizations (Immunities and Privileges of the Inter American Development Bank) Order


Published: 1999-05-13

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International Organizations (Immunities and Privileges of the Inter American Development Bank) Order
INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS (IMMUNITIES AND
PRIVILEGES)

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[Original Service 2001] STATUTE LAW OF THE BAHAMAS

INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS (IMMUNITIES
AND PRIVILEGES OF THE INTER-AMERICAN

DEVELOPMENT BANK) ORDER, 1999

(SECTION 3)
[Commencement 13th May, 1999]

1. This Order may be cited as the International
Organizations (Immunities and Privileges of the Inter-
American Development Bank) Order, 1999.

2. The Inter-American Development Bank (in this
Order referred to as “the Organization”) is an Organization
of which the Government of The Bahamas and the
governments of foreign sovereign Powers are members.

3. (1) The Organization shall have the legal
capacities of a body corporate and, except in so far as in
any particular case it has expressly waived its immunity,
immunity from suit and legal process.

(2) No waiver of immunity shall be deemed to
extend to any measure of execution.

4. The Organization shall have the like
inviolability of official archives and premises occupied as
offices as is accorded in respect of the official archives and
premises of an envoy of a foreign sovereign Power
accredited to Her Majesty.

5. The Organization shall have the like exemption
or relief from taxes and rates, other than taxes on the
importation of goods, as is accorded to a foreign sovereign
Power.

6. The Organization shall have exemption from
taxes on the importation of goods directly imported by the
Organization for its official use in The Bahamas or for
exportation, or on the importation of any publications of
the Organization directly imported by it, such exemption to
be subject to compliance with such conditions as the
Comptroller of Customs may prescribe for the protection
of the revenue.

7. The Organization shall have exemption from
prohibitions and restrictions on importation or exporta-
tion in the case of goods directly imported or exported by


S.I. 35/1999

Citation.

The
Organization.

Legal capacity.

Official archives
and premises.

Relief from taxes.

Exemption from
taxes.

Importation of
goods.

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the Organization for its official use and in the case of any
publications of the Organization directly imported or
exported by it.

8. The Organization shall have the right to avail
itself, for telegraphic communications sent by it and
containing only matter intended for publication by the
press or for broadcasting (including communications
addressed to or despatched from places outside The
Bahamas), of any reduced rates applicable for the
corresponding service in the case of press telegrams.

9. (1) Representatives of (member States) of the
Organization shall in the exercise of their functions and
during their journeys to and from the place of meeting
enjoy —

(a) the like immunity from suit and legal process;
(b) the like inviolability of residence; and
(c) the like exemption or relief from taxes,

as is accorded to an envoy of a foreign sovereign Power
accredited to Her Majesty, unless in any particular case the
privilege or immunity is waived by the Government of the
respective representatives.

(2) For the purposes of the application of this Order,
the expression “ representatives of member States” shall be
deemed to include, in addition to the representatives, the
following members of their official staffs accompanying
them as such representatives —

(a) heads of delegations;
(b) alternate representatives;
(c) advisers;
(d) technical experts,

and Part IV of the Schedule to the Act shall not operate so
as to confer privileges or immunities on the staffs of
representatives other than on those persons falling within
the above-mentioned descriptions.

(3) The provisions in the preceding paragraphs of
this Order shall not confer any immunity or privilege on
any person as the representative of the Government of The
Bahamas or as a member of the staff of such representative
or on any person who is a citizen of the Commonwealth of
The Bahamas.

Reduced rates on
telegrams.

Immunities and
privileges of
representatives of
members.

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10. Except in so far as in any particular case any
privilege or immunity is waived by the Organization, the
President of the Organization (including any officer acting
for him during his absence from duty) shall be accorded in
respect of himself, his spouse and his children under the
age of twenty-one, the like immunity from suit and legal
process, the like inviolability of residence and the like
exemption or relief from taxes, other than income tax, as is
accorded to an envoy of a foreign sovereign Power
accredited to Her Majesty, his spouse and children, and
shall also enjoy exemption from income tax in respect of
emoluments received by him as an officer of the
Organization.

11. Except in so far as in any particular case any
privilege or immunity is waived by the Organization,
persons employed by the Organization shall enjoy —

(a) immunity from suit or legal process in respect of
words spoken or written and things done or
omitted to be done by them in the course of the
performance of their official duties;

(b) inviolability of all papers and documents
relating to the work of the Organization; and

(c) exemption from income tax in respect of emolu-
ments received by them as officers or servants of
the Organization.

12. The names of the persons to whom the
provisions of paragraphs 9 and 10 apply shall be set forth
in a list compiled and published from time to time by the
Minister under section 4 of the Act, and such list shall
show in regard to each person the date as from which, for
the purposes of this Order, he first held the office or
employment in question and the date when he ceased to
hold that office or employment.

High officials.

Other officials.

List of names.

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