Forum for International Cooperation and Trade (FICT)
The international organisation Forum for International Cooperation and Trade (FICT) was founded on 25 June 2011 during a meeting of representatives of eight countries in Purikali, the capital of the kingdom of Kaupelan. FICT replaces FICTS. FICTS continued to exist during the ratification process of the 25 June 2011 Treaty of Purikali; it has however been terminated shortly thereafter.
- 1 History
- 2 Purpose, scope, and limits of FICT
- 3 Member states of FICT
- 4 Organisation
- 4.1 List of Meetings of the General Assembly
- 4.2 List of Secretaries General of the Conference
- 4.3 List of Vice-Secretaries General of the Conference
- 4.4 Program-Budget
- 4.5 Institutes and Funds
- 4.6 Events
- 4.7 Treaties
- 5 Embassies of FICT member states
- 6 Links and Further Information
The Forum for International Cooperation and Trade was officially founded on 25 June 2011, and was the result of the FICTS reform conference that was held before that between most of the countries of FICTS and a number of other countries. During the founding conference in Purikali, nine countries were present: Adzhatia, Kaupelan, Tarmorya, Yukland and Yutyrama, who were members of FICTS at that moment, as well as Dhram Phá, Harrawi, Khusqaikama and Kronenburg. The sixth FICTS-country, Tuvelau, didn't sign the Purikali Treaty and didn't become a member of FICT. Kronenburg, too, didn't sign the treaty and didn't become a member.
The ratification process of the Treaty of Purikali took the second half of 2011, Dhram Phá being the first (1 July) and Adzhatia (23 December) being the last countries to ratify. The Treaty entered into force however after ratification by Khusqaikama on 21 October. As Adzhatia hadn't ratified yet, the Ambassador of Dhram Phá, sSiôŋ Hau, became the first official Chairwoman of the Conference of Ambassadors, replacing transitional chairman Lowok Aralangit.
The first Council Meeting, held on 4 April 2012, became a disaster. Although the Ambassadors had carefully prepared the agenda, leaving only minor disagreements, these disagreements proved to be more 'major' than expected and the Budget proposals and budgeting system were fiercely debated in the Council. No compromise was reached and the Meeting ended without any further decision than the acceptance of Chimor as a member state.
After the summit, some countries announced that they intended to leave FICT and found a more intensive organisation instead. The member states that declared their allegiance to FICT decided to reform the Purikali Treaty; this became the Ísðor Treaty, which was approved on 26 June 2012 during a Council Meeting in Ísðor, the capital of Yukland. During the same meeting, Île de Romanhe and Voskia were accepted as new member states.
FICT continues to expand. Since June 2012 the following member states joined:
- 4 May 2013: Guelphia
- 2 May 2015: Harrawi, the Republic of MAS, and New Courland
- 7 May 2016: Amargo and Pannonia
Purpose, scope, and limits of FICT
The member states of FICT are far apart, and seem to have little in common. They differ widely with regards to economic development, language, culture, history, political views and systems, and so forth. What they have in common, however, is that they are relatively small and unknown countries, and are overshadowed by much larger and more influential countries or economic blocks in their vicinity, which leads to a specific kind of economic problems that the member states of FICT largely share. The primary purpose of FICT, therefore, is to work together on overcoming these problems.
Through the exchange of industrial and technological knowledge and ideas, and through cooperating in the further development thereof, the member states of FICT hope to profit from each others' knowledge and strengths. Such scientific-industrial cooperation is also intended to promote the links between (applied) science and industry within countries and between scientists and companies in the various member states. Trade agreements and the organisation of trade fairs and conferences are intended to further promote and support the emergence of such an international network of cooperation of science and industry.
To bring the member states closer together, both to improve cooperation with regards to its primary goal, and as a goal in itself, FICT also intends to promote tourism, cultural exchange, and other forms of international cooperation and contact. In these respects too, the member states may be able to learn from each, and to contribute towards each others' growth. Furthermore, even if the economic impact of tourism from other FICT countries or trade with other FICT countries may always remain negligible, it is not zero, and through such reinforcement of international ties, they may have an important (indirect) effect on the improvement of international understanding and cooperation with regards to the primary purpose.
FICT has its scope and limits. Member states do not have much to gain from an organisation of small and uninfluential countries that are spread out all over the world and that have limited shared interests, and the member states are well aware of this. Baring exceptions, trade and tourism between FICT countries are negligible. They do not share political interests or political views. And also in other respects, they have little to gain from FICT aside from FICT's primary purpose as described above.
With these considerations in mind, the official purposes of FICT are phrased as follows in article 2 of the Purikali Treaty:
- a) To facilitate trade agreements;
- b) To exchange industrial and technological knowledge and ideas;
- c) To cooperate on a scientific and technological level and to exchange knowledge through the organisation of scientific conferences and the establishment of international research institutes;
- d) To promote tourism;
- e) To improve the traffic of people through a visa agreement;
- f) To exchange cultural knowledge and values.
- a) To promote, by cooperative action and through Specialised Organisations as mentioned in article 28, the economic, social, and cultural development of the Members;
- b) To facilitate trade agreements;
- c) To promote tourism and to improve the traffic of people through a visa agreement.
Member states of FICT
|country||signed treaty 1||ratified treaty 1||signed treaty 2||ratified treaty 2||current ambassador||since||remarks|
|Adzhatia||25 June 2011||23 December 2011||28 June 2012||21 September 2012||mr. Anatoĺ Bugănskie||25 October 2011|
|Amargo||-||-||7 May 2016||13 May 2016||prof. Alexio Mateus||13 May 2016|
|Guelphia||-||-||4 May 2013||24 June 2013||Sir Thomas Johnson||24 June 2013|
|Harrawi||-||-||2 May 2015||4 June 2015||ms. Muwat Shonshuu Yusuuf||6 June 2015||Harrawi was already a member from 2011 to 2012|
|Île de Romanhe||-||-||28 June 2012||23 November 2012||mr. Thimard Bonamy||25 May 2016|
|Kaupelan||25 June 2011||18 July 2011||28 June 2012||13 August 2012||mr. Alwisyu Tanwahu||20 December 2016|
|Republic of MAS||-||-||2 May 2015||26 june 2015||mr. Rajesh Mandal||29 June 2015|
|New Courland||-||-||2 May 2015||11 May 2015||ms. Natālija Mauriņa||11 May 2015|
|Pannonia||-||-||7 May 2016||3 October 2016||mr. Nut Gagarin||3 October 2016|
|Tarmorya||25 June 2011||5 October 2011||28 June 2012||12 October 2012||mr. Yesib Borzalle||01 June 2015|
|Voskia||-||-||28 June 2012||12 July 2012||mr. Tomas Ģoni||21 January 2017|
|Yukland||25 June 2011||5 September 2011||28 June 2012||31 July 2012||ms. Jana Gunnarssœn||21 January 2013|
|Yutyrama||25 June 2011||4 November 2011||28 June 2012||17 September 2012||ms. Cíntia Raposo||22 September 2016|
Treaty 1 = the Treaty of Purikali; Treaty 2 = the Treaty of Ísðor
Possible member states of FICT
The kingdom of Kronenburg has diplomatic relations with several current FICT member states and was represented at the conference in Purikali on 25 June 2011. The country didn't however sign the treaty and although Kronenburg as well as other countries have shown interest in Kronenburg applying for membership, its government doesn't plan to do so any time soon.
Former member states of FICT
|country||signed treaty||ratified treaty||denounced treaty||denunciation effective||remarks|
|Chimor||4 April 2012||(see remarks)||1 June 2012||26 June 2012||Chimor never explicitly ratified the treaty, and never considered itself a 'real' member, because it was admitted as a new member in the first, failed Council Meeting. Nevertheless, parliament formally denounced the treaty on 1 June.|
|Dhram Phá||25 June 2011||1 July 2011||(see remarks)||26 June 2012
|Dhram Phá decided to terminate its membership on 16 June, but did not formally denounce the Purikali treaty and is not planning to do so formally either. The country considers the termination of its membership effective with the signing (by the remaining FICT countries) of the Ísðor Treaty on 26 June.|
|Harrawi||25 June 2011||29 August 2011||25 June 2012||26 June 2012||Harrawi unilaterally suspended its membership already in April. Formal denunciation took place on 25 June. The country joined FICT however again on 2 May 2015|
|Khusqaikama||25 June 2011||21 October 2011||18 June 2012||26 June 2012
|Denunciation is effective immediate (18 June) in Khusqaian opinion and the country does not recognise any body's authority to decide otherwise.|
The dates mentioned in the column 'denunciation effective' represent the official confirmation/recognition by FICT itself. See the column 'remarks' for additional information.
The FICT headquarters are located in the capital of Kaupelan, Purikali.
All member states are represented at the headquarters by means of an ambassador. These ambassadors meet in Conference whenever necessary; the conference prepares decisions. In alphabetical order of country names in English (not official state names), each ambassador serves a six month term as Secretary General of the Conference or Secretary General for short. The Secretary General and his or her secretariat are in charge of the management of the headquarters as well as the organisation of the conference and meetings of the council. The current Secretary General is mr. Anatoĺ Bugănskie from Adzhatia.
The General Assembly consists of the heads of government or ministers of the member states. The General Assembly convenes at least annually and additionally whenever a majority of member states deems such necessary. All FICT decisions are made by the General Assembly.
List of Meetings of the General Assembly
|1||4 April 2012||Dhram Ɖú (Dhram Phá)||More information here.|
|2||26-28 June 2012||Ísðor (Yukland)||More information here.|
|19 January 2013||Purikali (Kaupelan)||Special G.A.; more information here.|
|3||4 May 2013||Ashtinok (Adzhatia)||More information here.|
|4||3 May 2014||Port de Boiguehenneuc (Île de Romanhe)||More information here.|
|5||2 May 2015||Kingsbury (Guelphia)||More information here.|
|6||7 November 2015||Porto da Mata (Yutyrama)||More information here|
|7||7 May 2016||Bizet (Republic of MAS)||More information here|
|8||13 November 2016||Divis (Voskia)||More information here|
|9||6 May 2017||Vítgarð (Yukland)||More information here|
|10||November 2017||Amargo||More information to come|
|11||May 2018||Tarmorya||More information to come|
|12||November 2018||New Courland||More information to come|
|13||May 2019||Harrawi||More information to come|
|14||November 2019||Pannonia||More information to come|
|15||May 2020||Kaupelan||More information to come|
|16||November 2020||Adzhatia||More information to come|
|17||May 2021||Île de Romanhe||More information to come|
Before 21 September 2012, the General Assembly was known as the Council.
List of Secretaries General of the Conference
|#||secretary general||took office||left office||country|
|0||Lowok Aralangit transitional||25 June 2011||21 October 2011||Kaupelan|
|1||sSiôŋ Hau (f)||21 October 2011||21 April 2012||Dhram Phá|
|2||Isèbel Mai Kurataata (f)||21 April 2012||21 September 2012||Kaupelan|
|3||Anatoĺ Bugănskie||21 September 2012||21 March 2013||Adzhatia|
|4||Cyprien Mâchefer||21 March 2013||21 September 2013||Île de Romanhe|
|5||Aryanto Nuhusedim||21 September 2013||21 March 2014||Kaupelan|
|6||Mansour Agdiri||21 March 2014||21 September 2014||Tarmorya|
|7||Pēneupē Vavauzīc (f)||21 September 2014||21 March 2015||Voskia|
|8||Jana Gunnarssœn (f)||21 March 2015||21 September 2015||Yukland|
|9||Roberta de Bragança (f)||21 September 2015||21 March 2016||Yutyrama|
|(3)||Anatoĺ Bugănskie||21 March 2016||21 September 2016||Adzhatia|
|10||Alexio Mateus||21 September 2016||21 March 2017||Amargo|
|11||Sir Thomas Johnson||21 March 2017||incumbent||Guelphia|
Before 21 September 2012, the Secretary General of the Conference was known as Chairman of the Conference.
List of Vice-Secretaries General of the Conference
|#||vice-secretary general||took office||left office||country|
|1||Lilja Merkinðor (f)||21 October 2011||21 April 2012||Yukland|
|2||Charles Albert Filantuniz||21 April 2012||21 September 2012||Tarmorya|
|3||José Mário Pessoa||21 September 2012||21 March 2013||Yutyrama|
|4||Jana Gunnarssœn (f)||21 March 2013||21 September 2013||Yukland|
|5||Pēneupē Vavauzīc (f)||21 September 2013||21 March 2014||Voskia|
|6||Aryanto Nuhusedim||21 March 2014||21 September 2014||Kaupelan|
|7||Cyprien Mâchefer||21 September 2014||21 March 2015||Île de Romanhe|
|8||The Lord Dequincy||21 March 2015||21 September 2015||Guelphia|
|9||Anatoĺ Bugănskie||21 September 2015||21 March 2016||Adzhatia|
|10||Roberta de Bragança (f)||21 March 2016||21 September 2016||Yutyrama|
|(4)||Jana Gunnarssœn (f)||21 September 2016||21 March 2017||Yukland|
|11||Tomas Ģoni||21 March 2017||incumbent||Voskia|
Before 21 September 2012, the Vice-Secretary General of the Conference was known as the Vice-Chairman of the Conference.
The FICT Budget, officially Program-Budget of the Forum for International Cooperation and Trade is the yearly budget of FICT and is adopted by the Council.
Institutes and Funds
The following institutes and funds were approved by the FICT Council Meeting of June 26-28, 2012:
- FICT Social Investment Bank (FSIB), formerly known as Fund for Economic and Social Development (FESD), main office in Vítgard, Yukland.
- FICT Secretariat for Scientific Cooperation (FSSC), main office in Clive-on-the-Hill, Deverauxshire, Guelphia.
- FICT Secretariat for Trade and Economy (FSTE), main office in Rāģidz, Voskia.
- FICT Secretariat of Tourism and Sports (FSTS), main office in La Mère à Boire, Île de Romanhe.
The following institute was approved by the FICT General Assembly of May 6, 2017:
Proposed Funds and Institutes
The following were all proposed at the FICT Council Meeting of April 4, 2012, but never adopted.
(Additionally, the FICT Support Fund (FSF) is a virtual fund that only exist for budgeting purposes.)
- FICT Institutes of Society and Industry (FISI)
- FICT Institute of Advanced Studies (FIAS)
- FICT Agency for Cultural Exchange and Tourism (FACET)
Abolished Funds and Institutes
FICT Games are regularly hosted sporting events between the member states of FICT. The number and the nature of the sports that are offered at FICT Games, may vary, depending on the capabilities of the host country.
FICT Games 2013 - Yutyrama
FICT Games 2015 - Île de Romanhe
FICT Games 2017 - Kaupelan
FICT Fairs are exhibitions organised by member states of FICT (individually or in cooperation with other member states, at their own initiative and at a moment chosen by that/those member state(s)), which are recognised by FICT as a fair that is in the interest of FICT, after which the latter (and/or the appropriate FICT Secretariat, depending on the theme of the fair) will facilitate the fair's accessibility to all member states and can perhaps contribute to part of the fair's financing, if required. FICT Fairs can have any social, cultural, scientific or economic theme that is in the interest of FICT.
- Purikali Treaty (officially: Treaty of the Forum for International Cooperation and Trade (T.FICT)), the founding treaty of FICT of 25 June 2011, replaced by the Ísðor Treaty on 28 June 2012.
- Ísðor Treaty (officially: Treaty of the Forum for International Cooperation and Trade (T.FICT2)), the revised main treaty, approved on 26 June 2012, signed on 28 June and entered into force on 21 September 2012.
- Additional treaties:
Embassies of FICT member states
- Île de Romanhe
- New Courland
- Republic of Maysoran, Algheran and Shaoran
Links and Further Information
- Rules of FICT - the rules for (human) participants and participation in FICT
- List of Countries Affiliated with FICT
- List of leaders of FICT states
- Map showing these countries' locations
- Statistics of FICT countries
- homepage of FICT
- FICT forum
- See also category Newspapers of FICT countries (click on FICT)