THE ROLE OF THE SECRETARY GENERAL
The By-Laws describe the Secretary-General as “Chief Executive Officer” of the Organization, who shall act in that capacity and perform “such other functions as are entrusted” to him or her by the Governing Body of ISSME. He is responsible for implementing the decisions of the Governing Body and the Council of ISSME. The By-Laws also empower the Secretary-General to “bring to the attention of the Council and Governing Body any matter of concern in his opinion”.
These guidelines both define the powers of the office and grant it considerable scope for action.
The By-Laws say the Secretary General shall convene the meetings of the Council and Governing Body of the ISSME and transmit a summary of the deliberations of the meeting to all its members. The Secretary General has to ensure compliance of the provisions of applicable laws, rules and regulations of the ISSME. The Secretary General serves as the Returning Officer during the Council elections.
The Secretary-General’s role includes attendance at sessions of the Governing Body and Council of ISSME; consultations with SME leaders across the world, government officials, and others; and worldwide travel intended to keep him in touch with Members, Affiliates and Partners.
The Secretary-General issues an annual report on the work done by ISSME. Under the supervision of Secretary General, the day-to-day operations of the Organisations are undertaken by its Secretariat and it works to ensure that SMEs’ voices are heard by global policy makers on a daily basis.
One of the most vital roles played by the Secretary-General is the use of his “good offices” — steps taken publicly and in private, to raise the concerns of SMEs in line with the aims & objects of ISSME.