How AATI Works
THE ASSOCIATION OF ASIAN TRANSLATION INDUSTRY
THE ASSOCIATION OF ASIAN TRANSLATION INDUSTRY is organized by 13 countries and region in order to collaborate for the advancement and world harmony of translation industry in Asia.
Country and Region represented by members: Cambodia, China, Hong Kong (China), India, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam (as of February 2013)
Headquarters: Bangkok, Thailand
Motto: We Speak Asia
The Association of Asian Translation Industry (AATI) formally announced on 28 August 2012 that it is moving towards a new era in the Asian and ASEAN translation industry envisioned to serve as a platform and forum for translation-quality standards in Asia.
After its formation announcement at the 3rd International Conference on Translation, Technology, and Globalization in a Multilingual Context held in New Delhi, India on 23 June 2012, AATI has decided to spearhead the implementation of unified standards and practices in translation, interpretation, localization and certification across Asia.
The association has likewise vowed to expand its roles in the field of research and development, innovation and translation technology, including the active participation of the academe vis-à-vis the industry.
The newly formed AATI is initially composed of 12 countries and 1 region including Cambodia, China, Hong Kong (China), India, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam which are committed to fostering reforms and congruency in language services.
AATI President Maneerat Sawasdiwat Na Ayutthaya said that “the AATI is a turning point to revolutionize language services in Asia where the most dynamic translation industry will harmonize the world balance of language across borders.”
Maneerat and AATI Secretary-General Ravi Kumar added that through AATI, a greater and fruitful collaboration is expected not just in ASEAN-Asian countries but also in other countries around the globe.
Newly-elected members of AATI are:
President: Maneerat Sawasdiwat Na Ayutthaya (Thailand)
Secretary General: Ravi Kumar (India)
Vice-president: Tuan Dinh Khac (Vietnam)
Vice-president: Judy Zhang (China)
Treasurer and Assistant to the President: Lawrence Honkiss (Philippines)
Co-Directors for Public Relations and International Affairs: Samuel Ceazar S Porcalla (Philippines) and Saeng Sopagna (Cambodia)
Co-Directors for Education: Hong Jiang (Hong Kong, China) and Benny H. Hoed
Director for Research and Publications: Leo Chan (Hong-Kong, China)
Director of ASEAN Affairs: Kyaw Swa Win (Myanmar)
Director of Membership Management and Marketing : Yoshiki Matsuoka (Japan)
Country/region Representative and SG Office support: Shital Bhandary (Nepal) and Tamil Selvan (India)
Country/region Representative: Marvin Yap (Malaysia)
Country /region Representative: Thongsavanh Khammanichanh (Laos)
Country region Representative: Sengfa Holanouphab (Laos)
Association Board Members met in Bangkok for its first GBM on October 20-22 in Bangkok, Thailand.
ARTICLE I (The Association)
Section 1. Name. This organization shall be called “ASSOCIATION OF ASIAN TRANSLATION INDUSTRY”, or “AATI”
Section 2. Scope and Coverage. The AATI shall strive to extend its presence and assistance to all countries in Asia.
Section 3. Office Address. The Headquarters of AATI shall be located in Bangkok, Thailand.
Section 4. Official Seal and Logo. The official seal and logo of the Association shall have the acronym of “AATI”.
Section 5. Motto. “We Speak Asia.”
ARTICLE II (Purpose and Objectives)
Section 1. To promote collaboration of Asian translators and interpreters to enhance their professional qualities;
Section 2. To develop professional standards of the translation activity of the industry in Asia;
Section 3. To enhance the use of information and communication technology to facilitate the task of translators and interpreters;
Section 4. To share knowledge, ideas and enhance transfer of technology through forums, conferences, symposia, seminars, workshops or training programs organized by AATI;
Section 5. To serve as a resource of translators, interpreters, language consultants and translation technology experts;
Section 6. To promote cooperation, co-optation and collaboration for the mutual benefit of other language associations in Asia particularly in the field of translation and interpretation.
ARTICLE III (Membership)
Section 1. Membership in AATI shall be open to translators, interpreters, language service providers, language professionals, terminologists, supplier of language technologies and related stakeholders of the translation industry.
Section 2. Application for membership may be filed through the official AATI.
Section 3. Qualification and Approval. The evaluation, qualification and approval shall be approved by the Executive Council
Section 4. Membership fee shall be paid annually.
Section 5. Types of Membership
a. Academic member
a. 1 individual (teacher, student, staff)
a. 2 institute (university, college, training center)
b. Professional member
b.1 personal/individual (translator/ interpreter freelancer)
b.2 Corporate/Organization/Association) (organization, company, language service provider,
d. Lifetime member
e. Founding member (Life time)
ARTICLE IV (Duties and Responsibilities of Members)
Section 1. Every member shall abide by the following duties and responsibilities:
a. To uphold the Charter of the AATI
b. To abide by the policies, decisions and regulations which may be promulgated by all policy-making and governing bodies of AATI;
c. To participate in all programs, projects, and events organized, endorsed, and adopted by AATI;
d. To adhere to the principles and pursue the objectives of AATI;
e. To participate in elections, conventions, conferences organized by AATI-Asia;
f. To uphold language quality standards set by AATI
g. The Founding Members would remain lifetime Members of the Board
ARTICLE V (General Assembly)
Section 1. The General Assembly shall be the highest policy-making and governing body of AATI and represented by ALL bona fide members of AATI;
Section 2. Once the General Assembly is convened, each country will have only one (1) Country Representative who will have the voting right to elect members of the Executive Council;
Section 3. The General Assembly shall be convened every three (3) years at any date to be determined by the Secretary General, in consultation with the President or by resolution by “50% plus One” of the current Executive Council.
Section 4. Notice and Agenda of the General Assembly shall be issued to all members at least one (1) month before it takes place.
ARTICLE VI (Council of Representatives)
Section 1. The Council of Representatives shall be the second highest policy-making and governing body of AATI.
Section 2. The Council of Representatives shall have the following powers and functions:
a. Elect the President, Secretary General, Vice President and Treasurer;
b. Approve the general program of action of AATI and budget of the organization;
c. Adopt resolutions and positions on issues on organizational matters, industry concerns, language standards, and other language-related concerns;
d. Endorse cooperation and international relations;
e. Approve amendments to or a revision of this Charter; and
f. Discuss and approve other matters that shall be presented by the Executive Council or the Governing Body.
Section 3. The Council of Representatives shall be composed of all bona fide and official country/region representatives of AATI;
Section 4. The Council of Representatives, which is composed of a maximum of fifty three (53) countries/regions of Asia, shall be convened every three (3) years;
Section 5. Only Country/region Representatives are entitled to vote for the Executive Council;
Section 6. Proxy system. Substitution and deputation of official country/region representatives is allowed through written and signed Proxy Forms;
Section 7. Special session of the Council of Representatives may be convened upon request of ½ half votes of the members of the Executive Council;
Section 8. The Secretary General shall keep and preserve the record and minutes of the meeting of the proceedings of the Council of Representatives.
ARTICLE VII (The Executive Council)
Section 1. The Executive Council shall be composed of elected and appointed members of AATI and shall not be more than twenty (20) members;
Section 2. The Executive Council shall be convened at least once a year;
Section 3. Quorum shall be “50% plus One” of the incumbent members of the Executive Council;
Section 4. Special Session of the Executive Council may be convened upon the request of the Secretary General in consultation with the President or “50% Plus One” of the members of the Executive Council;
Section 5. The Executive Council shall be:
a. The overall administrative, executive and overseeing body of the AATI;
b. The governing body when the Council of Representatives is not in session; and
c. The Secretariat of the AATI.
Section 6. The Executive Council shall be composed of the President, Secretary General, Vice President, Treasurer, and Council members.
Section 7. Officers of the Executive Council shall hold office for three (3) years;
Section 8. Re-election of Executive Council members shall not go beyond three (3) terms except upon approval by the General Assembly;
Section 9. The Executive Council shall have the following powers and duties:
a. Propose a general plan of action to and implement the approved plans of the General Assembly;
b. Enforce the Charter and formulate by-laws that govern the administration of AATI;
c. Report the developments of the Association on a regular basis and during the General Assembly;
d. Supervise and coordinate the activities of AATI and its committees;
e. Prepare agenda and convene the General Assembly;
f. Define the role of AATI on vital and urgent issues relating translation and language; and
g. Initiate activities in the interest of AATI.
Section 10. In case of accident, death, resignation, suspension, incapacity, the President shall be replaced by the Vice President.
Section 11. In case the Vice President is unwilling to assume office, an interim Executive Officer shall be appointed by the Executive Council to cover the unfinished term until such time the General Assembly convenes and appoints or elects a new President in six months immediately after such incident.
ARTICLE IX (Function, Powers and Duties of the Executive Council)
Section 1. The President
shall preside over all the meetings and has the power to cast an extra vote to decide the matter.
a. shall have the power to allow inclusion of any subject/matter in agenda for the discussion in the course of proceeding/meeting.
b. shall have the power to appoint administrative staff for particular administrative work
c. shall have the power to form various special committees as needed.
Section 2. The Secretary-General
a. will summon and attend the meetings of the Executive Council and General Assembly
b. will act as the Chief Executive of the Association
c. will prepare the Membership Register as well as the preparation and keeping records of paperwork and all meetings.
Section 3. The Vice President and the Directors
a. shall attend all the meetings and facilitate all the Association activities.
b. shall act as assigned by the Board of Executive Council and fulfill the assignment as deem necessary.
Section 4. The Treasurer
a. shall act as assigned by the Executive Council
b. shall be responsible for the financial matters of the Association.
c. Shall report and prepare to finance and maintain the 2 companies in Thailand as obliged by the Thai Law to fulfill the Association legalization.
Section 5. Special concerns relative to finance, legalities and linguistics, the Executive Council shall engage the services of an auditor, language adviser, and legal counsel or any professional consultant as deemed necessary.
ARTICLE X (Compensation)
Section 1. Members of the Executive Council, committees and special groups of AATI shall NOT receive any salary, allowances, or other compensation;
Section 2. Only duly authorized expenses incurred on behalf of AATI shall be reimbursed.
Section 3. Members of the committees may be paid nominal honorarium as per approval of the Executive Council based on active performance.
ARTICLE XI (Elections)
Section 1. The Election Committee shall consist of five (5) members.
Section 2. The Chairman shall be appointed by the Executive Council to conduct and administer the election during the General Assembly; the other four elected by secret ballot by the members of the Council of Representatives. They shall not be from the Executive Council.
Section 3. A member shall not be nominated unless he or she has been a member of AATI for at least the preceding six (6) months.
Section 4. Each nomination has to be seconded by two representatives, one from each member country/region.
Section 5. The rules and regulations of the election shall be drafted by the Election Committee.
ARTICLE XII (Funding)
Section 1. The source of funding of AATI shall come from:
a. Admission, subscription and membership fees;
b. Donations and contributions;
c. Grants, financial assistance, sponsorships, accreditations, certificates, conferences/seminars/trainings; and
d. Any other lawful financial source.
Section 2. All the income of AATI shall be utilized and pursuance to the objectives of the Association by the approval of Executive Committee.
Section 3. The Fiscal Year shall be from 1st of October to 30th of September.
Section 4. Audit. The accounts of AATI shall be audited by an independent and qualified auditor every year.
Section 5. The Executive Council shall appoint the official depository bank(s) of AATI;
Section 6. Management of funds and operations of accounts shall be operated by “joint signatories” of any of the following:
a. President and Treasurer
b. President and Secretary General (only as duly acknowledged by the Treasurer through written approval.)
ARTICLE XIII (Special Committees)
Special committees shall be formed to undertake special projects, with nominations by the President. Examples of special committees include: fundraising, publication, election, marketing, fundraising, quality and standards, international relations.
ARTICLE XIV (Amendments)
Section 1. For any amendments to the Charter, an Extraordinary General Assembly will be held where a proposed amendment shall be approved by “50% plus one” of the members of the Council of Representatives.
Section 2. Extraordinary General Assemblies may be convened virtually or face-to-face as the case may be.
ARTICLE XV (Special Provisions)
Section 1. Initial period. The (16) Founding Members shall serve on the first Executive Council (IEC) term until such time that a General Assembly shall be convened in three years.
Section 2. The Executive Council shall be composed of active members of the AATI from where the officers, directors and representatives will be appointed to undertake duties and responsibilities of the Governing Body. Consideration will be discussed in due time.
Section 3. Upon termination of their tenure of office, the members of the IEC shall remain as life-long Board of Advisers of AATI, to continue to perform a mentorship and supervisory role.