Our organization

Our structure

WAPES’ legal structure is an INPA (International Not for Profit Association)

How we are funded

To a large extent WAPES is financed by membership fees, calculated on the basis of staff numbers and GDP…

General Assembly

The General Assembly is the highest decision-making body and includes all members.

Managing Board

The Managing Board consists of the President and 16 members elected by the General Assembly for a …

Executive Committee

The Executive Committee comprises the President, the Vice-Presidents, the Executive Secretary and the Treasurer.

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WAPES’ legal structure is an INPA (International Not for Profit Association) according to Belgian law.

WAPES is organised in five world regions, each having a Vice-President as their representative:

Africa – Americas – Asia and Pacific – Europe – Middle East and the Arabic countries

The decision making bodies of WAPES are:
General Assembly
Managing Board

The executive bodies of WAPES are:
The President
The Executive Secretary
The Treasurer
The Vice-Presidents

How we are funded

To a large extent WAPES is financed by membership fees, calculated on the basis of staff numbers and GDP per capita in US dollars (based on the IMF Economic database and the PPP method, Purchasing-Power-Parity).

Above the membership fees WAPES is also financed by income from publications and technical services, subsidies, donations and legacies as well as bank interest.

General Assembly

The General Assembly is the highest decision-making body and includes all members.

The General Assembly is, among other things, responsible for approving the annual budget, the statutes and the general plans for future activities, electing the President, the members of the Managing Board and the Auditors.

The General Assembly is held in May or June every year. Every three years the General Assembly is held in one of the member countries and the second two years WAPES arranges an E-General Assembly, a written procedure.

Managing Board

The Managing Board consists of the President and 16 members elected by the General Assembly for a three-year period.

Among other things, the Managing Board is responsible for ensuring effective administration of the organisation and for carrying out the decisions made by the General Assembly.

Among other things, the Managing Board is responsible for ensuring effective administration of the organisation and for carrying out the decisions made by the General Assembly. It proposes a general plan for future activities, prepares management reports on activities that have taken place and prepare the General Assembly.

The Managing Board meets at least once a year.

Executive Committee

The Executive Committee comprises the President, the Vice-Presidents, the Executive Secretary and the Treasurer. The Executive Committee is appointed by the Managing Board and oversees the activities of WAPES between the Managing Board meetings.

Members of the Managing Board 2018-2021

How to become a member ?

WAPES members are public employment services. Either national public or governmental bodies responsible for activities related to employment management or implementation of labour market policies. The membership is at country level. The Director General, or another person pointed out by him or her, represents the member country. For any further inquiries concerning membership in WAPES, please send us an e-mail, by using the form under the headline “Contact us” in the header of every page of the website. For more information about our current members, don’t hesitate to visite the member’s page.