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The daily business of APQO is carried out by the Secretariat.
The Secretariat operates under the direction of the Executive Board. The Executive Board may delegate its responsibilities to one or more of the Members.
The staff of the Secretarial may be employees of APQO. If the Council so chooses the secretarial work may be entrusted to another organization which may or may not be a Full Member according to a contract with APQO. In both cases, the organization appoints a representative, hereinafter called "Secretary General."
The Secretary General takes part in the meetings of the Executive Board and the Council without the power to vote.