With all member countries and associate member countries represented, the General Assembly is CIAT’s supreme decision-making body (Art. 5 of CIAT’s By-laws).
The General Assembly has the following responsibilities:
CIAT’s member countries and associate member countries will celebrate a yearly General Assembly, with no prejudice of the Extraordinary ones that could be called by majority of member countries or by the Executive Council. Assemblies’ dates of celebration and venue could be established by the Executive Council.
Assemblies will be chaired by the Executive Council’s President, or in his absence, by his substitute according with the rules of procedures.
Assembly will be considered validly constituted when representatives of at least half of member countries are present. All member countries and associate member countries representatives will have voice right.
Assembly resolutions will be adopted by simple majority of the present votes, except that the statutes are tried to be modified, accept associate member countries proposed by the Executive Council, in such cases it will be required a majority of two thirds of member countries with right to vote.
Historically, General Assembly is held between the months of April and May. The main topic and the topics to be presented are previously defined jointly by the host country and CIAT.
Assembly meeting counts with the participation of representatives from its country members, associate member countries and international organizations like the World Bank, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), International Monetary Fund (IMF), Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), World Customs Organization (WCO), among others.