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The African Development Bank (Immunities and Privileges) Order 1983

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THE BANK

4.  The African Development Bank (hereinafter referred to as the Bank) is an organisation of which the United Kingdom and other sovereign Powers are members.

5.  The Bank shall have the legal capacities of a body corporate.

6.  The Bank shall have immunity from suit and legal process, except:

(a)to the extent that the Board of Directors of the Bank shall have waived immunity;

(b)in a case arising out of the exercise of its borrowing powers if it has appointed an agent for the purpose of accepting service or notice of process, or has issued or guaranteed securities, in the United Kingdom;

(c)in respect of a civil action by a third party for damage arising out of an accident caused by a motor vehicle belonging to, or operated on behalf of, the Bank, or in respect of a traffic offence committed by the driver of such a vehicle;

provided that no proceedings may be brought against the Bank by a member or any person acting for or deriving a claim from a member.

7.  The Bank shall have the like inviolability of official archives as, in accordance with the 1961 Convention Articles, is accorded in respect of the official archives of a diplomatic mission.

8.  Within the scope of its official activities the Bank shall have the like exemption or relief from taxes, other than duties and taxes on the importation of goods, as is accorded to a foreign sovereign Power.

9.  The Bank shall have the like relief from rates as, in accordance with Article 23 of the 1961 Convention Articles, is accorded in respect of the premises of a diplomatic mission.

10.  The Bank shall have exemption from duties (whether of customs or excise) and taxes on the importation of goods imported by the Bank and necessary for the exercise of its official activities, such exemption to be subject to compliance with such conditions as the Commissioners of Customs and Excise may prescribe for the protection of the Revenue.

11.  The Bank shall have exemption from prohibitions and restrictions on importation or exportation in the case of goods imported or exported by it and necessary for its official use.

12.  The Bank shall have relief, under arrangements made by the Commissioners of Customs and Excise, by way of refund of duty (whether of customs or excise) paid on imported hydrocarbon oil (within the meaning of the Hydrocarbon Oil Duties Act 1979) or value added tax paid on the importation of such oil which is bought in the United Kingdom by the Bank and which is used for and necessary for the exercise of its official activities, such relief to be subject to compliance with such conditions as may be imposed in accordance with the arrangements.

13.  The Bank shall have relief, under arrangements made by the Secretary of State, by way of refund of car tax and value added tax paid on the purchase of new motor cars of United Kingdom manufacture and of value added tax paid on the supply of other goods or services of substantial value which are necessary for the official activities of the Bank, such relief to be subject to compliance with such conditions as may be imposed in accordance with the arrangements.

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