Report of the sixth meeting of the Private Sector Committee held in Cairo in connection with MTM97 on May 25, 1997, chaired by Andreas Büchting. The committee reviewed its paper on private sector partnerships in biotechnology, which had been distributed to the CGIAR, and exchanged views on the topic with the CGIAR NGO Committee whose chairman had prepared a paper on biotechnology as well. The Private Sector Committee decided to follow up with a set of guiding principles on how to conduct biotechnology, cautioning that it was no more than a set of scientific tools that had to be kept in proportion.
Planning for a high level private sector conference continued. For use in the CGIAR System Review, the Committee asked a member to prepare a cover note to the biotechnology paper. The Committee reviewed its work program identifying technology transfer as a priority area. It would revisit priorities at the next meeting. Specific requests for help from CIP and ILRI were considered.
The Chair reported orally on this meeting to MTM97, and this written report was circulated later.