The Minutes contain follow up on previous discussions related to training, the microfiche project and the position paper on seeds.
Extensive discussion is reported on external review procedures such as balance between long term strategic considerations and house keeping matters, participation of centers in key discussions, resource allocation and project priorities, presence of a TAC member in the review team and separate scheduling of EPRs and EMRs..
A lengthy report of the Benefits Committee on retirement plans and group insurance, a report of the fund raising committee emphasizing the importance of promotional activities, an extensive discussion on the TAC priorities paper, relations with national research systems and their increasing involvement in aspects of varietal improvement, a report of the subSaharan Africa Task Force and a progress report on SPAAR is recorded in the minutes.
In a meeting with the CG Secretariat on the stabilization fund there is general agreement that in addition to compensating centers for exchange losses and price changes, the stabilization fund might be available for operations in instances of funding shortfalls.
The minutes also contain the growing emphasis on the role of boards in running IARCs, the need to ensure that newly elected Trustees have the time to devote to their IARC responsibilities at the same time maintaining the appropriate balance between governance and management.