The Minutes report on discussions about expansion of the mandate to include food self reliance; Center Directors discuss the lack of opportunity for providing a collective view point to the imminent changes in the system and agree to make a related statement in the CDC formal report to ICW. Decisions are also made to seek alternatives to IIE as suppliers of services; CDC strategy papers are reviewed and decisions are made on next steps. In a meeting with the incoming Executive Secretary of the CG, relationships with the Secretariat on issues of funding, strengthening relationships with donors and national systems are emphasized. Procedures for operation of the Center Directors’ Committee are proposed and endorsed.
The minutes also record reports from Finance & Administration Officers Meeting, the Benefits Committee on the retirement plan redesign, Airco litigation and group insurance; the Fund Raising Committee, Human Resource Development Committee, Preservation and Documentation Committee and CD-Rom technology, the Sustainability Committee, the Public Awareness Committee and the Africa Committee.
On inter-center germplasm the CDC endorse a proposal by IBPGR and agree to continue support to IFAR for a three-year period.