CGIAR Center Directors Meeting Minutes, Presiding Chair: L. Swindale
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Minutes of Center Directors Meeting 3 to 6 July 1979. In a joint session with TAC the TAC Chair reports on the meeting of the sub-Committee on ISNAR, the acceptance of IFPRI into the CG system and the TAC paper on priorities. Center Directors decide to continue the use of IIE’s services, and propose differential rates for centers that do not use all their services. The compensation survey is reviewed and discussed. Providing tax relief to US staff was deferred with a recommendation that tax reimbursement should be obtained from the US Treasurer. A report on the establishment of ISNAR is received and discussed, an IADS training proposal is rejected on the basis that costs to the centers in relation to the benefits are too high. The minutes record a period of funding reductions and in their discussions centers directors consider seeking alternative additional resources as a group and thereby avoid competition between centers. Cash flow issues and the need to establish a contingency fund are discussed with the CGIAR Secretariat. Under other business, sabbatic leave for long term staff is proposed and endorsed, free distribution of seeds to commercial companies is approved provided it does not contravene host country, and contracting research to NARP’s in LDC institutions discussed.