The ITPGR GB 5 closing ceremony was held on Saturday afternoon. H.E. Fuad bin Jafar bin Al-Sajwani, Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries of Oman, drew participants’ attention to the Muscat Declaration, adopted at the high-level meeting prior to GB 5, and expressed willingness to cooperate in the implementation of GB 5 outcomes.
Chair Mozafari noted that GB 5 gathered political momentum in pursuing the Treaty objectives further, and witnessed a trend in increasing membership and importance also for non-parties.
ITPGR Secretary Bhatti congratulated delegates on having reached a historical compromise to start a process to develop a range of measures to increase user-based payments and contributions to the Benefit-sharing Fund and enhance the implementation of the MLS. Delegates transmitted a note of appreciation to H.M. Qaboos bin Said Al Said, the Sultan of Oman.
Plenary reconvened in the evening to adopt outstanding resolutions and the meeting’s report. Chair Mozafari closed the session at 10:38 pm.