Chair Tibor Farago (Hungary) opened the fifth session of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA-5) on 25 February 1997. He stressed the need for work on methodological issues, technology transfer and activities implemented jointly (AIJ). The Executive Secretary called for a firm calendar for future meetings to facilitate preparations. He also pointed to linkages between the SBSTA, AGBM and SBI. TANZANIA, on behalf of the G-77/CHINA, recalled that negotiations should not diverge from the COP mandate. BAHRAIN inquired about embassy access to negotiation information. Following a request from SBSTA-4, the Chair established contact groups on AIJ and methodological issues. The SBSTA deferred the election of officers because consultations with the Chair were still underway. On 28 February, the Chair noted progress on the election of officers and said an agreement should be concluded the following week.