APTLD Board Meeting Communiqué (16 April 2020)

On 16 April 2020, the APTLD Board held a regular teleconference meeting and considered a range of matters. A summary of the Meeting is published in this Communiqué.

Preparations for APTLD78 and the APTLD78 Agenda

The Board reviewed the final agenda, posted online and expressed their gratitude to the community for an active contribution to its shaping.

The Board also agreed that an alternative way to conduct the upcoming meeting (if the current COVID 19 conditions did not make it possible for the meeting to proceed) could ultimately be a set of virtual sessions and suggested GM and the Secretariat investigate possible options in this regard.

Preparations for APTLD79-81

The Board received a GM’s update on the matter and noted with satisfaction that preparations are well on track and a significant progress made in respect to future Members Meetings planning.

Discussion on and Adoption of the E-Messaging Rules Guidance

After a round of internal communication on the matter the Board adopted the APTLD Guidance on E-Messaging and suggested it should be sent out to Members for review and comments.

Progress in Development of the APTLD.org Website

The Board discussed the GM’s update on the matter and noted with satisfaction that the project is due to be completed as scheduled. The Board commended the hoster.BY team for their efficiency in delivering a high-quality product.

State and Execution of the 2020 APTLD Budget

The Board received a GM’s update on the matter and noted with much satisfaction that it is in line with the original projections.

The Board also noted GM’s comments on a prospective significant surplus resulting from cancelled fellowships and travels and suggested the matter should be discussed with the community at a due time to identify issues of prime concern to address them in 2020-2021

The Secretariat Performance Review Working Group

The Board received GM’s update on the matter and expressed concerns about a lack of progress in this important matter and suggested GM continue to engage more volunteers to serve on the Working Group.

The Board also considered a number of other administrative matters.