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Liberia to resume legal timber exportation

Jarp Davies/Benjamin S. Taingay
Timber in Liberia
Timber in Liberia

MONROVBIA, LIBERIA-Liberia is expected to resume the exportation of legally harvested timber by the end of 2017.

Liberia, will by that time, be implementing the Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) to see the country export its timber to the international market.

The Forestry Development Authority (FDA) Managing Director, Harrison Kahnwea, made the disclosure Friday, September 23, 2016 at the Monrovia City Hall in Monrovia.

Mr. Kahnwea was speaking at the Joint Implementation Committee of the Liberia-EU Voluntary Partnership Agreement on the Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEG-T).

Also speaking at the gathering, an EU Representative, Alberto Menghini, expressed optimism that Liberia will soon start issuing the FLEG-T Licenses.

Mr. Menghini acknowledged some technical and financial changes that are slowing the process, but said stakeholders have agreed to intensify cooperation to overcome such challenges.

At the same time, EU Ambassador to Liberia, Tina Intelmann, stressed the importance of the country not to lose track of the Voluntary Partnership Agreement goals.

Ambassador Intelmann called on the Liberian Government to remain committed to the process.

 


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