Final Communiqué of the Meeting of Sectoral Ministers of the Economic and Monetary Community of Central Africa: End of export of timber in the form of logs as of January 1, 2022

18 September 2020 - By Videoconference - The CEMAC meeting of Ministers in charge of Forestry, Industry and Environment of Central Africa adopts several decisions with a major impact on the development of the forestry and timber sector in Central Africa.

A major decision "Decision prohibiting the export of timber in the form of logs by all countries of the Congo Basin as of January 1, 2022".

Among other decisions taken by Ministers:

"Adoption of the creation of the Regional Committee for the Sustainable Industrialization of the Timber Sector in the Congo Basin" - "Adoption of the creation of special economic zones to set up primary, secondary and tertiary wood processing industries" - "Adoption of the creation of the Regional Committee for the Sustainable Industrialization of the Timber Sector in the Congo Basin (CRIB)" - "Adoption of the regulation on the development of forest plantations" ...

 

An excerpt from the Final Communiqué of the Meeting of Sectoral Ministers of the Economic and Monetary Community of Central Africa

After review, the Ministers validated all these texts with amendments, on the one hand, to the one concerning the creation of Special Economic Zones for the establishment of primary, secondary and tertiary wood processing industries and, on the other hand, to the one concerning the development of Forest Plantations.

 

To this end, the Sectoral Ministers recommend their adoption by the Council of Ministers of the Central African Economic Union in order to make them Community acts.

 

With regard to harmonized forest taxation, Ministers recommend that the CEMAC Commission, in collaboration with COMIFAC, draw up directives on forest taxation that countries should incorporate into their national legislation.

 

Finally, the Ministers thank BDEAC, the ECCAS Commission and COMIFAC for strengthening integration and cooperation in Central Africa.

 

They also congratulated Mr. Akinwumi Adesina for his brilliant re-election at the head of the ADB and thanked him for all the support given to the countries of Central Africa. Furthermore, they expressed the wish to see this cooperation strengthened in the implementation phase of the Sustainable Industrialization Strategy of the Wood Sector in the Congo Basin.

 

They also expressed their deep gratitude to Professor Daniel ONA ONDO, President of the CEMAC Commission, for his growing interest in the industrialization of the economies in the CEMAC zone, in general, and of the timber sector in the Congo Basin, in particular.

 

Finally, they paid a vibrant tribute to all the Heads of State for their clear-sightedness and adherence to the ideals of regional integration. A special tribute was paid to the President of the Republic of Cameroon, H.E. Mr. Paul BIYA, current President of the Community.

 

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