September 2019 Message from Lead Consultant
Top-class experts at IMM Trade Consultation in Barcelona
After Chris Beeko, Director of the Ghana Forestry Commission's Timber Validation Department, Pascal Chomont, Product Manager and Sales Representative for Interholco, has now agreed to join the group of experts speaking at the IMM Trade Consultation's Africa session. Mr Chomont will talk about challenges of doing business in Africa, Interholco's experience with verifying legality of African timber products and the company's experience of participating in a VPA pilot project. Mr Beeko will inform delegates of latest developments in Ghana and the EU's Final Joint Assessment of the Ghanaian TLAS and the EFI FLEGT Facility will address developments in the Republic of the Congo and Cameroon.
Participation in the Consultation on 7 October is free, with key target audiences being timber importers and their clients in the retail and manufacturing sector.
The IMM project has published a newsletter summarizing highlights of its research and activities as well as other news published during the first half of 2019. It includes key findings of recently published IMM studies of EU Member States green public procurement policies and the role of FLEGT and FLEGT in EU wood promotion programmes, gives insight into discussions with the private sector during the Antwerp trade consultation and provides more details about the upcoming Consultation in Barcelona on 7 October. The newsletter also contains an update of EU-VPA partner country tropical timber trade trends and a more detailed update on trade in FLEGT-licensed timber from Indonesia, among other things.