Member States of the CEMAC subregion, have one more year to brace up ahead of the suspension of the exportation of raw timber out of the Central African zone. The ban was initially announced to take effect from January 1, 2022 which will now rather be January 1, 2023.
Cameroon’s Minister Delegate at the Ministry of the Economy, Planning and Regional Development, Paul Tasong, and his collaborators from the other member countries, have indicated that the decision is meant to enable everyone to easily adapt to the changes that are coming.
A week ago, Betatinz reported on the initial announcement made on July 28. Minister Paul Tasong commented on what the move was all about “we met within the framework of a ministerial meeting on the six countries of the CEMAC subregion and the Democratic Republic of Congo, to explore ways and means of financing a strategy to improve the industrialization of the wood sub-sector in our subregion” the government official said one week ago.
“We have maintained the 1st of January 2022 as a date for the suspension of the exportation of logs from the community” Paul Tasong in a statement before the recent postponement.
During the extended transitional period, member states of the CEMAC zone will revise the internal rules and regulations, and prepare to manage the constraints that are likely to come with the suspension.