The exportation of logs of timber from communities within the CEMAC region will be suspended from the 1st of January 2022. The decision was arrived at during an inter-ministerial meeting of CEMAC member countries on July 28.
Speaking at the ceremony the Minister Delegate to the Minister of the Economy, Planning and Regional Development Paul Tasong, expressed the need to diversify the economies of the subregion “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.
“Between 2014 and 2015, the CEMAC region faced a major economic shock with commodity prices, particularly oil prices which collapsed in the world market. We sought to get the different member countries to declare their intentions.
“So we have maintained the 1st of January 2022 as a date for the suspension of the exportation of logs from the community” Paul Tasong explained. He added that at the same time, they have approved a transitional period of one year within which the various governments will revise the internal rules and regulations and be able to meet with the constraints that come with the decision.