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Committee reviews Cameroon’s progress in certification and anti-corruption

Cameroon'sprogress in implementing its VPA with the EU was reviewed by the Joint Implementation Committee during a meeting in July, attended by Minister of Forests and Wildlife Ngole Philip Ngwese and EU Ambassador to Cameroon Raul Mateus Paula.

The Ministry recently issued two legally binding decisions on the registration of private certification bodies and the accreditation of the corresponding standards and procedures. National NGO FODER has developed an action plan to support the Ministry's anti-corruption policies. The Ministry and FODER have jointly organised regional workshops for local forest administration staff on corruption and best practices to stop corrupt behaviour.

To advance the development of the country's timber legality assurance system, the Ministry has issued a call for expressions of interest for developing the information system software. The system, once operational, will handle all information requirements for FLEGT licences.

In the context of the JIC, the civil society stakeholders in the VPA have expressed concerns that conversion timber from large-scale oil palm plantations under development might not be legal according to the legality definition in the VPA.