A FLEGT Interim Task Force (ITF) has been set up and is currently transitioning towards a multi-stakeholder group (MSG). The 24-member ITF has eight representatives from each of the three main stakeholder groups: CSOs, the private sector and the Government. The MSG will have nine representatives from each stakeholder group. There will a national MSG and MSGs at state and regional levels.
Work has started to develop the Timber Legality Assurance System (TLAS), which will assure the legality of timber exports from Myanmar. The first legality definition workshop took place in December 2017 and the existing chain of custody for timber in Myanmar is being mapped out, which are all important steps towards the development of the TLAS. As part of the preparation phase, the ITF (future MSG) is also discussing institutional reform needs and synergies with the peace process.
Myanmar is one of the four Mekong countries where the EU FLEGT Facility is assessing the situation of small and micro enterprises in the context of FLEGT Voluntary Partnership Agreements.