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High level forum on legal timber in Malaysia

A public Forum on Legal Timber was held in Kuala Lumpur on 17 November organised by the EU Delegation to Malaysia, the Ministry of Plantation Industries and Commodities of Malaysia and EFI's EU FLEGT Asia programme.

Minister Tan Sri Bernard Dompok, the Head of the EU Delegation to Malaysia, H.E. Vincent Piket and high level representatives of the Embassies of Australia, Japan, Norway and the United States made presentations on the situation and demand for legal timber in their respective countries, followed by a discussion. Government representatives, including a number of Ambassadors from EU and Asian countries, the industry and media attended the event.

In a press interview following the event, Minister Tan Sri Bernard Dompok, Ministry of Plantation Industries and Commodities of Malaysia stated that "the VPA should be concluded well before 2013".