Côte d’Ivoire prepares for second round of VPA negotiations

Côte d'Ivoire has begun preparations for the second round of VPA negotiations with the EU with a technical session held in Abidjan on 19–21 February. 

Thirteen Ivorian members of the technical negotiation committee attended. They represented government, industry associations, civil society organisations and traditional chiefdoms.

During the technical session, participants developed an initial list of the timber and timber products that the VPA is to cover. They also discussed a process to decide whether the VPA would cover timber sold on the domestic market as well as timber intended for export. The group made additional progress in reviewing draft principles, criteria and indicators for the legality definition. 

The second VPA negotiation session is planned to take place in Brussels in May or June this year.