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Forestry agreement inked as Laos, China pursue sustainable resource development

Bilateral cooperation for sustainable and forestry industry development is set to expand following the signing of an agreement between the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry of Laos and State Forestry Administration of China.

 

Cooperation is set to cover seven main areas such as afforestation, forest conservation and sustainable forest management, community forestry or rural forestry management, wildlife conservation and CITES implementation, forest law enforcement and forest governance, forestry industry development and trade of wood products as well as wood processing equipment.

The memorandum of understanding was signed in Vientiane on Wednesday by the Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Forestry, Mr Thongphath Vongmany and China's Deputy Minister of State Forestry Administration, Mr Peng Youdong.

The ceremony was attended by Minister of Agriculture and Forestry, Dr Lien Thikeo along with officials of both sides and relevant sectors.

The cooperation agreement also covers forest land tenure and property rights on rural forest lands and development to promote poverty alleviation among forest dependent communities, according to Lao Forestry Department Director General Mr Sousath Xayakoummane.

A part from these, there also other potential for progress related to capacity development including in human resources.

In order to achieve the objectives set forth in the MoU, two parties are set to develop and enhance forestry cooperation on exchange of information, materials, relevant documents and research outputs and exchange of visits of delegations, experts and trainees.

The two sides will also focus on organised workshops, training courses, seminars, forums and other activities, so as to promote communication of information and experience and other cooperation modalities as mutually agreed.

Within the scope defined in the MoU, the two parties can determine relevant cooperation plans for specific topics of mutual interest.

Under implementation of cooperation, two parties agreed to establish a joint working group which meets reciprocally in either country on a biennial basis in order to develop and update related action plans, follow up relevant activities and supervise the implementation of the MoU.

In addition, the two parties shall designate liaison agencies on their behalf to be in charge of coordination.

The Lao Department of Forestry will act on behalf of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry in Laos in conjunction with counterparts of the Department of International Cooperation under the State Forestry Administration of China.

According to the statement, the bilateral cooperation between the two governments particularly Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry and State Forestry Administration is expected to further strengthen relations and opportunities for trade and investment promotion between the two countries.

 

 

 

By Times Reporters
(Latest Update March 24, 2017)


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