Guyana/Malaysia to collaborate on timber production

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[www.inewsguyana.com] – Guyana and Malaysia have committed to working together in the area of forestry, following a meeting between the two countries recently.

A delegation from Guyana recently participated in a bilateral meeting which was led by Minister of Natural Resources and the Environment of Robert Persaud, Forestry Specialist Gavin Agard, and Deputy Commissioner of the Guyana Forestry Commission (GFC), Tasreef Khan.

 Minister of Natural Resources and the Environment Robert Persaud  in discussion with officials of the  Government of Malaysia and Senior Executives of Samling Global Limited
Minister of Natural Resources and the Environment Robert Persaud in discussion with officials of the Government of Malaysia and Senior Executives of Samling Global Limited

To ensure that growth follows the correct trajectory, the Guyanese delegation participated in bilateral meetings with representatives from the Government of Malaysia and Senior Executives from Samling Global Limited which is the parent company of Barama Company Limited.

Bilateral discussions were centered on cooperation between the Governments of Malaysia and Guyana on several broad thematic areas related to Sustainable Forest Management and avenues for collaboration and capacity building such as monitoring deforestation particularly, within the mining sector.

Extensive discussions with the Malaysian Timber Certification Council (MTCC) and the Malaysian Timber Council (MTC) related to the implementation of the European Union Forest Law Enforcement Governance and Trade (EUFLEGT) have proven fruitful since Malaysian counterparts have gained extensive experience over the past decade since commencing formal negotiation.

The Guyana delegation also witnessed several commercial forest activities such as a large scale oil palm plantation and a state-of-the-art plywood factory, which will be further examined for technology and knowledge transfer for improved value added processing within Guyana’s forestry sector.

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