The Voluntary partnership agreement between the European Union and Vietnam on Forest law enforcement, governance and trade (VPA/FLEGT) took effect since June 1, 2019. The core commitments of the Agreement is "to ensure that all timber products are legally produced". which means all timber products in Vietnam, whether for exporting or domestic consumption, must be legally produced.
Under this Agreement, the Vietnamese Government, as a large customer, has responsibilities to ensure the legality of timber products in the projects using State's capital. This is a big challenge because there is no solid, sufficient basis to determine whether the timber products in Vietnamese government procurement is legal.
With the purpose of initially clarifying the current status of the timber control mechanism in the bidding process as well as the practices of procuring timber products by state-funded units, thereby suggesting solutions for the Vietnamese government, Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI), in cooperation with VIFORES, FPA, HAWA and Forest Trends, organize:
THE LEGALITY OF TIMBER PRODUCTS IN GOVERNMENT PROCUREMENT IN VIETNAM
LAW, PRACTICES AND CHALLENGES IN IMPLEMENTING VPA/FLEGT
Time: 8h00 - 11h30, Thursday, June 20, 2019
Venue: 1st Hall - 7th Floor - VCCI Tower, 9 Dao Duy Anh Street, Dong Da, Hanoi
Language: Vietnamese (no translation)
The conference includes the announcement of the review results on the law and practices of procuring timber products, the introduction of relevant international experiences. The Round tables section discusses the mechanism to ensure the legality of timber products in government procurement from the practical perspective of management agencies, experts and businesses.
The relevant documents are attached below:
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- Covid-19 could bankrupt 50 pct of Vietnamese enterprises: VCCI
- Wood processing firms hit hard by COVID-19 crisis
- The WTO warns that the coronavirus pandemic could create another Great Depression
- PM approves decree on postponement of tax and land use fee payments