First published by the Tropical Timber Market Report
Cameroon’s Minister of Forests and Wildlife, Jules Doret Ndongo, has revealed the existence of a network that trades in timbers cut illegally by falsifying administrative documents.
In a letter sent to forest authorities in the 10 regions of the country he said some operators use false documents to transport and trade illegally harvested timber with the participation of some officials.
In other news from Cameroon, a report from the Bank of Central African States says, despite its diverse economy, this year Cameroon’s export performance is set to be lower than most other countries in the CEMAC region. Cameroon is expected to be the fourth-largest oil producer in the region and the third leading timber producer with an expected production of 2.6 million cubic metres. This year the Bank forecasts Cameroon’s export revenues could rise by 18.2% but well below that of Chad (+35.7%), Equatorial Guinea (+34.9%), Gabon (+31.1%) and Congo (+18.4%).