Experts began meeting yesterday in line with the 10th ordinary session of the Council of Ministers of the Central African Forests Commission (COMIFAC) scheduled to end this Thursday, July 11, to discuss better management strategies for the Congo Basin.
Attending the meeting are; COMIFAC national coordinators, public administrators, COMIFAC executive secretariat officials, sub regional representatives of forest-related institutions, sub-regional chiefs of programmes and projects, development partners and civil society activists.
The Prime Minister, Joseph Dion Ngute a is expected to chair deliberations this Thursday, for Ministers in charge of forests and those of Environment, within COMIFAC Commission who will be examining proposals, from yesterday’s meeting and draw recommendations for a better ecosystem within the Central African region.
The Executive Secretary of COMIFAC, Raymond Ndomba Ngoye said their objective is geared at encouraging member countries to sustainably protect their biodiversity.
“We come up with directives and strategies which we put at the disposal of member countries. These countries, depending on their specificities, will then turn to implement the proposals,” he noted.
He applauded Cameroon’s contributions despite the financial instability suffered by most Central African countries, in the implementation phase.
It is expected that at the end of the session, a reduced value added tax on legally exploited timber for the internal market. They are also expected to approve the 2019-2020 plan of action and budget, amongst others.
COMIFAC’s role in the Central African region, is to protect the Congo Basin ecosystems as an integral component of the development process and reaffirms the signatories’ commitment to work together to promote the sustainable use of the Congo Basin forest ecosystems.