logoBC
Yaoundé - 26 February 2021 -
Environment

Cameroon: Report accuses Vietnamese wood operators of conducting “shocking schemes and illegal activities”

Cameroon: Report accuses Vietnamese wood operators of conducting “shocking schemes and illegal activities”
  • Comments   -   Wednesday, 11 November 2020 16:50

(Business in Cameroon) - In just a few years, Vietnam has become the second-largest market for Cameroonian timber (after China), while Cameroon has become the largest supplier of tropical logs to Vietnam (accounting for 25 percent of the logs imported between 2016 and 2019, in value). In Vietnam, Cameroonian logs have replaced the Southeast Asian species that previously filled the market.”

This statement is the introductory note of a 3-year investigation carried out by two NGOs. Titled TAINTED TIMBER, TARNISHED TEMPLES: How the Cameroon-Vietnam Timber Trade Hurts the Cameroonian People and Forests, the report was produced by Centre pour l'Environnement et le Développement (CED) and the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA).

It reveals that “the exploding Cameroon-Vietnam timber trade relies on shocking schemes and illegal activities.”  

Those violations and schemes include “Widespread Violation of Export Law,” “Illegal Harvest and Disregard for National Parks” and “Laundering Operations Covered by Paperwork.” Indeed, “ to meet the requirements of Vietnamese authorities, trading companies have focused their efforts on obtaining Cameroonian paperwork while disregarding the actual origin of the timber placed on the Vietnamese market, the authors commented.

For instance, they illustrate, “ a senior-level employee from Dai Loi Trading Co. Ltd. (Công ty TNHH Thương Mại Đại Lợi, “Dai Loi”), the largest Vietnamese company operating in Cameroon and one of the three largest timber importers in Vietnam, claimed that he does not care about the origin of the timber even if the timber he is placing on the Vietnamese market were to come from terrorist groups, as long as the proper paperwork is provided.

BRM

cameroon-towards-the-development-of-a-customs-ministry-of-transport-collaborative-platform-to-identify-uncleared-cars-already-in-use
Cameroonian customs authorities announce that they will soon introduce a feature to their IT platform Cosmos  to help identify cars being used without...
cameroonian-fintech-diool-raises-xaf1-8-bln-to-develop-digital-payment-services
The Cameroonian start-up Diool, which specializes in mobile payment methods aggregation, recently raised $3.5 million (XAF1.8 billion) to develop...
belgium-seeks-facilities-for-the-importation-of-solar-power-plants-to-cameroon
On February 16, during an audience at the Cameroonian Ministry of Finance, Stéphane Dopagne, ambassador of the kingdom of Belgium, asked for facilities...
public-contracts-minmap-denounces-unlawful-requests-for-mutual-agreements-and-direct-labour-procedures-authorizations
On February 15, 2021, the Ministry of Public Contracts (MINMAP) published a circular letter reminding project owners and delegated project owners...

Mags frontpage


Business in Cameroon n96:January 2021

Cameroon moves to the industrial phase


Mathurin Kamdem, a determined patriot


Investir au Cameroun n106 Janvier 2021

Le Cameroun passe à la phase industrielle


Mathurin Kamdem, un patriote déterminé

  1. Most read 7 days
  2. shared 1 month
  3. read 1 month
next
prev