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Vol 4 (AAC) No 11

Published 1st September 2011


Timber company cuts corners

Smuggling is one of the biggest open secrets in Gabon’s forestry sector. Ever since the government began trying to mandate more local value-added processing of logs, the raw timber trade has slowed while the local industry struggles to develop processing capacity. Now the Water and Forestry Ministry has caught China’s Société Chinoise de Développement des Bois du Gabon (SDBG) exporting illegal unprocessed logs, contravening a ban imposed by President Ali Ben Bongo Ondimba’s government in January 2010.

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