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FSSP annual plenary meeting for 2014
21/01/2014 09:49

Photo by FSSP CO
   Hanoi – On 21 January 2014, the annual plenary meeting of the Forest Sector Support Partnership (FSSP) was chaired by Dr. Ha Cong Tuan, Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development and co-chaired by Dr. Juergen Hess, Director of the Natural Resources Management Programme of the German Development Cooperation in Viet Nam.

The FSSP annual meetings aim at information sharing, policy dialogue and reviewing overall sector progress and development in the previous year, as well as discussing plans, orientation and solutions for the future.

The meeting included the participation of more than 100 representatives of the Government of Viet Nam, the international donor community, Viet Nam and international non-governmental organizations, private sector, FDI enterprises, domestic community society organisations and research and training institutes.

The meeting this year aims at 2 main objectives: (1) Share information on results of sectoral performance in 2013 and development orientation in 2014; (2) Discuss the roles of FSSP partners contributing to implementation of forestry sector priorities including National Action Plan on REDD+, Voluntary Partnership Agreements (VPA/ FLEGT) and Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP)

 

The first part of the meeting is an overview of Viet Nam’s forest sector performance in 2013 and major orientation in 2014. Next is the presentation on forest sector reform proposal in the period of 2003 – 2020 which provided all the participants information related to forest sector priorities and action plan in the near future. After that, presentation on challenges and solutions of major renovations of Forestry Enterprises and State Forestry Enterprises in Viet Nam was also given.

 

In his speech, Dr. Ha Cong Tuan emphasized “Facing with both international and national challenges in 2013, the forest sector strictly direct provinces to proactively implement co-solutions in order to stabilize production and improve business development. The directions have achieved significant results. For example, the forestry production were quite stable with 6.04% higher than that in 2012; The total export turnover of timber products in 2013 estimated to be5.5 billion USD, increasing by 25.1% against the target and 15.24% against the same period of 2012. Forest protection and management has also achieved numerous of positive improvement in all areas: forest protection, forest fire prevention; trading, transporting and processing timber products; managing wildlife; conversion of forest use purposes. Number of violations and areas of damaged forests decreased against 2012. Such achievements have remarkably contributed to the common growth of the agriculture and rural development sector, poverty reduction, improved livelihood of rural villages, particularly those living on forest occupations.

International partners, enterprises and civil society organizations highly appreciated forestry achievements in 2013. The year 2013 has also attracted significant political attention of the government via close guidance and orientation on forest companies’ renovation, management of natural forest harvesting, national forest inventory and assessment, VPA negotiation, REDD+ implementation, etc. Such great efforts have enabled Vietnam to not only obtain remarkable results but also better position itself in the global map, international platforms and markets particularly under the current context of the TPP (Transboudary Pacific Partnership) negotiation”, said Dr. Hess, the Co-chair of the FSSP.

Forestry leaders also highly appreciate the support and the companionship of FSSP’s donors, private sector and Vietnam NGOs for the forestry development during the past 10 years. However, in order to successfully implement the sectoral reform, FSSP need appropriate management and operation adjustments. Dr. Hess further emphasized the role of FSSP: “Being an open forum, the FSSP has effectively motivated active engagement of a wide range of partners, facilitated partners’ alliances including government agencies, international donors, International & national NGOs, private sectors and civil social organizations at national, regional and local level. We all find such an aids platform so meaningful and essential. The International Partners, therefore, are looking forward to the results of the sector re-structuring, of which FSSP is included."

After the meeting, all participants reached a consensus on the follow-up activities.

The meeting was funded by JICA and SRD.

Please kindly see the attached files for the meeting's presentation and reports

Sector_reform_proposal_and_ODA_orientation

Sector_Development_Report_2014

FSSP CO.

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