On December 28, 2017, the Center for Education and Development (CED) collaborated with the Vietnam Administration of Forestry to organize a workshop on “Experience sharing and project result summary” in Hanoi (Army Hotel, No. 1 Nguyen Tri Phuong). This event is part of the “Promoting private sector engagement with the Voluntary Partners Agreement implementation process in Vietnam” project, funded by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).
The workshop was held with 70 participants representing the Vietnam Administration of Forestry, the Forest Protection Department, VCCI Hanoi and Da Nang, wood processing and exporting enterprises from the Central and North, community groups including forest planters and small processing enterprises in the North, civil society organizations and NGOs working on VPA / FLEGT projects. The workshop focused on: updating the latest requirements and information about the VPAs; sharing the results of impact assessment on economic, social, environment, administrative and legal procedures from new commitment contents of the VPAs and recommendations from businesses, communities and government agencies; sharing the results of the regional forum organized earlier in Hue by CED and VCCI; sharing experiences and reviewing project results; and discussing the impact of the VPAs on the target groups, especially timber processing enterprises.
The workshop collected many comments on researching results and lessons based on experiences of the project from agencies, departments, enterprise associations, timber enterprises, households, and NGOs.