Day 1

09:00 – 09:10                     Arrivals and Registration

09:10 – 09:15                     Welcoming Remarks (Mr. James Parker, BVRio)

09:15 – 09:45                     Welcome Address (CEO, Ghana Forestry Commission)

09:45 – 10:15                     Keynote Speaker (Dr. Gerhard Dieterle, International Tropical Timber Organization)

10:15 – 10:20                      Video presentation about BVRio

10:20 – 11:20                      Presentations      

Perspectives from Ghana, Liberia, Cameroon and Côte d’Ivoire

  • Ghana FLEGT licensing: Status, challenges and next steps (Mr. Chris Beeko, Timber Validation Department – Forestry Commission, Ghana)
  • FLEGT-VPA Process: Status, challenges and next steps in Liberia, Cameroon and Côte d’Ivoire
    • Liberia (Mr. Edward Kamara, Forestry Development Authority, Liberia)
    • Cameroon (Mr. Martin Mbongo, Ministry of Forestry and Wildlife, Cameroon)
    • Côte d’lvoire (Captain. Sylla Cheick Tidiane, Ministry of Waters and Forests)

11:20 – 11:40                     Coffee break

11:40 – 13:00                      Presentations

The Timber sector: The industry, species, products, volumes and destinations

  • Ghana (Dr. Ben Donkor, TIDD)
  • Cameroon ( Mrs. Blandine I’Or Ouoguia, Groupement Filière Bois du Cameroun)
  • Liberia (Mr. Ekema Witherspoon, Timber Association Representative)
  • FAO: The importance of legality for sustainable trade and industry – FAO perspective (Mr. Magnus Grylle, FAO)

13:00 – 14:00                     Lunch

14:00 – 15:00                       West African Timber Companies Speak

A selection of companies will talk about their product lines, quality assurance and sustainability certificates

16:00 – onwards                   Visit exhibition booths, networking


Day 2

09:00 – 09:15                    Welcome remarks, comments on the previous day and overview of Day 2’s program

09:15 – 10:00                    The Buyers’ perspective: EU and China

Buyers’ demands, including the requirements of the Chinese market, the European Union (EU TR), and contributing to the FLEGT Action Plan

  • EU (Mr. Robert Weich, Tradelink Wood Products Ltd)
  • China ( Ms. Shen Wei, Wood Importers Committee, China Timber and Wood Products Distribution Association)

10.00 – 10:30                      Presentation

Tools for promoting markets for legal and sustainable wood 

  • BVRio: A Responsible Timber Exchange for the procurement of legal and certified wood products (Dr. Pedro Moura Costa and Mr. James Parker, BVRio)

10:30 – 11:00                     Coffee break

11:00 – 13:00                     Launch of Ghana Wood Tracking System (GWTS) Public Portal

Civic Response in conjunction with Forestry Commission initiated the development of the Ghana Wood Tracking System (GWTS) Public Portal. The aim of the GWTS Public Portal is to make agreed information from the GWTS available to local forest stakeholders as well as the Competent Authorities in the European Union and the Timber Trade Organisations to enhance due diligence processes and demonstrate the transparency and credibility of the Ghana Legality Assurance Scheme


  • Civic Response
  • Axon Information System
  • Official launch by Deputy Minister for LNR

13:00 – 14:00                     Lunch

14:00 – 16:00                     Visit exhibition booths, B2B meetings, networking


Day 3:                                  Visit to local timber factory  

06:00 – 18:00                      A field trip to Logs and Lumber Limited, Kumasi