The FLEGT VPA process is led by the Minister of Agriculture and Forestry who serves as the Chairman of the National Steering Committee for the FLEGT process. The minister works with close support from the Vice Minister of Agriculture and Forestry (who is also the Chief Negotiator), the Vice Minister of Industry and Commerce and the Vice Minister of Natural Resources and Environment. The National Steering Committee has been set up based on Decision No. 65/PMO.
The National Steering Committee is made up of the Minister of Agriculture and Forestry (Chairman), the Vice Minister of Agriculture and Forestry (Chief Negotiator), the Vice Minister of Industry and Commerce, the Vice Minister of Natural Resources and Environment; the Director General of the Department of Forest Inspection (Member of the NSC and the Head of the Negotiation Team); and other Directors General and Deputy Directors General of related departments.
The National Support and Development Committee (NSDC) and the Technical Working Group (TWG) for support of FLEGT VPA negotiations have been established based on Decision 1915/MAF.
The FLEGT Standing Office which functions as a secretariat for the Lao FLEGT process is located in the Department of Forest Inspection (DOFI)/Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry. It is directly supervised by the Director General of DOFI who is the FLEGT Focal Point for Laos.