ຍິນດີຕ້ອນຮັບເຂົ້າສູ່ເວັບໄຊທທາງການຂອງລາວ FLEGT

Lao EU-FLEGT (Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade) Process

National Steering Committee

The National Steering Committee is a special unit recently established by the Government of Lao PDR, with a mandate to coordinate, plan, and direct the Negotiation Team and the Technical Working Group in order to ensure a fruitful Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) negotiation process.

The National Steering Committee consists of the Minister of Agriculture and Forestry (Chairman); 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 Steering Committee has been set up based on Decision No. 65/PMO and meets on a six month or yearly basis.

The mandates for the National Steering Committee are:

  1. Suggest a proposal to the Vice Prime Minister who is responsible for economics and traffic to consider strategy, long-term plan, and annual plan on the preparation of FLEGT VPA negotiation and lead a fruitful implementation.
  2. Study and implement appropriate measures to take the lead in the preparation process of FLEGT VPA.
  3. Establish a negotiation team, design methods, format and the implementation for VPA negotiation round between the Lao PDR and EU.
  4. Consider agreements and steer the organizational structure, human resource placement for the implementation of FLEGT in an appropriate and effective manner particularly a negotiation team, National Support and Development Committee (NSDC), Technical Working Group and FLEGT Standing Office.
  5. Agree on the implementation of FLEGT between the Lao PDR and EU including the annual work plan and activities in the pilot provinces.
  6. Supervise, monitor and inspect the implementation of FLEGT between the Lao PDR and EU including the annual work plan and activities.
  7. Introduce Timber Legality Assurance System (TLAS) and Timber Legality Definition (TLD).
  8. Consider and endorse a preliminary draft of VPA as well as its annexes and propose to relevant ministries for further consideration and seek for the government’s approval.
  9. Disseminate the progress and results of the negotiation rounds to relevant agencies to elaborate them in each period of time.
  10. Summarise and submit the report of its activities to the government frequently.