Timber Legality Assurance System (TLAS) Outreach to Private Sector of Wood Processing Industries for Central Provinces of Lao PDR

Jul 14, 2023 | News


With financial support from ProFEB, the Lao National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LNCCI) held a one-day outreach workshop on TLAS for 38 participants of private sector wood processing industries on 07 July 2023 in Thalath, Vientiane province. Participating factories came from central provinces such as Vientiane Capital, Vientiane, Xaysomboun, Bolikhamsay, Khammouane Provinces.  The outreach of the TLAS enabled the wood processing industries to clearly understand the: (i) TLAS concept and requirements, (ii) identification and development of Lao TLAS and (iii) the TLAS operation. The TLAS is being developed based on the requirements of Art. 43 of the Forestry Law, making sure that all timber that is produced, transported, processed, sold domestically, and exported is legal. While it bases on the legal framework of Lao PDR new elements of compliance verification by a designated authority are introduced. The TLAS ensures more transparent supply chain control and facilitates legal compliance of the private sector.

During the training, the participants had opportunities to discuss and share their practical experiences on controlling and managing the legal timber sources before purchasing and dealing with timber input and output in primary and secondary processing to compare to the requirements of current Lao TLAS. After the outreach they are confident to apply the Lao TLAS to their wood business operation in the future. The Lao TLAS will help them to effectively manage and use timber in their business operation, ensure the timber legality in compliance with laws and regulations, promote sustainable forest management and contribute to socio-economic development in the country.