CIB opens up to public-private partnerships

As relayed by the Agence d’information d’Afrique centrale, the Congolaise Industrielle des Bois (CIB), the main company specializing in logging in Congo, intends to bring new technology to develop its activities through a public-private partnership with the Congolese government.

As part of this opening, CIB Vice President Ashish Malik, along with Forest Economy Minister Rosalie Matondo, met with Prime Minister Anatole Collinet Makosso on August 2 to present the company's future vision. Despite the crisis caused by Covid-19, CIB is working for economic development in the timber sector.

The meeting with the head of government was an opportunity for the vice-president of CIB to give an overview of his structure and also to present the various projects it intends to carry out in the field of processing and industrial development. This within the framework of the new forestry law.

Considered as the hub of forestry activity in Congo, CIB based in Pokola, in the department of Sangha, has more than 1,000 permanent workers to date. This company is the beneficiary of 4 forest management units located in Pokola, Kabo, Loundoungou-Toukoulaka and Mimbeli Ibeng, all 100% FSC certified. Approximately 92,500 hectares are preserved as standing forests under REDD+.

CIB also owns 4 industrial production units (sawmills), 41 dryers, a moulding unit, a carpentry workshop and a workshop for manufacturing timber frame houses.