Review of the consultation with the private sector and civil society on certain provisions of the draft law on the Forest Code


As part of the implementation of the project entitled « Structured participation of the Congolese private sector in the preparation of VPA FLEGT regulatory texts and technical documents », ATIBT Congo conducted an analysis of the socio-economic, legal and fiscal impact of certain provisions of the draft law on the future of the forest sector. To this end, ATIBT Congo has initiated several actions, including: the drafting of a joint letter co-signed by ATIBT and the UNIBOIS and UNICONGO unions, after gathering and taking into account the reactions of forestry companies; three working meetings with Parliamentarians, the mobilization of a research firm to carry out the legal and fiscal impact study of the said draft law.  Some articles that have been the subject of consultation:

– Article 96 on the complete transformation of logs on Congolese territory;

– Articles 102-106 on the sharing of log production, and ;

– Article 111 on the residue tax. ll these actions have made it possible to highlight a very high probability that many companies will encounter great difficulties if the draft law on the forestry code is adopted without taking into account the concerns expressed by the companies

As an overview of advocacy/consultation activities, we can mention:

Addressed letters:

  • November 16, 2018 : To the Prime Minister SP concerns
  • February 13, 2019 : To the Prime Minister Concerns (IFO) law on the forest code and the finance law 2019
  • 27 February 2019: Minister of PLAN World Bank analytical note

Various meetings organized:

  • June 20, 2019 : ATIBT UNIBOIS UNICONGO CJJ with parliamentarians :
  • 26 July 2019: private sector (ATIBT, UNIBOIS, UNICONGO, Mokabi, IFO, Afriwood) and the Parliamentary Economic and Finance Committee.
  • 30 August 2019: the focal points of parliamentarians, civil society CJJJ and ATIBT
  • November/December 2019 :  ATIBT-CJJJ and the parliamentarians’ focal points

Launch of a study by the ATIBT:

  • 25 June 2019: signature of the contract between ATIBT and the GKM Design Office
  • November 19, 2019 : Production of project 2 of the study report
  • December 12, 2019 : Presentation of the results of the study to parliamentarians

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