Highlights for Monday, 5 November 2018
The fifty-fourth session of the International Tropical Timber Council (ITTC-54), and the Associated Sessions of the four Committees (Finance and Administration; Economics, Statistics and Markets; Forest Industry; and Reforestation and Forest Management) opened on Monday, 5 November 2018 in Yokohama, Japan.In the morning, following introductory remarks by ITTC Chair Zhang Zhongtian, opening statements were made by: Alain-Richard Donwahi, Minister of Water and Forests, Ivory Coast; Félix Ngoma, Ambassador of Republic of Congo to Japan; Benito Owusu-Bio, Deputy Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, Ghana; Katsunori Watanabe, Deputy Mayor, City of Yokohama, Japan; Koji Hongo, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Japan; Hiroto Mitsugi, Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO); and Gerhard Dieterle, Executive Director, ITTO.The Council formally welcomed Venezuela as the newest ITTO member, which brings the total membership to 36 Producing and 38 Consuming member countries.In the morning and afternoon, Council members heard progress reports from the ITTO Executive Director and the Informal Advisory Group (IAG), and began consideration of agenda items relating to financial matters, including the status of implementation of Council decisions relating to the impairment of ITTO funds and recommendations from the Ad hoc Working Group on Financing Infrastructure and Fundraising Strategies.The Committees for Finance and Administration (CFA), and Economics, Statistics and Markets and Forest Industry (CEM-CFI) also convened during the afternoon.In the evening delegates attended a reception hosted by the Government of Japan.
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Joint Session of the Committee on Economics, Statistics and Markets (CEM) and the Committee on Forest Industry (CFI)
Committee on Finance and Administration
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