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The Forty-fourth Session of the International Tropical Timber Council (ITTC) and the Associated Sessions of the Four Committees

3-8 November 2008, in Yokohama, Japan


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Delegates confer in the hallway prior to the afternoon session of the Council.

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Highlights for Friday, 07 November 2008

On Friday, the forty-fourth session of the International Tropical Timber Council (ITTC) held its last full day of discussions in Yokohama, Japan. For most of the day, participants met in informal working groups to discuss the ITTO Action Plan and the drafting of decisions.

In the afternoon, the Committees on Finance and Administration, Economic Information and Market Intelligence; Forest Industry, and Reforestation and Forest Management met to conclude their deliberations. The Council met in the evening to discuss the promotion of trade in sustainably produced timber, the ITTO Fellowship Programme, the draft Annual Report for 2007 and dates and venue of the next Council session.

In the morning, delegates met in separate Producer and Consumer Group meetings.


On Friday afternoon the CRF met to review the CRF draft report and elected John Woods, Liberia, as CRF Vice-Chair for 2009. L-R: Floriano Pastore Jr., ITTO consultant; Hwan Ok Ma and Eduardo Mansur, ITTO Secretariat; Carlos Enrique Gonzales, Chair; John Leigh and Polycarpe Masupa-Kambale, ITTO Secretariat.

Hideaki Takai, CRF Vice-Chair John T. Woods, Liberia Nii Ashie Kotie, Ghana

Carlos Enrique Gonzales, CRF Chair Hwan Ok Ma and Eduardo Mansur, ITTO Secretariat; Hideaki Takai, Vice-Chair; Carlos Enrique Gonzales,CRF Chair; John Leigh, ITTO Secretariat.

L-R: Charas Mayura, ITTO Secretariat; Marcel Vernooij, the Netherlands; Elvis Ngolle Ngolle, Minister of Forests and Wildlife, Cameroon; Mahboob Hassan and Takeichi Ishikawa, ITTO Secretariat.

Charas Mayura, ITTO Secretariat Ursula Horn, Germany B.C.Y. Freezailah, Malaysia, encouraged an amicable resolution to the issue of the frequency and location of Council sessions.

On Friday, the CEM/CFI met to and adopt the draft report. They elected Siti Syaliza Mustapha, Malaysia, and Carla Boonstra, the Netherlands, as CEM Chair and Vice-Chair. James Singh, Guyana and Im Eun Ho, Republic of Korea, were elected CFI Chair and Vice-Chair, respectively. L-R: Ramon Carrillo Arellano and Tetra Yanuariadi, ITTO Secretariat; Jürgen Blaser, CFI Chair; Michele Mire, CEM Chair; Amha Bin Buang, Lauren Flejzor and Frances Maplesden, ITTO Secretariat.

Jürgen Blaser, CFI Chair Michele Mire, CEM Chair

Katharina Kuehmayer, ITTC-44 Chair and Emmanuel Ze Meka, ITTO Executive Director. Barney Chan, Coordinator, Trade Advisory Group




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