The Gabonese Minister in charge of Forests, Environment and Climate Plan visits CBG
On July 19, Lee White, Minister in charge of Forests, Environment and Climate Plan, went to Port-Gentil, the provincial capital of Ogooué Maritime to meet the main regional players in the wood industry. He was accompanied by the governor of the province of Ogooué Maritime, Patrice Ontina and officials of the Provincial Direction of Water and Forests.
As part of his working day in Port Gentil, the Minister honored the Compagnie de Bois du Gabon (CBG) with a full visit of its head office and facilities as well as the Compagnie des Placages des Bois du Gabon (CPBG). Received by Mr. Remy Fenart, CBG executives and collaborators, the Minister travelled through the company's timber yard, the processing plants, the sharpening rooms, the sawmill and the peeling plant.
The exchanges were numerous and productive, concerning the sustainable management according to the FSC scheme. The observers also pointed out that "CBG is one of the 3 FSC-certified companies in Gabon, since 2009. It is an example of sustainable management in Gabon".
Minister Lee White was able to inquire about the working conditions of the employees, the difficulties encountered, as well as the prospects of these wood factories operating in the economic capital.
In conclusion, the Minister encouraged the certified manufacturer: « the ministry for which I am responsible is certainly here to monitor the work done, but also to help these economic operators develop their industries, create more jobs and pay more taxes so that together we develop Gabon».