South-South exchange between Ghana and Uganda seeks to promote timber traceability
A delegation of representatives from Uganda has arrived in Accra, Ghana, for a five-day exchange visit to inform Uganda's development of a timber traceability system. The delegation, composed of representatives from Uganda forestry authorities and line ministries, as well as representatives from the Uganda Timber Growers Association (UTGA), will meet with government stakeholders from the Ghana Forestry Commission (GFC) and Ghanaian private sector, including Forest Industries Association of Ghana (FIAG), the Private Afforestation Development Organization (PADO) and Kumasi Wood Cluster (KWC).
The Ugandan government and the UTGA have been working closely since 2019 to explore technical options for the development of a national timber traceability system. This visit will inform the Ugandan stakeholders about the difficulties, opportunities, and technicalities of such an endeavour, drawing on the successful example of the Ghana Wood Tracking System (GWTS), which allows Ghanaian authorities to control timber flows from source to the market.