Business Mission for Wood Products Bolivia 2009 concluded successfully
WWF Bolivia and its Bolivia Global Forest and Trade Network (GFTN) organized, for the third consecutive year, the Business Mission for Wood Products targeting companies that integrate the WWF’s GFTN and who are interested in establishing trade relations with companies that participate in the Bolivia GFTN –certified Bolivian producers or those in process of certification.
Bolivia GFTN 22 companies represent 6.5% of GFTN’s member companies worldwide, and their FSC certified wood offer comes from 67% of Bolivia’s certified forests –being Bolivia the worldwide leader in tropical FSC certified forests with over 2 million hectares. Also, around 50% of Bolivia FTN’s wood comes from Amazon forests.
The Business Mission took place from March 23rd to 27th within the 2009 ExpoForest – International Fair for the Forest, Wood and Technology, held in Santa Cruz de la Sierra from March 25th to 28th, 2009 (www.fexpocruz.com.bo/expoforest/default.htm).
The purpose of the Business Mission was to showcase Bolivia’s wood supply presented by 17 business men representing private companies and communities to the 22 visiting business men and women, facilitating market links between supply and demand for certified wood or in process of certification, ensuring in this way the conservation of Bolivia’s forests. The Bolivia GFTN has offered technical visits during the week to 7 companies in La Paz and Cochabamba: Dekma, Maderera Boliviana Santa Isabel, Wood House Rinfa, Promad, Tropical Andes, Jolyka and Ecolegno.
During the first FTN Bolivia Business Mission, a dozen participants from Europe and Asia participated, having generated business in the amount of 700,000 USD; in 2008, a delegation of 32 business men and women from Latin America, Europe and Africa came to participate, recording sales in the amount of 6 million USD.
This year, 22 foreign business men and women formed part of the Bolivia GFTN Business Mission and 38 foreign and national company representatives (10 of them from community enterprises) participated in the Business Roundtable scheduled from March 26th to 27th organized by the Bolivian Forestry Chamber as part of the ExpoForest. Business intentions this year increased to 12 million USD. As a reference, business intentions during the ExpoForest Business Roundtable this year were 32 million USD. This happens despite the worldwide economic crisis, and reconfirms the potential and importance of this industry.
This event was possible thanks to the generous support from WWF UK / DfID, WWF US / European Union and WWF Sweden / Sida.
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