Selected Project Experience
Main Focus: Legal Timber Trade-Indonesia
Name: Getting ready for the VPA: awareness and business dialogue on legal timber trade.
Global objective : Building on current policy changes as well as private sector and civil society initiatives, this assignment will contribute to EU - Indonesia efforts to promote trade in legal timber.
Specific objective: The Consultant would support the preparatory phase towards the VPA implementation by ensuring that key timber industry stakeholders in Indonesia are adequately informed of requirements and opportunities related to the VPA and related timber trade policies.
The Consultant delivered the following services in a flexible way across 2012, ahead of the implementation of the VPA which is scheduled to start in 2013, in parallel with the entry into force of the new EU Timber Regulation. While some activities related to business dialogue are already specified below, other activities were further defined during the assignment in order to take into account initial findings and recommendations from the Consultant, priorities set by the VPA Joint Preparatory Committee, progress towards the VPA implementation, and opportunities that would arise for engagement with the business community.
1. Timber industry stakeholders' mapping
· While general information was already available from several studies on Indonesia's timber industry stance and preparedness regarding FLEGT related policies and the implementation of Indonesia's new timber legality verification system (SVLK), there was a need to better identify strategic industry players in order to better prioritise and design awareness raising activities. This mapping exercise should in particular provide information on the main timber industry associations and on key producers and operators trading with the EU -for each relevant timber product category- including the ports from which they export. This information would be used for the preparation and implementation of the other services listed below. The Consultant would conduct a desk review and interview key industry representatives and organizations (including the above stakeholders such as chambers of commerce) and analysts in order to obtain the necessary information for this mapping exercise.
2. Business dialogue promotion
· The Consultant would support the organization of a business dialogue conference on timber trade scheduled on 21 March 2012 in Jakarta to promote awareness on relevant timber policies, facilitate networking and help identify business opportunities. This event would be host by Indonesia's Chamber of Commerce, KADIN, and would involve approximately 100 timber industry representatives from Indonesia and main trading partners, in particular from the EU. It would be organized back to back with the High Level Market Dialogue hosted by PT Mutu Hijau and Indonesia's Exporters Association (GPEI) on 20 March 2012. The details of the event would be further developed by KADIN, in coordination with the EU Delegation. The Consultant would be responsible for providing technical advice to KADIN and the EU Delegation, for the logistics (including meeting room rental) and for the financing of the event, for which a budget would be foreseen in the offer.
· In preparation to the conference, the Consultant would produce briefings and/or position papers presenting information on preparedness / position / opportunities of key timber industry groups, to be presented / discussed at the conference and possibly other relevant forums in Indonesia, in the region or in Europe in 2012.
· Building on the outcomes of the conference and the initial results of this assignment, the Consultant wiould provide technical support for the preparation of the EU-Indonesia Business Dialogue (EIBD), where timber products should be covered, and which is expected to be organised in May or June 2012. The Consultant will participate to the EIBD.
· The Consultant would support networking activities between EU and Indonesian timber traders. This may be done in the context of the 21 March conference by providing a room for bilateral meetings between business players to look at regulatory requirements and business opportunities and/or to discuss strategic co-operation in their sectors of activities. Networking may also be supported in the context of other events or through other activities such as road shows. Attention should be given not only to main business players and industry associations based in Jakarta, but also to actors located in key timber producing provinces in Indonesia, where some of the activities may be implemented. Of course, this work wiould also require engagement with European counterparts, such as the European Timber trade Federation.
· A test run to ship FLEGT licensed timber to the EU would be organized during the second quarter of 2012 as part of the VPA preparatory process. The Consultant would provide analytical support as needed to this test, which details were detailed.
· The Consultant would produce communication materials on relevant timber market changes and regulations and disseminate these materials through appropriate means.
· Based on previous assessments and the assignment findings, the Consultant would provide recommendations for future business dialogue and timber industry related actions which could be used by the EU, the Government of Indonesia and stakeholders involved in the VPA process.
· The Consultant would develop close contacts with KADIN, timber industry associations, chambers of commerce and other relevant business stakeholders in Indonesia. Dialogue would also be maintained with government agencies, entities and projects involved in complementary awareness promotion / communication activities on timber related policies. This included in particular the UK funded Multi-Stakeholders Forestry Program, which was the main instrument supporting the preparation of the VPA implementation in Indonesia, and the EU Asia FLEGT Facility.