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Competitive Bidding for Plantation Timber, November 2003, Process and Report
Competitive Bidding for Plantation Timber, November 2003, Process and Report

For the first time, allocation of the timber resource has been done in the full glare of the public, the industry, members of Parliament (Parliamentary Select Committee on Lands and Forestry) and the press.  For the first time also, both winners and losers are congratulating the Forestry Commission for transparently and professionally allocating the resource.  The rather familiar accusation of collusion, nepotism and favouritism that has normally attended the allocation of the resource is pleasantly missing.

In all, one hundred and forty-one (141) firms were pre-qualified with seventy-five (75) of them eventually vying for the twenty-eight (28) lots (contract areas) which were put on offer for the bidding.  Twenty-four (24) lots were finally contested for and have been duly encumbered for allocation.

The journey to this new system of allocating of the resource began with the adoption of the 1994 Forest and Wildlife policy which replaced the pre-independence policy of 1948. After a series of legislations (Act(s) 547, 617 and LI 1649) the procedural guidance was formally given for the implementation of the new allocation system with the enactment of LI 1721 - Timber Resources Management Amendment Regulations, 2003.  Competitive bidding has thus replaced the old discretionary and administrative system of allocation.


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