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As a result of a 5-year capacity building program based on an innovative ‘Build-Operate-Transfer' (B.O.T.) process, his Excellency Mr. Henri Djombo, Minister of Forest Economy of the Republic of Congo, received from the hands of Mr. Alain Verney, Managing Director of SGS Congo, the symbolic key of the new national Forest Product Export Control Service (SCPFE) during an official and well-attended “transfer” ceremony. The SCPFE Internal Journal (PDF 1.2 MB) relates (in French) the details of the event which took place on 26 August 2008 in Pointe Noire (Congo).

Minister Djombo said it was a great day to receive from SGS the SCPFE, an organization that ensures a transparent foreign commerce for all timber products from Congo, and an example which other countries of the Congo Basin should follow. As also stressed out by the Director of the Service, Mr. Frederic Massalo, Minister Djombo said that further components of the Service, fauna and traceability, remain to be developed and implemented in a similar way to prevent the illegal trade in fauna products and control the legality of timber exports from Congo. SGS will also provide continued support to the SCPFE in order to accompany the Service towards the independent certification of its Quality Management System to ISO standards.

Established in 1878, with Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, SGS is the world’s largest inspection, verification and testing company. With branches in 140 countries and more than 53,000 staff, SGS provides services to the agriculture, automotive, consumer product, environmental, industrial, life science, mining, oil & gas, and quality assurance sectors, as well as to governments and institutions. SGS has no trading or manufacturing interests and its services are based on impartiality, independence and integrity.

Contact:

Antoine de La Rochefordière
SGS Forestry Monitoring Program

SGS Société Générale de Surveillance SA
1, place des Alpes
CH 1211 Geneva 1
t: +41 22 739 9502
f: +41 22 739 9839
Website: www.sgs.com

About SGS

The SGS Group is the global leader and innovator in inspection, verification, testing and certification services. Founded in 1878, SGS is recognized as the global benchmark in quality and integrity. With more than 53,000 employees, SGS operates a network of over 1,000 offices and laboratories around the world. SGS is the world’s leading independent body in Forestry Chain-of-Custody certification.