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Suriname: State loses US $ 130 million in timber exports

On an annual basis, the state loses US $ 130 million in revenue because of incorrect registration of export wood. This is evident from annual reports of the Foundation for Forest Management and Forest Supervision (SBB), says president Chan Santokhi. It has been found that there is a large discrepancy in what is registered in Suriname as exports and what is received abroad as imports.

The difference of US $ 130 million on an annual basis goes somewhere, according to the government leader. “We have to investigate where and with whom,” said the president, who talks about a chain or a cartel. He emphasized that, just like the government, parastatal companies must also have austerity, prudent policy, transparency, public registration and the prevention of waste.

A new structure and new organization chart are also required from the SBB. The political top has instructed the SBB to come up with a total reorganization plan within a month. “Reorganization in terms of policy, organizational structure, staffing, professionalism, efficiency, effectiveness and integrity,” stated President Santokhi. Yesterday, the head of government had an instruction meeting with the management and Supervisory Board (SB) of the Foundation for Forest Management and Forest Supervision (SBB). Minister Diana Pokie of Land Policy and Forest Management (GBB) was also involved in this interview.

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