A Japanese delegation of forestry experts has been visiting African countries on a fact finding mission.
A Japanese delegation of forestry experts has been visiting African countries on a fact finding mission. On Friday (22 July) the delegation were in the Ivory Coast.
SYNOPSIS: One of the centres visited by the delegation was Grand Bassam-one of the oldest sawmills in Africa.
The Japanese delegation comprised 21 members of the Tropical Forestry Association of Japan, and was led by Professor Yogi Kikata, of Nagoya University. The Grand Bassam sawmill was started in 1900 by two African brothers and now produces some 3,587,970 square yards (3 million square metres) of processed timber each year.
While in Ivory Coast, the Japanese delegation also visited several Forestry projects in the country and had working sessions at the Ministry of Forestry. Japan with its limited natural resources relies heavily on imports of primary products for its vast manufacturing industries and timber is not the least of its need. After Ivory Coast, the delegation planned to visit Ghana, Nigeria, Cameroun and Gabon before returning to Japan.