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TSPN: Standards, South-South Trade & Opportunities for Advancing the Sustainability Agenda

Nov. 30 - Dec. 1, 2011
Washington, DC., The World Bank, 701 18th Street, N.W., (J Building)

TSPN Annual Conference

In three interactive sessions you will have the opportunity to explore and discuss the following sub-topics:

    “Co-Regulation in the Timber Sector” with a focus on the main challenges for timber certification in developing countries. Central questions to be addressed through comparing examples include: “Is sustainability certification better handled by PVS or by regulation?” And, “Who benefits from certification?”
    “Consumer Demand or B2B – What determines Standardization in South-South Trade?”. The role of drivers and harmonization will be discussed in contrast to South-North Trade having in mind the increasing importance of certified products.
    “SME Traders and Importers in the South”. Challenges and opportunities of SMEs in regional markets of differentiated certified products will be discussed by panelists from developing country SMEs.