On November 22, 2017, the Center for Education and Development (CED) collaborated with the Dong Ky Furniture Association to organise a workshop on “International requirements for timber exportation – Opportunities and Challenges for Wood Villages” in Bac Ninh. This event is part of the “Promoting private sector engagement with the Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) implementation process in Vietnam” project, funded by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO-UN).
The one-day workshop was held with participants representing Dong Ky Furniture Association members and other timber businesses in Bac Ninh. The content of the workshop focused on providing international requirements for small and micro businesses for timber trade, assessing businesses’ readiness to engage VPA, and guiding business practices group exercises to better understand how to meet VPA requirements in the future.
The workshop applied practical methodologies, focused on discussion, exchanges and sharing among businesses and specialists, and facilitated learning among participants through group work and discussions. The group of trainers and speakers was diverse and provided a lot of useful updated information, new knowledge and skills for businesses.