UK suspends support for VPA with Myanmar

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Analysts in Myanmar report that the UK Department for International Development (DFID) has signalled its intention to suspend support for activities related to preparations for the VPA with the EU.

DFID has said it intends to reshape its programme in Myanamr to focus on inclusion, social cohesion and equality.

This announcement came just as there was to be a transition from the Interim Task Force (ITF) to a Multi Stakeholders Group (MSG) which would lead to the negotiation phase of VPA Process in Myanmar.

Analysts write that this decision is a heavy blow to industry as it struggles to establish its national timber legality verification framework.

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