Myanmar drafts timber export ban

Bangkok: Yesterday saw Myanmar's government stop timber exports as it looks to establish a domestic wood-processing industry.

Myanmar is one of the last nations in the world to still allow unprocessed logs to be exported, depriving itself of a chance to build up a wood-processing industry that can add value to its vast natural resources, the Irrawaddy, a Burmese news outlet, reported. However, from yesterday, the government will ban the export of raw timber, and only sawn wood will be allowed to be exported.  [01/04/14]

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