National negotiating structures in Cameroon
The steering committee's role was develop negotiating positions and draft VPA annexes, in consultation with stakeholders. The committee's members included:
Government: Representatives of the Ministry of Forests, the Presidency; Prime Minister's Office; Ministry of Trade; Ministry of External Relations; Ministry of Justice; Ministry of Economy, Planning and Management of the Territory; Ministry of Finance (Customs and Taxation Department)
Private sector: Representatives of the Cameroon Wood Supply Group; National Association of Young Timber Loggers and Wood Processors; Professional Syndicate of Industrial Processors and Exporters of Special Forests Products; General Surveillance Society
Civil society: One seat for the EC Forest Platform Cameroon, and one seat open to a civil society representative with experience of the topic under discussion
Parliament: Two parliamentarians joined in 2008, the year after negotiations began
The negotiation committee's role was to negotiate a VPA with the EU. It had the same membership as the steering committee but with the addition of the Minister of Forests.
Stakeholder structures included four private sector groups and a civil society platform.
Related sections of VPA Unpacked
Negotiation phase of a VPA process