OECD representatives get introduced to plans for consolidating state forest sector governance2017-01-18
Today, Minister of Environment Kęstutis Navickas has met with experts of a mission of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) devoted to the discussion on the implementation of the guidelines for state-owned enterprises. At the meeting, the Minister of Environment introduced the experts to the planned project on the consolidation of the state forest sector into one state forest governance enterprise.
The main phases of the envisioned reform include the merger of 42 state forest enterprises and the state-owned enterprise State Forestry Institute into one state forest governance enterprise, the establishment of an independent board in this enterprise and the winding up of the Directorate General of State Forests under the Ministry of Environment.
The Minister of Environment has informed the OECD experts that last week saw the publication of a vision for the state forest sector reform and the launch of consultations with the enterprises and institutions subject to reform, representatives of the trade unions, other social partners and the public. The meeting also touched upon the timeframe for the implementation of the consolidation project and the related work plan. The implementation of the state forest sector reform will ensure the transparency of the state forest sector governance, as well as the sector’s long-term economic stability and vitality.
On 18–19 January, Lithuania is hosting an OECD mission. The purpose of the mission is to acquaint itself in detail with the progress of Lithuania in implementing the OECD guidelines related to the improvement of governance of state-owned enterprises. In its pursuit for OECD membership, Lithuania has undertaken to optimise the activities and governance of state-owned forest enterprises by the end of Q1 2018.