The Timber Rights Evaluation Committee (TREC) has responsibility in the Timber Management Regulations to validate the bids and the companies involved. It meets when there are applications to be considered and the result of the process is usually published in the national dailies.
However, the TREC is not independent. The Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources and the Forestry Commission largely control it. Even though the role of the TREC is stated in law, it is not followed in practice, for instance Timber Utilisation Contracts are granted by parliament without the due processes being followed. Therefore the shortcuts introduced in the process contribute to fuelling corruption.
|Title||Timber Resources Management Act (Act 547)
Timber Resources Management Act 617 (Amendment)