Guyana has collaborated with the Canadian Cooperation Fund (CCF) in the implementation of a project aimed to address the level of efficiency and quality of forest products in Guyana. With an increasing call for higher quality products in the international market, there has been added emphasis on raising the level of efficiency of processing in Guyana. Conversion efficiency for the subsector, a key area that requires improvement, is being specifically addressed under this project.
The project is being implemented in three phases with the initial assessment having been completed on 21 November 2008. The recommendations from the assessment report will inform the execution of the other phases of the project, which involve providing training to the sector on saw doctoring at the individual and regional levels. The project is set to be completed by May 2009 with enhanced saw doctoring skills developed by the sawmilling industry, higher recovery rates at sawmills, and a higher quality finished products being exported for export.