In a letter to NorWatch, director general at NORAD Tove Strand, writes that industrial resins for, amongst others, the plywood industry, was earlier imported to Indonesia. Hence, NORAD found that it would be better if Indonesia could be assisted in producing this locally. This would give good effects both in terms of employment and of reducing the need for importing goods.
'As long as it is possible to buy both wood cement and paper on the international market, we don't have any reason to believe that producing these items locally has in effect increased the total production of wooden boards/plywood and thereby increasing the logging of Sumatran forests', Strand writes.
In other words: NORAD is willing to support any kind of production, as long as it is not unique. This is, by the way, the blueprint for the standard answer to these questions when posed to the industry itself: If we don't deliver the gallows, then someone else will. And in that case, NORAD will not even be able to take a part in it at all...
Norwatch Newsletter 9/99