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CREDIT OPPORTUNITIES IN FOREST PLANTATION

OBJECTIVES Malaysia. To achieve this aim, a Special Purpose Vehicle, The terms and conditions of the soft loan are as follows:-
 To further encourage commercial forest known as the Forest Plantation Development Sdn. Bhd.
plantations. (FPDSB) was set up on the 13 February 2006 by the i) Interest rate of 3.0% (compounded annually for
 To sustain material supply for the timber Malaysian Timber Industry Board (MTIB). The main 15 years (grace period) and will be
industry. functions of the company are as follows: compounded daily for 5 years after the grace
 To increase investment in timber  • To promote the establishment of forest plantations for period)
industry. future timber supply. ii) Loan period: 20 years;
iii) Grace period of 15 years (with yearly
BACKGROUND  •To create a proper trading centre for timbers compounded interest rate);
• The export earnings from timber and wood- produced by man-made forests. iv) Repayment period of 5 years beginning in year
based products increased to RM22.79 billion 16 (with daily compounded interest rate).
in 2008 from RM22.76 billion in 2007 due to  •To update MPIC on issues pertaining to land,
higher demand for timber and favourable investment opportunities, policies and guidelines and The quantum of loan given to a successful applicant is
economic climates. to initiate new investment programmes. RM6,000 per hectare for Rubberwood and RM4,000 per
hectare for other selected species.
• In the Third Industrial Master Plan (IMP3), ALLOCATION AND FINANCING
the exports of the timber industry is targeted • The government has allocated RM1.045 billion to be CRITERIA FOR ELIGIBILITY
to grow at an annual rate of 6.4% to reach given out as soft loan to eligible companies applying  •Malaysian public listed company with a
RM53 billion by 2020. to participate in the forest plantation programme. minimum of 51% local equity and registered
under the Companies Act 1965;
• The average annual production of logs from • For the first phase commencing 2006-2008, RM180  • For non-public listed company the equity
forests plantations in Malaysia is estimated at million has been disbursed to MTIB with a repayment should be 100% Malaysian owned registered
31.8 million m3 for the period 2006-2020. period stretching to 20 years. under the Companies Act 1965;
 • The company should have a minimum paid-
• Commercial forest plantations will maintain • For the second phase commencing year 2009-2011, the up capital of at least RM500,000.00
a sustainable supply of timber and at the remaining sum of RM865 million will be further
same time the natural forests can be reserved expended. • Peninsular Malaysia: Forest plantation to be
for non-timber benefits such as water developed must be on stateland or alienated
catchments areas, ecotourism and recreation, • FPDSB has been tasked to oversee and monitor the land with prior approval from the State Forestry
biodiversity and germplasm conservation. forest plantation programme. Department and should not be on Permanent
Reserved Forests (PRFs) that are gazetted for
SPECIAL PURPOSE VEHICLE •Total land area of 375,000 hectares have been earmarked conservation and as water catchment areas;
In March 2005, The Ministry of Plantation for the programme with an annual planting target of
Industries and Commodities (MPIC) was given 25,000 hectares for the next 15 years. • Sabah: Only areas that are approved as zones for
an important task by the Cabinet to establish a Industrial Tree Plantation (ITP) under the
large scale commercial forest plantations in Sustainable Forest Management Licence Agreement
(SFMLA); and
…cont. THE PROCEDURES FOR LOAN APPLICATION

• Sarawak: Only areas with a Licence for Applicants are required to submit the following or Malaysian Timber Industry Board (MTIB)
Planted Forest (LPF). documents: Level 10, Menara PGRM 2, No. 8,
(1) Application Letter; Jalan Pudu Ulu, Cheras, P.O. Box 10887,
• The land is either own land ownership (2) Company Profile; 50728 KUALA LUMPUR.
with a permanent title or a minimum of 30 (3) Working Paper of the Proposed Project; Tel : 03-9282 2235
year leasehold (supported in writing from (4) Copies of Form 9, 24 and 49 under the Company Act Fax: 03-9285 1477
the State Authority); (to be verified); E-mail : info@mtib.gov.my
(5) A copy of Memorandum and Articles of Association
•The land has been approved for the forest (to be verified); For more information please contact:-
plantation by the relevant State Authority (6) A copy of Land Title [Ownership] (to be verified) or i) Ministry of Plantation Industries and Commodities
such as Forestry Department and Leasehold Agreement (LA); Website: www.kppk.gov.my
Department of Environment (supported by (7) Company’s Organisation Chart (Forest Plantation ii) Malaysian Timber Industry Board
written letter from these State Authorities); Management Division). Website : www.mtib.gov.my
iii) Forest Plantation Development Sdn. Bhd.
• The land is free from other crops such as palm As a guide, the working paper of the proposed project Website : www.fpd.com.my
oil and cocoa and the fund is for the new requiring financing should include the following:
planting of timber species approved by the Table 1: Selected Species for Forest Plantation
Technical Committee only; (see Table 1) (i) Objective and Scope of the Project;
Region Main Species Additional Species
(ii) Background of the Project;
• The company should prove to be financially
(iii) Project Location and Hectarage (Attach location map)
strong with satisfactory and reasonable cash-
(iv) Project Details including species of timber to be Peninsular 1. Rubberwood 1. Khaya spp. (Khaya
flow indicating capability for loan Malaysia (Hevea ivorensis/ senegalensis)
planted;
repayment; brasiliensis) 2. Teak (Tectona grandis)
(v) Prospect of the project; 2. Acacia spp. 3. Sentang (Azadirachta
(vi) Implementation Plan (Date to commencement and (Acacia mangium excelsa)
• The company must have sufficient planting / hybrid)
end of the project/ Planting Schedule);
materials for the forest plantation that are
(vii) Project Costs (List all items and costs in detail); Sabah 1. Rubberwood 1. Kelempayan /Laran
approved by the Malaysian Rubber Board
(viii) Project financing (Percentage of financing needed); (Hevea (Neolamarckia
(MRB) for rubberwood species and Forest brasiliensis) cadamba)
(ix) Marketing proposal for the timber produce (for own
Research Institute of Malaysia (FRIM) for 2. Acacia spp. 2. Batai (Paraserianthes
consumption or for sales) ; (Acacia mangium falcataria)
other selected species;
(x) Project cash flow for the 15-year period; and / hybrid) 3. Teak (Tectona grandis)
(xi) The company’s financial statement for the past three
• The company must be able to provide own Sarawak 1. Rubberwood 1. Kelempayan /Laran
years (to be verified). (Hevea (Neolamarckia
financing at least 10% (for Rubberwood) and brasiliensis) cadamba)
20% (for other selected species) from the cost 2. Acacia spp. 2. Batai (Paraserianthes
Complete application documents can be submitted to:-
of the proposed project; and (Acacia mangium falcataria)
Forest Plantation Development Sdn. Bhd. (FPDSB) / hybrid) 3. Binuang (Octomeles
12th Floor, Menara Maxisegar, sumatrana)
• Companies should not have any adverse 4. Khaya spp. (Khaya
Jalan Pandan Indah 4/2,
borrowing records of borrowing from any ivorensis/ senegalensis)
Pandan Indah,
financial institutions or government agencies.
55100 Kuala Lumpur.
Source: Technical Committee of Forest Plantation
Tel : 03-42918000 Fax: 03-42920002