BANGKOK (Bernama) – Thailand’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment has intensified measures to control ivory trade in the country, Thai News Agency (TNA) reported.
Minister General Dapong Rattanasuwan told reporters on Thursday that the ministry has set a March 2015 deadline for ivory traders to submit reports on their ivory stockpiles, countries of origin and destination for ivory products.
On Wednesday, Dapong met with visiting secretary-general of Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) John E Scanlon in Bangkok.
Scanlon expressed satisfaction with the Thai government’s efforts to address the problem of illegal ivory trade including the arrest of suspects.
Dapong said the ministry will also attempt to end ivory smuggling from South Africa.