Companies that are in the planted forests industry have a responsibility to support community-based plantations not only because they create jobs and support socio-economic growth but also because they are contributing to the regional supply gap. The supply gap is not confined to raw sawn wood, but with wood and paper products. Demand for paper, packaging and panels is soaring. As demand soars, so too do imports and as imports rise, dollar reserves dwindle. This is a major economic issue for a country such as Angola. This is why it is so important that companies such as Sepex support community-based plantations and do everything they can to promote wood processing industries. This will take time but it is realistic that in the medium-term, many wood and paper product imports in Angola can be substituted by local production.