Council of Palm Oil Producing Countries (CPOPC) is an intergovernmental organization for palm oil producing countries. The Council was established on 21 November 2015, thanks to genuine awareness of the need of mutual cooperation among palm oil producing nations.
Indonesia and Malaysia, the world’s biggest palm oil producers, are the founding father of the Council as well as the current members. The two countries recognized significant contribution of palm oil sector in generating export revenue, raising the income level of rural small farmers, addressing poverty, creating employment and new business opportunities. As the two countries further accepted that palm oil is an important component of the global food supply chain, they recognized a few situations, primarily those relating to sustainable practices and trade impediments.
Taking into account the given opportunities and challenges, the two countries desired to strengthen cooperation and collaboration by establishing the CPOPC. The Council is now inviting other palm oil producing countries from Africa, Central America and Asia-Pacific. The Council seeks to unite world’s palm oil producers. The Council, furthermore, represents the priorities, interests, and aspirations of the palm oil nations as developing world.
“either we hang together,
or we will be hanged separately”
CPOPC devotes its attention to cooperation and (economic) development. The Council aims to promote, develop and strengthen cooperation in the oil palm cultivation and industry among the member countries. This is to ensure long term benefits of such palm oil endeavors to the economic development and well-being of the people of the member countries.
Scope and functions of the Council are the following:
1- Promote consultation on the development of the palm oil industry among the stakeholders in the oil palm cultivating countries;
2- Enhance the welfare of the oil palm smallholders;
3- Develop and establish a global framework of principles for sustainable palm oil.
4- Promote cooperation and investment in developing sustainable and environmentally friendly oil palm zones, including green economic zones;
5- Address impediments to palm oil trade;
6- Cooperate in research and development, and training; and
7- Undertake activities and functions as may be deemed desirable in the interest of the palm oil industry
There are many organisations and bodies that oversee the palm oil sector. CPOPC does not wish the reinvent the wheel. The Council wish to focus on programs that offer the best means to achieve Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and to offer a multiplier effect within palm producing countries.
For that end, the Council has identified 6 (six) focus areas of cooperation based on palm oil producers’ mutual interests, namely:
1. Sustainability of palm oil.
2. Productivity of smallholders.
3. Research and innovation.
4. Industrial cooperation towards value added production.
5. Technical regulations and standards.
6. Trade policy issues.