7th Ministerial Meeting Statement

KUALA LUMPUR – The Ministers responsible for the palm oil industry from Malaysia, Her Excellency Mdm. Teresa Kok, Minister of Primary Industries of Malaysia, and His Excellency Mr. Darmin Nasution, Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia co-chaired the 7th Ministerial Meeting of Council of Palm Oil Producing Countries (CPOPC) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on 16 July 2019. The Meeting was also attended by Colombia, represented by His Excellency Mr. Mauricio Gonzalez Lopez, Ambassador of Colombia to Malaysia, in its capacity as an observer state.

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To Tie in with Thailand

BANGKOK – The newly appointed Executive Director of Council of Palm Oil Producing Countries (CPOPC), Tan Sri Datuk Dr Yusof Basiron, conducted a two-day visit to Bangkok, Thailand, in early July 2019. The essence of the visit was to introduce CPOPC’s new board of directors, as the organization seeks to open channels for the government of Thailand to join CPOPC.

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Consolidation Underway

JAKARTA – To introduce the proposed new strategies of the Council, newly appointed Executive Director of Council of Palm Oil Producing Countries (CPOPC), Tan Sri Datuk Dr Yusof Basiron, visited several main bodies of Indonesian palm oil in late June 2019 including Indonesian Palm Oil Association (GAPKI).

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The New Executive Director

JAKARTA – Former CEO of Malaysian Palm Oil Council (MPOC), who was also an Advisor to the Minister of Plantation Industries of Malaysia, Tan Sri Datuk Dr Yusof Basiron, has been appointed as the new Executive Director of the Council of Palm Oil Producing Countries (CPOPC), effective 1 June 2019. Dr Yusof succeeds Mr Mahendra Siregar, former Executive Director, who is now the Indonesian Ambassador to the USA in Washington.

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The EU Unaltered

BRUSSELS – The European Union (EU) remained at resolute position over the Delegated Regulation Supplementing Directive 2018/2001 of the EU Renewable Energy Directive II that entered into force on 10 June 2019. The Delegated Act shall remove palm oil from EU bio fuel market.

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Welcome Colombia!

PUTRAJAYA – Colombia is officially approved to be the third member of the Council of Palm Oil Producing Countries (CPOPC) to join Indonesia and Malaysia. The approval come out during the 5th Ministerial Meeting of CPOPC held on 8 November 2018 in Putrajaya, Malaysia, in response to the Colombia’s Foreign Minister Letter July 2018 on Colombia’s accession to the CPOPC.

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Rolling Out the Sustainability Movement for Smallholders

PUTRAJAYA – To ease oil palm smallholders in grasping the complex concepts of sustainability, CPOPC organized a consultative workshop on Best Agricultural Practices (BAP) in oil palm cultivation on 6-7 August 2018 in Putrajaya, Malaysia. The workshop convened 24 Malaysian and Indonesian resource persons and brought forth 10 BAP applications in selected areas of oil palm cultivation that are set to be accordant with seventeen objectives of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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Vatican Stands Behind Palm Oil

ROME – Building on a high-level meeting between Indonesia Minister and Pope Francis just two weeks earlier, Vatican sponsored an international conference on palm oil in mid May 2018 in Rome, Italy, insinuating The Holy See support for the most productive vegetable oil.

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Global Collaboration on The Move: Inaugural Ministerial Meeting of Palm Oil Producing Countries, Bali.

(NUSA DUA, BALI): The Ministers responsible for the palm oil industry from Indonesia and Malaysia attended the Inaugural Ministerial Meeting of Palm Oil Producing Countries (IMMPOPC) of the Council of Palm Oil Producing Countries (CPOPC) in Bali, Indonesia, on 2 November 2017. The meeting was also participated by official representatives from other oil palm producing countries, including Colombia, Guatemala, Nigeria, Papua New Guinea, and Thailand, as well as multilateral organizations, namely Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) as resource persons.

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Vegetable Oil vs Vegetable Oil: Trade Barriers Over Palm Oil

TRADE POLICY ISSUES. Palm oil is undoubtedly one of the commodities that has been developed to improve the economic and social fabric of palm producing nations. The comparative advantage that palm oil has over rapeseed, amongst others, that is largely produced in Europe, has created unprecedented challenges to the industries in developed nations.

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Dealing with the paradox of the versatility of palm oil

TECHNICAL REGULATIONS AND STANDARDS. The versatility of palm oil and its extensive use in food industrial and energy applications means that this commodity and downstream products have to meet very stringent technical regulations and standards on health, safety and quality grounds.

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Value added for a better life: From food to fuel.

INDUSTRIAL COOPERATION TOWARDS VALUE ADDED PRODUCTION. The production of crude palm oil into value added is essential to ensuring that palm oil producing nations can support the continued improvement of health, education and social services which helps underpins the efforts made by Governments in developing economies.

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Making the indispensable real: Research and innovation of palm oil.

RESEARCH AND INNOVATION. A weakness of developing economies is the lack of research and development. Innovation has tended to be the preserve of the more advanced economies. However, the income generated from palm oil provides the opportunity to commit resources which is currently being witnessed with most palm oil companies developing their own R and D facilities and several government initiatives are underway.

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Paving the way for the poor to quit poverty: Why palm oil matters.

SUSTAINABILITY OF PALM OIL is an invigorated concept and is not equally the same with ‘’sustainable palm oil’’ which commonly refers to palm oil certification scheme, i.e., standardized process and outputs in palm oil production supply chain. The term ‘sustainability’ in and of itself is wide-ranging. ?

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The small that counts: The significance of smallholders in global economy.

PRODUCTIVITY OF SMALLHOLDERS. The largest challenge for palm oil is how to continue to meet burgeoning demand within developed and developing economies. The productivity of palm oil is such that it is the oil seed of preference to meet future demand as there are few or no “land banks” left for soy and rapeseed whose productivity lags far behind. The key in this respect is how to improve the productivity of oil palm smallholders.

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