Exploratory Meetings with Thailand
An Effort to Embrace the Third Largest Producer
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.
During the visit, Mr Yusof and his board of directors met with high-ranking officials from the Department of Alternative Energy Development and Efficiency (DEDE), Ministry of Energy. The team also managed to have a courtesy call with Office of International Agricultural Affairs from Thailand’s Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives (MOAC). These meetings also discussed possible cooperation opportunities in 2019.
“Palm oil producing countries, including Thailand, need to consolidate to defend and voice their interests in the global arena”.
With estimated production of more than 2.8 million tonnes of CPO, Thailand is currently ranked as the third largest palm oil producing country in the world, after Indonesia and Malaysia. The country holds huge potential and viable market for sustainable palm oil production, investment and trade. Thailand is considered to be the most prospective candidate of CPOPC’s new member.
“Palm oil producing countries, including Thailand, need to consolidate to defend and voice their interests in the global arena. CPOPC is a platform for this end,’’ stated Mr Yusof in between meetings in Bangkok. Efforts to encourage the Government of Thailand to join CPOPC have been undertaken in the past two years, including to bring on Thailand in the Inaugural Ministerial Meeting of Palm Oil Producing Countries 2017.
To increase its global representation, CPOPC seeks to invite world’s palm oil producing countries from Africa, Central America, Asia, and the Pacific to join the organization. Colombia, the world’s fourth largest producers, joined the CPOPC in 2018.
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