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To Continue Challenging the European Union: CPOPC Joint Press Statement

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 6th Ministerial Meeting of Council of Palm Oil Producing Countries (CPOPC) in Jakarta, Indonesia, on 28 February 2019. The Ministry of Agriculture of Colombia was represented by Mr Felipe Fonseca Fino, Director of Agricultural Rural Planning Unit.

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To Chart Out a Direction for Biofuel Development: CPOPC Business Forum

PUTRAJAYA – To boost domestic demand and push forward the palm oil industry, Council of Palm Oil Producing Countries (CPOPC) organized Business Forum on 12 February 2019 in Putrajaya, Malaysia. Over a hundred palm oil stakeholders from five countries attended the event that aims to promote higher biodiesel blends in Malaysia and wider use of hydrotreated vegetable oils (HVO), the next generation of biodiesel.

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Indonesia’s Palm Oil Can Survive Without Europe

INDONESIA’S palm oil is facing a load of pressure. In June 2018, the European Union declared its plan to ban the use of palm oil as an additive for biodiesel by 2030. This is an extension to the previous deadline of 2021. The European Union plans to also gradually decrease its import volume of palm oil. On Tuesday last week, the European Union’s ambassador to Indonesia, Vincent Guerend, also made his move. He requested the Indonesian government review the standards of Indonesian Sustainable Palm Oil (ISPO) certification which do not meet certification standards in Europe. He said the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil certification was better recognized by the international 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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CPOPC Joint Press Statement

PUTRAJAYA – The Honorable Ms. Teresa Kok, Minister of Primary Industries, Malaysia and His Excellency Mr. Darmin Nasution, Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs, Indonesia co-chaired the 5th Ministerial Meeting of the Council of Palm Oil Producing Countries (CPOPC) in Putrajaya, Malaysia.

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CPOPC Statement on the SDGs and RED II

CARTAGENA – The Council of Palm Oil Producing Countries (CPOPC) refers to the recent meeting held between Ministers, Ambassadors and Business leaders of Colombia and Malaysia in Cartagena, Colombia on 26 September 2018.

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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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A Consolidation to Foster Free Trade

JAKARTA – Malaysian Minister of International Trade and Industry, Mr Darell Leiking, made a visit to the Secretariat of Council of Palm Oil Producing Countries (CPOPC) in Wisma Nusantara Building, Jakarta, on Saturday (11/8).

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FAO Goes with Palm Oil

ROME – Council of Palm Oil Producing Countries (CPOPC) endorsed the development of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Compliance of Vegetable Oil initiative of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), which selects oil palm as the commodity for the pilot project. In mid-May, CPOPC Executive Director, Mr Mahendra Siregar, met with Director General of FAO, Mr José Graziano da Silva, in FAO headquarter in Rome, Italy, to discuss about the initiative.

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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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The Diminishing Importance of European Union

JAKARTA – Council of Palm Oil Producing Countries (CPOPC) partnered with Indonesia leading newspaper, Kompas, organized a one-day seminar in mid May 2018 gathering Indonesia palm oil multi-stakeholders and European Commission to garner insights on recent European Union (EU) Renewable Energy Directive II. The seminar, entitled ‘’Addressing Trade Barriers of Palm Oil Export in Global Market’’, brought multi-perspectives on board, of the business, government, academician as well as civil society organization, and presented Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia, H.E Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan as the keynote speaker.

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Towards Multilateral Alliance: Partnership with UNCTAD

GENEVA – Setting out a collaboration, CPOPC Executive Director, Mr Mahendra Siregar, visited United Nations headquarter in Geneva, Switzerland on late September 2017 to have a courtesy call with Secretary General of United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), Mr Mukhisa Kituyi.

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WTO Public Forum: CPOPC, The Mission and Reality

CPOPC seeks to appear at the global stage by participating in global forum. On late September 2017, CPOPC Executive Director, Mahendra Siregar, delivered remarks at World Trade Organization Public Forum (WTO PF) in Geneva, Switzerland. Mr Mahendra highlighted ‘’the end’’ of free trade and the need for countries to find mutual interests.

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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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