Indonesia, Malaysia team up to counter barriers, black campaign on palm oil trade

Source: Xinhua| 2017-08-11 20:35:43|Editor: ying
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JAKARTA, Aug. 11 (Xinhua) -- Top palm oil producer countries of Indonesia and Malaysia agreed to make coordinated efforts in retaliating the ongoing barriers and black campaign on palm oil trade by exposing results of researches on positive usage of the commodity among the public.

The commitments were expressed in the meeting between Indonesian President Joko Widodo, who was accompanied by Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi and Malaysian Foreign Minister Anifah Aman in the president's office here on Friday.

Besides responding the black campaign on palm oil products, Indonesian foreign minister said the Indonesia-Malaysia joint efforts were also aimed at improving their bargaining power in the issue and further promote sustainable palm oil production.

The joint retaliating efforts would be conducted through Council of Palm Oil Producer Countries (CPOPC), the organization founded by the two nation, the Indonesian foreign minister added.

"Indonesia had already prepared many results of researches to counter the black campaign. If we can jointly do it together it would be more effective," Retno said here, adding that Malaysia had also prepared the same materials that would be merged with Indonesia's in the near future.

In April, through CPOPC Indonesia and Malaysia had expressed their deep concern over European Parliament's adoption on Resolution on Palm Oil and Deforestation of Rainforests which restricted the palm oil exports to European Union (EU) member countries, their major consumers.

The two world's largest palm oil producers also disappointed on the formation of EU-self proclaimed certification system on palm oil product which was mentioned in the resolution instead of using the existing ones set up by Indonesia and Malaysia.

The two nations also concerned on EU's plan to phase out palm oil from its biofuel program by 2020 on green issue.