Airlangga also said that there is a need for a strategy to ensure that the Indonesian Sustainable Palm Oil (ISPO) and Malaysian Sustainable Palm Oil (MSPO) certifications are widely recognized in the global market. rice field.
Separately, Fadillah, who is also Malaysia’s deputy prime minister, said palm oil producers were taking steps to protect the environment, but did not specify what they were.
Last December, the EU agreed to a new law that requires companies to ensure that goods sold in the EU do not come from deforested land.
The Council of Palm Oil Exporting Countries (CPOPC), led by Malaysia and Indonesia, says the regulation is discriminatory.
Last month, Mr Fadillah said Malaysia could stop exporting to the EU if “they (EU) make it difficult for us to export to them”.
When asked by media on Thursday whether the issue of a boycott of exports to the EU was discussed in his meeting with Fadilla, Airlangga said no.
“Stopping exports was not something we talked about. As a country involved in importing and exporting[of products]… it was not an option,” Airlangga said.
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/asia/palm-oil-indonesia-malaysia-european-union-joint-mission-3265981 Joint Indonesia-Malaysia mission to EU to counter ‘discrimination’ against palm oil industry