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International cooperation – the CPOPC at work
Mahbob Abdullah | 08 Mar 2019 00:30
 At last I got to see the Council of Palm Oil Producing Countries (CPOPC) at work when the team came to Putrajaya to hold a forum. It is based in Jakarta, and we have Malaysian officers working there. I was invited by the deputy CEO, Mohammad Jaaffar Ahmad. For the forum, the moderator was UR Unnithan, president of the Malaysian Biodiesel Association.

The council was formed in 2015 with Malaysia and Indonesia being the first members. Together they produce 85% of the palm oil in the world. The rapid rise in Indonesia has seen production go up to 40 million tonnes a year, about twice that produced by Malaysia.

Palm oil comprises 56% of the oil and fat exports of 87 million tonnes, compared to soya oil at 13%, sunflower oil at 12%, and rapeseed at 5%. The volume of palm oil is increasing. This time on stage a new member was introduced, Colombia, with its ambassador present, is producing 1.6 million tonnes a year.

Other producers include Thailand, Papua New Guinea, Guatemala, Nigeria and Ecuador which have yet to join. Together, the members will seek ways to improve the industry, raise the level of practices to achieve standards of sustainability, and see that all face the anti-palm oil lobbies together, including on trade and other issues in the West which seems to seek the demise of the palm oil trade.

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