In­done­sian Palm Oil As­so­ci­a­tion to Ad­dress United Na­tions in New York

Indonesia Expat - - Business Profile -

The In­done­sian Palm Oil As­so­ci­a­tion (GAPKI), the coun­try’s peak body for palm oil pro­duc­ers, is set to ad­dress a sum­mit on de­vel­op­ment of the oil palm sec­tor at the United Na­tions September 6.

GAPKI Chair­man Joko Supriy­ono will ad­dress the New York-based body on the re­spon­si­bil­i­ties and re­sponses of In­done­sia’s business com­mu­nity in ad­dress­ing sus­tain­abil­ity in the sec­tor, the lo­cal me­dia re­ported.

"We will also have in­for­mal meet­ings with re­lated stake­hold­ers dur­ing our up­com­ing visit to the US," Supriy­ono said in a state­ment re­leased on Satur­day, September 1, as re­ported by state- owned news agency An­tara.

The sum­mit is hosted by the United Na­tions De­vel­op­ment Pro­gramme, or UNDP, which fo­cuses on sus­tain­abil­ity across the world. The In­done­sian del­e­ga­tion will be joined by rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Brazil and Liberia, as well as lead­ers in the business com­mu­nity from across the world.

"We agree that the man­age­ment of oil palm plan­ta­tions should be sus­tain­able, and that is why we want to dis­cuss with the UN to re­al­ize sus­tain­able palm oil man­age­ment," Supriy­ono said.

Palm oil re­mains In­done­sia’s top non- oil and gas ex­port with The Jakarta Post re­port­ing the sec­tor gen­er­ated US$18.5 bil­lion in ex­ports last year. Around 5 mil­lion In­done­sians are em­ployed in the field and re­lated sec­tors.

While the sec­tor faces heavy crit­i­cism from en­vi­ron­men­tal bod­ies around the world, as well as neigh­bour­ing Malaysia and Sin­ga­pore who com­plain of an­nual haze due to burn­ing off fields, a re­newed fo­cus on es­tab­lish­ing sus­tain­able prac­tices rather than out­right aban­don­ment has oc­curred in re­cent years.

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