Airlangga: Smallholders’ Welfare was Discussed in the 9th MM CPOPC 2021

Airlangga: Smallholders’ Welfare was Discussed in the 9th MM CPOPC 2021

InfoSAWIT, JAKARTA – In the 9th Ministerial Meeting Council of Palm Oil Producing Countries (MM CPOPC), Coordinator Minister in Economy Indonesian Republic, Airlangga Hartarto was as Indonesian Delegation Chairman, and became Chairperson with Minister of Plantation Industry and Commodity, Malaysia, Datuk Zuraida Kamaruddin.

There were some sessions in the meeting, such as, from CPOPC members (Indonesia and Malaysia) and from observer countries, such as, from Colombia, Ghana, Hondoras, and Papua New Guinea.

Besides Airlangga and Datuk Zuraida, the meeting was attended by Minister of Agriculture and Village Development, Columbia, Rodolfo Enrique Zea Navarro; Minister of Agriculture and Livestock, Papua New Guinea, John Simon; Vice Minister of Agriculture and Livestock, Honduras, David Ernesto Wainwright; and High Commissioner Ghana for Malaysia, Akua Sekyia Ahenkora, as observer country.

Arilangga Hartarto told that Covid-19 pandemic still haunts and could postpone economic recovery globally. But in the same time, commodity price which keeps increasing namely palm oil also creates golden opportunity for palm oil producer countries to support economic recovery.

In 2021, palm oil exports from Indonesia reached US$ 29 billion or increased 115% compared to the previous years. To keep the positive moment, Indonesia is in the final process to certify downstream palm oil supply chain.

“The trend about discriminative policy to palm oil will be a loss to develop palm oil sectors. That is why it is important for CPOPC to defend its roles to support and maintain the same interest of CPOPC,” Airlangga said in Jakarta, as in the official statement to InfoSAWIT, Saturday (4/12/2021).

Some important agenda in the 9th MM CPOPC were adoption/legitimation by signing Protocol to Amend, Adoption of CPOPC Work Plan and Budget 2022 and Annual Contribution 2022, Adoption of Global Framework of Principles of Sustainable Palm Oil, Adoption of CPOPC Policy and Strategy Direction, Adoption of Rules of Procedure of MM and SOM of CPOPC; both CPOPC members agreed Protocol to Amend CPOPC, and should prioritize it to conduct ratification procedures in each internal country. CPOPC candidates should ratify the protocol before they are in.

One vision of CPOPC is to welfare millions of smallholders in CPO producer countries in the globe. CPOPC secretariat should make programs which are dedicated to smallholders.

“The Global Smallholders Forum is important thing to facilitate, consolidate smallholders globally and to support them to realize sustainability standards just like it is written and regulated in SDGs,” Airlangga said. (T2)