Malaysian Palm Oil Board Hosts Forum In Sydney, Australia
The Malaysian Palm Oil Board (MPOB) held a forum in Sydney in Australia in the month of September 2012, chaired by YB Tan Sri Shahrir Absul Samad, Chairman of MPOB. It was attended by TYT Dato’ Salman Ahmad, Pesuruhjaya Tinggi Malaysia ke Australia and Datuk Hassan Salleh, Konsul Kehormat Malaysia ke South Australia. The forum was attended by over 75 delegates from non governmnetal organizations; zoos; food associations; academicians; educational institutions and academicians; etc.
The forum was intended to open channels of communicationa and create dialogue as a response to media impressions in Australia focusing on the negative implications of the palm oil sector on deforestation and endangered species across south east asia. Several presenters shared their perspectives at the forum; amongst them: Mr. Darrel Webber (RSPO); Dato’ Carl Bek Nielsen (United Plantations Bhd), Dr. Carl Traeholt (Copenhagen Zoo), Dr. Marc Ancrenaz (HUTAN), Tuan Haji Khairudin Hashim (Sime Darby), Ms. Rachel Lowry (Zoos Victoria), Mr. Kim Leighton (Australian Food & Grocery Council), and Mr. Tim Cronin (WWF Australia).
Public Forum in conjunction with OFIC 2012,(In conjunction with OFIC 2012 )
OFIC 2012: Oils & Fats International Congress 2012
Malaysian Oil Scientists’ & Technologists’ Association (MOSTA)
website: www. mosta.org.my
On September 12, 2012 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Darrel Webber, Secretary General of the RSPO participated in a forum aimed at addressing:RSPO Sec General with MOSTA Public Forum panellists.
How can the ETP plans and programmes be translated into reality?
Can the industry achieve the targeted growth rates? Can the industry contribute towards Malaysia becoming a high income economy by 2020?
Can the palm oil industry generate an income of RM178 billion by 2020, compared to RM80 billion last year? What are the enabling measures to further strengthen the role of this industry in the future?
What are the impediments and how can these be overcome?
The Forum was moderated by Mr M. R. Chandran, Council Member of MOSTA and comprised the following experts who will cover subject matters such as:
Malaysia’s Strategic Outlook – Is the ETP Achievable? Mr. Stephen Hagger, Malaysian Country Head, Credit Suisse Securities, Malaysia;
Plantation Industry: Upstream Challenges Mr Ramesh Veloo, Tradewinds Plantations Bhd. Malaysia;
Maximising Resource Use Efficiency in Oil Palm based Agro-ecosystems: Prof.Sayed Azman-Ali, Crops for the Future, Research Centre, Nottingham University, Malaysia Campus;
State of the Palm Oil Downstream Industry: En. Wan Mohd Zain Wan Ismail, Chairman, Palm Oil Refiners Association of Malaysia
Green Chemicals: Integrating Palm with Nanotechnology: Dr Juzer Jangbarwala, Chief Technology Officer, Platinum NanochemSdnBhd, Malaysia
Multi Stakeholder Initiatives – Staying Ahead of the Curve: Mr. Darrel Webber, Secretary General, Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil
The XVII International Oil Palm Conference in Cartagena, Colombia
In September, with more than 2.000 assistants from the five continents, the XVII International Oil Palm Conference and Expopalma 2012 took place in the city of Cartagena de Indias, Colombia. The President of Colombia, Juan Manuel Santos, sent a message to the assistants highlighting that in 2014 the oil palm agroindustry in the country should reach 60,000 hectares planted with oil palm. With a call for the agroindustry to build and consolidate over strong bases its competitive advantages in the oils and fats global market, the Executive President of the National Federation of Oil Palm Growers of Colombia, Jens Mesa-Dishington, inaugurated the XVII International Oil Palm Conference and Expopalma 2012. Mesa said that Latin America has reached the second position among the continents in the production of palm oil. Colombia, more specifically, maintains the fourth place after Indonesia, Malaysia, and Thailand.
The Minister of Commerce, Industry, and Tourism, Sergio Díaz-Granados, agreed with the Executive President of Fedepalma, Jens Mesa, that the future of this agroindustry depends, among other aspects, in the opening of new international markets. In this sense, palm oil and its sub-products have been taken into account in all the free trade agreements signed in the last few years. The Minister committed to having ready in less than a year the results from the “Economic, Scientific, Education, Technical and Cultural Cooperation Accord between the government of Colombia and the government of Malaysia” to promote and facilitate the transference of technology and the use of good agricultural practices in this country. In this occasion the XVII International Oil Palm Conference, counted with 72 speakers: 63 international and nine national, oil palm growers, investors, businessmen, industrials and traders, suppliers of goods and services, academics, investigators, government officials, experts, technicians, directives and functionaries from trade associations coming from 31 different countries in the five continents.
Darrel Webber, the Secretary General of the RSPO shared that he is determined to bring the actors of the oil palm agroindustry together to develop and implement standards of sustainability. Webber emphasized the importance of sustainability to access new markets. Other speakers included: Director of the Malaysian Palm Oil Board, Choo Yuen May; Dorjee Sun, Executive Director of Carbon Conservation LTDA from Singapore; David Guest, Senior Professor at the Botanic School of the University of Melbourne; André Drenth, Main Researcher at the Alliance for the innovation of agriculture and food; James Fry, President and Founder of the English consulting firm LMC International and one of the worldwide authorities in agricultural economics.
RSPO – A Supporting Partner In Csr Asia Summit Held In Beijing
On September 18-19, the CSR Asia Summit 2012 was held in Beijing. RSPO was a Supporting Partner of the Summit, which featured the theme “Local Innovation for Global Challenges” and had an emphasis on corporate engagement in global health. The event started with 3 keynote speeches and a panel discussion, followed by breakout sessions structured into four thematic streams: challenges, stakeholders, disclosure and solutions. Chinese economist Mao Yushi gave the first keynote speech, stressing that corporations not only have to be legally but also morally responsible. Michael Schreider from GBCHealth talked about different ways the private sector can contribute to addressing global health issues. Tang Min, Counsellor to the State Council / Executive Vice-Chairman of the China Social Entrepreneur Foundation discussed the development of social enterprises in China. During the panel discussion, Coca Cola, Accor, Nokia and State Street shared their experiences in helping address global challenges through local innovation. Around 500 delegates participated in the event, including CSR/sustainability professionals, representatives from social enterprises and NGOs, investors, and academics.