In addition, CPOPC also decided on a number of strategic steps in maintaining bargaining power amid the challenges of the global market, including programs for farmers, establishing Colombia as a CPOPC member, mandatory reinforcement of biodiesel, and strategies to overcome black campaigns in the global market.
First, CPOPC is committed to encouraging alignments with oil palm farmers who contribute greatly to the achievement of global production. Both countries prioritize poverty alleviation and farmers’ welfare through increasing implementation of Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) and palm oil rejuvenation programs. Not only that, both of them are also committed to holding the Business and Smallholders Forum in 2019.
Furthermore, to strengthen cooperation with other palm oil producing countries, CPOPC has established Colombia as a member of CPOPC. The determination of Colombia as a member of the CPOPC considers the position of Colombia as one of the largest palm oil producing countries in the Americas. This is expected to produce strategic cooperation to promote the interests of the oil palm industry in the global economy.
“It is very important for CPOPC to expand its membership to strengthen its bargaining power position as well as cooperation with other palm oil producing countries,” Darmin added.
The two countries also agreed on the importance of consolidating mandatory biodiesel programs in all member countries while at the same time encouraging the use of biodiesel to countries using oil palm.
Meanwhile, to overcome the black campaign against palm oil products which is quite discriminatory for oil palm producing countries, CPOPC takes several strategic steps, including:
CPOPC member countries will not participate in workshops related to Indirect Land Use Change (ILUC) which is part of the European Union’s Renewable Energy Directive II (RED II) because it is considered very discriminatory against palm oil products on the EU market.