InfoSAWIT, ROMA –Coordinator Minister in Maritime, Luhut Panjaitan was one of keynote speaker in a Seminar ‘Pemberantasan Kemiskinan Melalui Pertanian dan Perkebunan Demi Perdamaian dan Kemanusiaan’, in Rome, 15 May 2018.
In his speech, Coordinator Minister Luhut appreciated the cooperation among Indonesia, Malaysia, and Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development lead by Cardinal Peter Turkson, who proposed the seminar.
Cardinal Turkson said, agricultural sector, including (palm oil) plantation could be the one kind of business to conquer the poverty. He also said, the balance of economy and environmental management should remain well.
The conference was important forum to share experience and make dialogue among the stakeholders representing the government, non – government organizations, academy, and the businessmen in agriculture, including in palm oil, and civil organizations.
In the conference too, Luhut Panjaitan reminded that Vatican is purely as the facilitor to be the place to show the complete facts about palm oil industry from the human perspective and poverty allevation. “We (from Indonesia) has no intention at all to ‘make’ Vatican and we are not against others,” Luhut said in the official statement from Coordinator Ministry of Maritime to InfoSAWIT, Monday (15/5/2018).
The Embassador of Malaysia for Vatican, Tan Sri Bernard Giluk Dompok, Cardinal Peter Turkson, Rector Pontifical Urban University Alberto Trevisial, James Fry dari Oxford, Frans Claassen of Europan Palm Oil Alliance, Prof. Pietri Paganini from John Cabot University, and Thomas Mielke of Oil World attended the conference.
Panjaitan also told in speech that the economy of Indonesia has good progress. In the last decades, it increased about 5,7% in average or the third fastest of G20 members after China and India.
Rasio Gini Indonesiakeeps decreasing from 0,4 to be 0,3 in the last threee years and it shows that the government is successful in the economy policy. Some institutions even predicted, in 2030 – 2050, Indonesia would be the big five country in G20.
The economic progress might not happen without the significant contribution in agricultural sector. The Gross Domestic Product from agricultural sector reached about 4,1 billion Euro per year in 2010 to 2018. In 2014, the agricultural sector hired about 40,12 men r about 33% of the workers in Indonesia. (T2)