InfoSAWIT, JAKARTA - Until now palm oil has been used to more than 400 products but differently process whole over the world. The production has made millions of family out of the poverty in Indonesia and in many developing countries, such as, South East Asia, Africa, and South America. This would be possible for Indonesia to join the United Nations meeting to discuss Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in 2030.
But the negative accusation to the products in palm oil – base may rise because presumption of ideology and protection to the alternative products vocalized by the importer countries. It is not accused by the scientific evidence and confession on the trade principles based on the regulation in European Union and World Trade Organization (WTO).
The latest trend and achievement in the field showed that the most effective solution to protect the environment, support the social and economic development for the local, and to guarantee the fair trade in the developing countries are to make sure that the chain of production in palm oil plantation should be develop based on the standards of sustainability which are internationally confessed.
In the opposite, palm oil trade ban in one side, just like European Parliament proposed, apart from the condition, and where it is developed, is a concern for some reasons. This could rise geo-politic and socio-economic risk and would be potential to make other factors in the relationship of East – West and North – South; the rejection of the massive progress that the main producer countries have done in the last years and which are brave heading to the sustainable development; the potential block to national trade which may endanger the regulation and the progress of WTO in the bilateral trade, and the ambitious partnership agreement with European Union.
(Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan /Coordinator Minister in Maritime, Indonesia)
This article once published in InfoSAWIT, August 2018