Statement on WTO Ruling from Malaysian Minister of Plantation & Commodities Johari Bin Abdul Ghani

Malaysia’s Minister for Plantation and Commodities, YB Datuk Seri Johari Bin Abdul Ghani, has issued a statement responding to the ruling of the WTO Panel in case Ds600 brought by Malaysia against the European Union, for discriminatory regulation targeted at palm oil biofuels. The statement is also available online here. MALAYSIA SUCCEEDS IN WTO CASE…

Developing Nations Unite to Express Discontent with EU Deforestation Plans

This month, Malaysia joined 16 other commodity-producing nations in writing a letter to the European Union raising serious concerns about the approach the bloc has taken on the EU Deforestation Regulation (EUDR). The letter is part of a broader trend of discontent with the Regulation among the global south and developing world and follows a…

New Data Confirm Malaysia is Leading Developing World in Lowering Deforestation, Protecting Forests 

MPOC CEO: New Data Confirm Malaysia is Leading Developing World in Lowering Deforestation, Protecting Forests   The latest data on global deforestation from the independent research group World Resources Institute (WRI) highlights that Malaysia is now a top 5 country for reducing deforestation, globally. WRI’s report and expert analysis, reported last week in The Guardian (UK) show that as of 2022,…

Statement from MPOC on UK CPTPP Entry

MEDIA STATEMENT MPOC: UK’s CPTPP ENTRY IS AN OPPORTUNITY FOR MALAYSIAN FARMERS The U.K.’s formal accession into the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) was finalised on 16 July. The agreement will open new opportunities for businesses, investors, and exporters from Malaysia. MPOC applauds the elimination of tariffs and barriers to trade that…

UK Praises Malaysia; New Forest Data Requires Brussels Rethink

This past week, outgoing British High Commissioner to Malaysia Charles Hay made departing remarks where he praised palm oil, effective diplomacy, Malaysia’s global and domestic efforts on eliminating deforestation, and the close partnership the two nations have enjoyed during his tenure representing the U.K. in Kuala Lumpur. Hay expressed how palm oil has allowed the…

Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Sends Clear Message to Brussels

This week, Malaysia’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Plantation & Commodities, YAB Dato’ Sri Haji Fadillah Yusof, gave a speech before the Malaysian Parliament condemning the European Union’s push to adopt the Deforestation Regulation. The Malaysian government considers the EUDR a discriminatory policy the European Union will use to restrict – or even block…

U.S. Announcement is Positive for Entire Palm Oil Sector; Follows Months of Engagement by Industry Leaders & MPOC

The U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP) has announced they are lifting the Withhold Release Order (WRO) on Sime Darby Plantation (SDP), one of the largest producers of palm oil in Malaysia, following an extensive review of their practices. The Malaysian Palm Oil Council (MPOC) has engaged with the U.S. authorities throughout 2021 and 2022,…

New Milestone in Malaysia’s Labour Rights Reforms

This past week marks another milestone in Malaysia’s journey of labour rights reform. On Thursday, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced that they were lifting the Withhold Release Order (WRO) on Sime Darby Plantation (SDP), one of the largest producers of palm oil in Malaysia, following an extensive review of their practices. The U.S….

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