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Jakarta Post

EU ‘boycott’ of Indonesian palm oil is a lie, envoy says

  • Linda Yulisman

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, March 1 2012   /  09:06 am

Debunking media reports and statements made by spin doctors, European Union (EU) Ambassador to Indonesia and Brunei Julian Wilson says Indonesian palm oil enjoys unrestricted access to the European markets and is growing at an annual rate of over 20 percent.

“If there is a ban, how can the market be expanding at over 20 percent … If we do have a ban, it would be the most inefficient ban in history,” Julian said at a seminar on palm oil hosted by the Indonesian Agriculture Ministry, the EU and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) in Jakarta on Wednesday.

Julian said a boycott of palm oil imports from Indonesia would be impossible, not only because of high consumer demand for palm oil in food and cosmetics but also because the trade of palm oil is protected by the free trade practices implemented by the EU and the WTO.

Previously, the Indonesian and Malaysian government...