The Jakarta Post
In its latest bid to counter negative perceptions surrounding the palm oil industry in Indonesia, Jakarta has invited ambassadors and representatives from European Union member countries on a five-day excursion to plantation sites in Jambi so they can make their own observations.
The move comes amidst efforts by European lawmakers to table EU legislation that seeks to phase out the use of palm oil in motor fuels, inevitably affecting Indonesia’s palm oil exports.
The Foreign Ministry’s policy analysis and development agency (BPPK), in collaboration with the Jambi regional administration, the Indonesian Oil Palm Estate Fund (BPDP-KS) and Jambi University, has organized an “executive oil palm course” catering to the envoys this week.
“This is not the first event we have held — last year we invited EU students over for a palm oil summer course, but this time...