Malaysia, Switzerland to form special oil palm committee

Kuala Lumpur, The Malaysian Primary Industries Ministry and the Swiss Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research (EAER) will form a special joint committee comprising experts from both nations to cooperate on issues relating to palm oil.

"The special expert committee will explore palm oil-related opportunities towards sustainability, bilateral trade, exchange of relevant scientific technologies and possible collaboration in downstream palm oil industry applications," the Ministry said in a statement to Malaysia's National News Agency (Bernama) today.

It said the effort was agreed upon during a meeting in Bern, Switzerland between Primary Industries Minister Teresa Kok and Federal Councillor of the Swiss Confederation, Johann Schneider-Ammann.

The meeting was held at a crucial time since on September 25, the upper house of the Swiss Parliament turned down a motion to restrict importation of palm oil and its applications into the country.

The Swiss motion was triggered by their concern that palm oil was produced unsustainably while contributing to deforestation.

Source: Bahrain News Agency