In the first act of Pakistan Edible Oil Conference (PEOC) in Karachi (19/1/2019), the ambassador of Indonesia to Islamabad, Iwan Suyudhie Amri, and General Consulate of Indonesia to Karachi, Totok Prianamto, and Chairman of Indonesian Palm Oil Associtation (IPOA), Joko Supriyono did working lunch with the coordinators of Pakistan Vanaspati Manufacture Association (PVMA) and Pakistan Edible Oil Refiners Association (PEORA).
The meeting was to increase palm oil trade between the two countries and discussed the cooperation in Indonesa-Pakistan Palm Oil Joint Committee (IP JPOC), the communication forum for the exporters and importers. It was made in March 2017 in Karachi from the initiatives of Indonesia.
The ambassador Iwan Suyudhie Amri told that it is important to make and keep communicating with the stakeholders in both countries to discuss every issue in palm oil trade.
He also said, the health issues have been the discussion in Pakistan since the last two years. This happens for the Punjab Food Authority (PFA) about the ban of Vanaspati Ghee. This is the same challenge.
“Including the free tariff for 20 added products from Pakistan. This is the strategy of the government to increase the trade relation in both countries continously,” Iwan recently said in the official statement to InfoSAWIT.
Meanwhile in the working lunch, it was agreed by IPOA and PVMA to formulate the future strategies to secure the palm oil trade from Indonesia in Pakistan, such as, promoting palm oil image that is good for the health and more efficinet than other kinds of vegetable oil.
IPOA and PVMA did appreciate what Indonesian Embassy and Indonesian Consulate have done to maintain and increase the palm oil trade in Pakistan.
In the meeting, IPOA, PVMA, and the government of Inodnesia did communication with the government of Pakistan about the possibility of technical barrier to trade to palm oil from Indonesia. “We would support this to be successfu,” Iwan said.