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The Malaysian Palm Oil Certification Council and the Sabah Forestry Department to Seek Amicable Solutions on the Certification of Palm Oil in the State of Sabah

The Sabah Forestry Department (SFD) and the Malaysian Palm Oil Certification Council (MPOCC) met on the 18th December 2017, at the Sabah Forestry Department Headquarters, Sandakan Sabah.  The main purpose of the meeting was to discuss about the Sabah Jurisdictional Certified Sustainable Palm Oil (JCSPO) Initiative and the National Certification scheme, the Malaysian Sustainable Palm Oil (MSPO).  As a result of the meeting, both parties have agreed to engage further to come to an amicable solution that will serve both parties and the interest of the State Government of Sabah.  A joint-committee was to be mooted to enable regular meetings to be held to discuss about the issues on certification of palm oil in the whole State of Sabah.

The Sabah JCSPO is a ten–year initiative that aims to produce 100% RSPO certified sustainable palm oil by 2025. Meanwhile, the Ministry of Plantations Industries and Commodities (MPIC) had made an announcement on making the MSPO scheme mandatory by 2019.

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Datuk Sam Mannan (2nd left) and Datuk M Nagarajan (3rd left) with SFD and MPOCC officials

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SFD and MPOCC officials

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