Monday 02 Oct 2023
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BOGOR, Indonesia (Jan 9): Indonesia and Malaysia, the world's biggest producers of palm oil, agreed on Monday (Jan 9) to work together to fight "discrimination" against the commodity after a meeting between leaders from the countries.

The comments by Indonesian President Joko Widodo followed a meeting with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, who was making his first overseas trip since being elected in November.

Widodo, popularly known as Jokowi, said the two countries would "fight discrimination against palm oil", and "strengthen cooperation through the Council of Palm Oil Producing Countries" to address concerns.

The European Union plans to phase out palm-oil based fuels by 2030 because of perceived links to deforestation.

During their bilateral meeting, Anwar and Jokowi signed eight memorandums of understandings covering shipping, export-import financing, green energy, the development of the battery industry, which they said they hope would deepen cross-border trade and investment.

The leaders also discussed the development of Indonesia's planned new capital, Nusantara, with Anwar handing over 11 letters of interest from Malaysian companies related to possible investment in the new city, located in the Indonesian portion of the Borneo island.

The new capital could boost regional development, Anwar said, with Sabah and Sarawak located in the Malaysian part of the Borneo island.

"We hope the development of the capital will bring greater benefits to the wider region, including Sabah and Sarawak," he said.

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