Kamis , 20 April 2017, 19:54 WIB

Kadin-U.S. delegation to discuss palm oil polemic

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Aerial view of palm plantation in Riau province.
Aerial view of palm plantation in Riau province.

REPUBLIKA.CO.ID, JAKARTA -- The Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Kadin) and U.S. delegation led by visiting Vice President Mike Pence will discuss palm oil polemic triggered by the European Parliament resolution. 

"Yes, certainly we will discuss the palm oil issue," General Chairman of Kadin Rosan Roeslani said after attending an energy forum meeting here on Thursday. 

Rosan did not go into details about the discussion with the U.S. delegation scheduled on Friday. 

The Indonesian government has denounced the European Parliament allegation, which linked the country's palm oil industry to corruption and violation of human rights. 

The European Parliament called for boycott of investment in the palm oil sector and ban on the use of palm oil to feed bio-diesel industry.

The Indonesian Foreign Ministry has accused the resolution of discriminating against palm oil in contrary to the European Union position as 'champion of open, free, and fair trade. 

Trade Minister Enggartiasto Lukita said the resolution would negatively affect trade agreement between Indonesia and the E.U. 

"If that is to happen, it would mean a challenge for trade war, and Indonesia is not the one to start it," Enggartiasto said. 

Pence arrived here on Wednesday night from Tokyo after a visit to Japan. He paid a courtesy call on President Joko Widodo on Thursday and held talk with Vice President Jusuf Kalla on bilateral and international issues.

Sumber : Antara