In an opinion editorial featured in The Star, Belgian agronomist Pierre Bois d’Enghien writes about this week’s visit of French President Francois Hollande to Malaysia – and why the President should guarantee that Palm Oil will not be taxed in France.
By Pierre Bois d’Enghien
‘Francois Hollande’s visit to Malaysia is important for French business: according to French media reports, there are hopes of defence contracts being signed. Alongside such French priorities, the President should be asked to recognize the Malaysian priority of Palm Oil.
‘First, he should support G2G initiatives. President Hollande should announce that the French Government will provide technical and financial support to helping develop and strengthen MSPO, the Malaysian Government’s standard.
‘Second, President Hollande should commit that France will not tax palm oil. In 2013, former Prime Minister and now Foreign Affairs Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault promised that France would not tax palm oil, and that promise needs to be re-stated by President Hollande.
‘Third, President Hollande should recognise the achievements Malaysia has made in terms of environmental management and sustainable commodities. These would be the actions of a true friend; it remains to be seen if France will agree.’
Read the full opinion editorial here: A Message to President Hollande: Support Palm Oil