Minister Datuk Seri Mah Siew Keong, Malaysian Minister of Plantation Industries and Commodities, has written an op-ed for the UK Daily Telegraph, setting out the Malaysian Government’s position on opportunities for the Palm Oil industry, and for UK-Malaysia cooperation more generally, once the UK leaves the European Union.
The Minister’s op-ed criticises the current protectionist approach to Palm Oil in Europe, and expresses the importance of a positive and open-trading approach in future.
The Minister writes:
“The UK has always adopted an open trading approach: a continuation of this positive trend would be beneficial for both British exporters and Malaysian producers of commodities such as palm oil.
“Initially, the UK can assist Malaysia’s world-leading sustainability scheme – the Malaysian Sustainable Palm Oil standard (MSPO). Malaysia welcomes existing EU schemes such as the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) as part of the marketplace. However, MSPO can also be an important part of the future market. If the UK is open to formally recognizing the MSPO scheme, this would be welcomed and celebrated across Malaysia.”
“Post-Brexit, Malaysia stands ready to work with the UK to secure improved market access for our commodity exports, and likewise to welcome UK exports into our market. Here’s to old friends, and new opportunities.”
Read the Minister’s full op-ed online here.