Malaysia addressing inaccurate claims in EU draft palm oil report

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia is addressing “inaccurate” points in the European Parliament’s draft report on palm oil usage and sustainability, and will submit its views to the European side tomorrow.
Malaysia would also be sending a delegation to Brussels, Belgium next week to discuss the matter with members of the European Parliament (MEPs), said Malaysian Palm Oil Council (MPOC) chief executive officer Dr Kalyana Sundram.
The 200-odd page draft report titled “Study on the environmental impact of palm oil consumption and on existing sustainability standards” was produced after the European Parliament’s resolution on April 4 to phase out unsustainable palm oil and other vegetable oils by 2020.
The European Parliament had also endorsed the certified sustainable palm oil (CSPO) plan for Europe-bound vegetable oil exports to ensure that they are produced in an environmentally sustainable way.
“There are lots of claims or citations in [the draft report] which we find are not 100% accurate or not generally relevant to the scenario in Malaysia,” said Kalyana.
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KeTTHA aims to generate RM1.6b in business leads via IGEM 2017

KUALA LUMPUR: The Ministry of Energy, Green Technology and Water (KeTTHA) is targeting to generate RM1.6 billion in business leads through its annual and eighth edition of the International Greentech & Eco Products Exhibition & Conference Malaysia (IGEM 2017).
"As urban populations continue to rise, it is becoming increasingly important to create sustainable living spaces through ecological innovations and practices,” said KeTTHA’s acting deputy minister, Datuk Seri SK Devamany in a statement.
“This year’s theme of Powering Green Cities not only reflects this necessity, but also ties in seamlessly with Malaysia’s TN50 aspiration of creating a greener future whereby cities are powered by renewable energy, people commute via electric and energy efficient vehicles as well as live and work in green buildings.”
“In fact, we expect to attract 25,000 trade visitors from over 20 countries this year, and is aiming to generate RM1.6 billion in business leads.”
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MRT pacu ekonomi

Selepas 60 tahun mencapai kemerdekaan, Malaysia melakar kemajuan pesat dengan pelaburan menjadi penggerak kepada pertumbuhan perniagaan yang lebih mampan dan memacu ke arah kemantapan ekonomi negara.
Landskap pelaburan di Malaysia sememangnya sudah berada di tahap membanggakan kerana setiap tahun angka tarikan pelaburan sama ada asing mahupun domestik mengalami pertumbuhan.
 
Negara merekodkan pelaburan berjumlah RM207.9 bilion sepanjang 2016 menerusi sektor perkilangan, perkhidmatan dan sektor utama, meningkat 7.7 peratus berbanding RM193 bilion bagi tahun sebelumnya.
 
Kesannya mudah dilihat berdasarkan penawaran pekerjaan kepada rakyat tempatan, selain peningkatan eksport negara apabila Malaysia menjadi hab perniagaan pelabur asing yang beroperasi di negara ini.
Pada masa sama, pelabur asing biasanya menilai sesuatu lokasi perniagaan mereka sebelum melabur bersandarkan kepada geopolitik yang stabil, ekonomi positif dan persekitaran yang boleh menyokong atau memudahkan operasi perniagaan mereka.
Selain itu, persekitaran mesra pelabur, pengangkutan awam yang moden dan efektif turut memainkan peranan penting bagi mencerminkan Malaysia sebuah lokasi perniagaan bertaraf antarabangsa.
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6 MPs to defend palm oil-based biofuel against EU

Six Malaysian lawmakers will visit Europe next month to counter the European Union’s (EU) proposed resolution to curb the use of palm oil-based biofuel by 2020.
Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister Datuk Seri Mah Siew Keong (picture) said the September visit would come just after summer (in Europe) in order to leverage on the most number of EU lawmakers and officials.
“We are getting dates that are mutually agreeable to the most number of organisations and EU MPs.
“The purpose of our six MPs’ visit to Europe is to engage with them, answer their questions and clear their doubts…and to provide them with the full facts and figures on the palm oil industry,” he told a press conference after attending a luncheon organised by the EU-Malaysia Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.
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EUMCCI Launches Europa Awards for Sustainability 2017

The EUMCCI (EU-Malaysia Chamber of Commerce & Industry) recently held the launch of the Europa Awards for Sustainability 2017 at the Sheraton Imperial in Kuala Lumpur. The Awards seek to recognize companies that have shown exemplary business excellence in the field of sustainability and contributed to the long term benefit of Malaysian society and economy.
EUMCCI’s flagship Europa Awards returns in 2017 with a new and more comprehensive range of award categories consistent with the European Union’s sustainable development values. There are seven featured categories in total, including Best Sustainability Reporting, Best Innovation in Sustainability, Best Social Impact, Best Environment Impact, and Best Sustainability Leader (awarded to individuals).
In order to execute the awards with greater authoritative standing, EUMCCI has joined forces with KPMG Malaysia to provide the necessary skills and logistics for evaluating shortlisted companies and nominating the winners. Ms. Kasturi Nathan, Advisory Partner and Head of Sustainability of KPMG, expressed the auditor’s excitement to collaborate on this initiative for the crucial values that it promotes.
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EU Akan Sambung Kembali FTA Dengan Malaysia Tahun Ini

KUALA LUMPUR -- Rundingan Perjanjian Perdagangan Bebas (FTA) Malaysia-Eropah (EU) yang terhenti, akan disambung semula tahun ini, kata Duta Besar yang juga Ketua Delegasi EU ke Malaysia, Maria Castillo-Fernandez.
Beliau berkata Ketua Perunding Negara Anggota EU akan membuat pelancaran semula cadangan rundingan semula itu bulan depan di Brussels, Belgium, bagi menentukan 'bila dan bagaimana'.
Castillo-Fernandez berkata Malaysia dan EU mempunyai asas kukuh untuk memuktamadkan rundingan dalam tempoh masa yang munasabah.

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