Once again, RSPO spoke at the ICE-PO 2013 that was held in Jakarta Convention Center Indonesia on 7-9 May 2013 in Jakarta. Now in its fourth year, this year’s ICE-PO carried the theme ‘Palm Oil Industry for Planet and Prosperity’, and was held to respond to the rapid growth of the palm oil industry in recent years to fulfill the demand of civilization as food, chemical and renewable energy, which brought new opportunities and challenges that require up-to-date information. ICE-PO 2013 aims to create a continual platform for the industry players to exchange information, ideas, and experience among producers, manufacturers, traders, consumers of palm oil products, and all other stakeholders. The event also provides a unique opportunity to review the advances in palm oil development, analyze and overcome challenges faced by the industry.
RSPO was granted two speaking opportunities at two of the Conference’s key panel discussions. The first panel discussion was on the first day with a theme ‘Indonesian Palm Oil Challenges towards People Prosperity and Environmentally Friendly’, where RSPO Advisor Prof. Dr. Bungaran Saragih and RSPO Indonesia Director Desi Kusumadewi jointly spoke on ’RSPO and Smallholders: Progress and Challenges in Indonesia’. On the last day of the Conference, RSPO Secretary General Darrel Webber sat on a panel discussion on ‘Sustainable Palm Oil’ next to the representatives from the Indonesian Ministry of Agriculture and Greenpeace, where he presented the key progresses of RSPO globally.