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Indonesian Embassy and COMSTECH host the International Seminar on the Sustainability of Palm Oil Industry and its Derivative Products.

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Islamabad (Bilal Javaid):– The Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in Islamabad, in collaboration with COMSTECH, organized the International Seminar on the sustainability of the Palm Oil Industry and its Derivative Products at COMSTECH Auditorium, Islamabad, Pakistan.

The seminar aims to raise awareness of the sustainability of palm oil from Indonesia to the Pakistani public and maintain the awareness that palm oil and its derivative products are not harmful to health but beneficial for well-being. This seminar has more potential to explore the untapped potential of palm oil derivatives beyond culinary applications.

In his remarks, COMSTECH Adviser Prof. Dr. Syed Khurshid Hasnain mentioned that COMSTECH has a commitment to supporting the natural products coming from the OIC member countries and expects more applied research on more application of natural products for industrial purposes that could benefit the OIC member countries. He believed that science and technology should be applicable and give more economic benefits to the people.

In his turn, the Indonesian Chargé D’ Affaires (CDA) Rahmat Hindiarta Kusuma underlined the importance of palm oil for Indonesia as it contributes 4.5 percent to the GDP, which absorbs more than 17 million direct and indirect workers. Given its significance, the Government of Indonesia successfully improved the approaches to palm oil production to be more eco-and-labor-friendly.

Please keep up with the Indonesian palm oil in our bilateral trade relations and let us make it a milestone to improve trade volumes between the two countries, CDA said, inviting the Pakistani business community to participate in Trade Expo Indonesia 2024 this October.

The seminar discloses the minerals contained in palm oil are very beneficial for the industry, compared with other vegetable oils, and could be used for raw materials of cosmetics, daily appliances, pharmaceuticals, paints, plastics, and even biofuel. Palm oil is also considered very efficient in cost since it provides a high yield at a very affordable price.

The seminar also showcases the scientific and academic research about the health benefits for palm oil consumers’ reveals that palm oil from Indonesia has sustainable farming standards by putting human rights, deforestation, and the environment as the core of the production process, even contributes to the fulfillment of the Sustainable Development Goals.

The speakers of the seminar are Prof. Dedi Budiman Hakim, Bogor Agricultural Institute; Mr. Rashed Jan Muhammad, President BQATI; Prof. Muhammad Asim Shabir, University of Faisalabad; Mr. Djono Albar Burhan, Indonesia Palm Oil Association; Dr. Humaira Fatima, Quaid-e-Azam University; and Mr. Shahid Pervez, Secretary General of PVMA.

Significant figures of participants from entrepreneurs, scholars, students, and journalists in Pakistan attended the seminar. All participants received goodie bags from Indomie Pakistan. The world’s largest instant noodle brand in Faisalabad, Pakistan, is also a palm oil-based product.

The government of Indonesia and COMSTECH have a successful history of collaboration in advancing science and technology among the OIC member countries. The COMSTECH research fellowship program in virology and vaccine technologies has been held annually since 2022. Both parties are planning to co-organize an exhibition focusing on nutraceuticals and cosmetics made with natural and halal ingredients later this year.

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