The Indonesian Palm Oil Association (GAPKI) will attend an upcoming summit on the development of the oil palm sector at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, the Jakarta Post reported last week. GAPKI chairman Joko Supriyono is scheduled to speak on September 06 about the actions and roles of business people related to sustainability issues of the commodity, the largest contributor to the country’s foreign exchange. It is the country’s main non-oil and gas export, contributing USD18.5 billion in exports last year and absorbs more than 5 million workers.
GAPKI and representatives of the Indonesian government are attending the summit by invitation from the UNDP, which has initiated reforms on substainability issues in select economic sectors. Representatives of the Brazilian and Liberian governments as well as business leaders were also invited.