Indonesia, Malaysia, and EU Form Ad Hoc Joint Task Force on Deforestation-Free Regulation

Following the joint mission carried out by Indonesia and Malaysia to Brussels earlier this year, Indonesia, Malaysia, and the European Union have agreed to establish an Ad Hoc Joint Task Force (JTF) on European Union Deforestation Regulation (EUDR).

The meeting was co-chaired by Dr. Musdhalifah Machmud, Deputy Minister for Food and Agribusiness, Coordinating Ministry for Economic Affairs (CMEA), the Republic of Indonesia, YBhg. Dato’ Mad Zaidi bin Mohd Karli, Secretary General Ministry of Plantation and Commodities (MPC) of Malaysia, and Ms. Astrid Schomaker, Director for Green Diplomacy and Multilateralism, European Commission (EC).

The meeting was facilitated by the Council of Palm Oil Producing Countries (CPOPC) and attended by the representatives and stakeholders of relevant commodities subject to the EUDR.

The Co-Chairs underscored their agreement to seek common interests between producing and consuming countries and therefore, the Ad Hoc JTF is a platform to serve as a consultative mechanism to support coordination and promotion of mutual understanding between Indonesia, Malaysia, and the European Union.

The Ad Hoc JTF aims to address concerns raised by Indonesia and Malaysia pertaining to the implementation of the EUDR and to, identify practical solutions and approaches relevant for the Implementation of the EUDR.

The Ad Hoc JTF will establish a dialogue and relevant workstreams, where deemed useful, led by respective governments to build mutual understanding on the implementation of the regulation and its core aspects, including benchmarking.

Musdhalifah Machmud affirmed that the meeting was held to reach a common understanding and Dato’ Mad Zaidi bin Mohd Karli stressed that cooperation is the way forward and solutions can be inspired by best practices across sectors.

Astrid Schomaker meanwhile expressed her acknowledgment on the progress made by Indonesia and Malaysia on reducing deforestation and welcomed sharing information and further clarification of the regulation.