The  world’s biggest producer of crude palm oil, plans to stop exporting the raw commodity eventually, shipping refined products instead. The country needs to be bold in stopping shipments of raw materials, despite the risk of lawsuits at the World Trade Organization.

President Joko Widodo said in a video uploaded to the official channel “At some point, we must stop exports of crude palm oil, it should be in the form of cosmetics, margarine, biodiesel and other processed products,”.

Southeast Asia’s largest economy has been seeking to climb up the commodities value chain, banning exports of unrefined copper and later nickel ores while requiring miners to invest in local smelters. The European Union has sought to challenge the export restrictions at the WTO.

Jokowi said , Indonesia should prepare “world-class lawyers” in anticipation of any legal action.


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