Indonesian Association of Palm Oil Producers (GAPKI) said on Monday that the third Borneo Palm Oil Forum to discuss the opportunities and challenges in the palm oil sector in Kalimantan, the Indonesian part of Borneo island, will be held in West Kalimantan in March 2019.

Announcing the forum that is better known simply as the “Borneo Forum” on its official website, GAPKI said that the event will take place in Pontianak, the capital of West Kalimantan province on March 21-29, 2019.

This year’s forum will take the theme of “Opportunities and Challenges in the Development of a Sustainable Palm Oil Industry in Kalimantan”. The annual forum is jointly organized by the GAPKI chapters in West, Central, South and East Kalimantan.

The first two Forum were both held in East Kalimantan province.

GAPKI said that the agenda of the forum this year will include a seminar to discuss the various latest aspect of the industry in Kalimantan, an exhibition and a business exchange and consultation event.

The forum is a platform for all palm oil industry stakeholders to discuss hot issues in the palm oil sector in Kalimantan, up to the action plan level.

Borneo Forum aims at reaching a sharing of views between stakeholders on main issues such as productivity, replanting and its funding, financial sustainability, down streaming and the opportunities and challenges faced by the industry.

Coordinating Minister for the Economy Darmin Nasution is scheduled to give a keynote speech while among the speakers are Director General for Plantation Bambang  Wahyu Dwiantoro, Chairman of the Palm Oil Fund Management Board Dono Boestami, Nazir Fuad who heads the Peat Restoration Agency and Supiandi Sabiham, Chairman of the Indonesian Peat Society.

Also scheduled to speak were a number of senior officials, the head of the Indonesian Sustainable Palm Oil secretariat, a number of business executives, as well as peat researcher from Sarawak.

Kalimantan is one of the main centers of palm oil production in Indonesia

The Second Borneo Forum in 2018 was attended by stakeholders such as planters, smallholders, the management staff of palm oil companies, regulators, practitioners, representatives of supporting industries and observers, including academics and researchers.

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