Torbjørn Røe Isaksen, Minister of Trade and Industry of Norway, paid a two-days visit to Malaysia on 25-26 February 2019.
The purpose of the visit was to meet Teresa Kok, Malaysian Minister of Primary Industries and the representative from the Malaysian Government and the Norwegian Business Community to learn about palm oil in Malaysia.
H.E. Røe Isaksen arrived in Malaysia on Monday 25 and started the program with the meeting with delegation from Malaysian Government and the Norwegian Business Community.
On the next day, H.E. Røe Isaksen together with Gunn Jorid Roset the Ambassador of Norwegian to Malaysia met Teresa Kok and all of them visited the Sime Darby Plantation in Carey Island where Teresa Kok and H.E. Røe Isaksen exchanged a discussion about palm oil situation in their countries.
Teresa Kok shared with H.E. Røe Isaksen and his delegation a brief overview about palm oil industry and the agricultural practices implemented in Malaysia.
While, H.E. Røe Isaksen emphasized that even though sustainability is very important to Norway, Norway has not introduced a ban on palm and still looked forward to an open dialogue with Malaysian counterparts.
“We would like to thank H.E. Teresa Kok for taking the time to meet with us – and for giving us new perspectives and a better understanding about the industry and the various sustainability efforts that are being put in place.” wrote Royal Norwegian Embassy in Kuala Lumpur.