Malaysia has invited Ghana to join the Council of Palm Oil Producing Countries (CPOPC), an intergovernmental organisation looking to tackle challenges faced by the palm oil industry.

Malaysia’s Deputy Primary Industries Minister Shamsul Iskandar Mohd Akin extended the invitation to Ghanaian Deputy Minister for Trade and Industry Robert Ahomka-Lindsey in a phone call, reported Malaysian Daily Express newspaper on 14 August.

“I invited Ghana to join the CPOPC and it looks positive. CPOPC needs to increase its membership,” Shamsul Iskandar told the newspaper.

He added that Ghana was keen to have a more strategic relationship with Malaysia, particularly in the palm oil industry as the African country was interested in Malaysian experience and technical expertise in the field.

Indonesia and Malaysia, the world’s two largest palm oil producers responsible for 85% of global production, founded CPOPC in 2015 as a common platform to promote palm oil and remove trade barriers.