Malaysian Palm Oil Council signed pacts with edible oil industry body Solvent Extractors' Association and Mumbai Dabbawala Association (MDA) to promote palm oil in India. MPOB also joined hands with Association of Food Scientists and Technologies India Mumbai Chapter and Institute of Chemical Technology (ICT).
The memorandums of understanding (MoUs) were exchanged in the presence of Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi and Malaysian Prime Minister Mohd Najib Tun Abdul Razak. During his 6 day visit, PM Najib met with Pranab Mukherjee, President of India; Hamid Ansari, Vice President of India, External Affairs Minister of India Sushma Swaraj and held bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Modi.
The MoUs between MPOC and Mumbai Dabbawala Association (MDA) covers various areas of cooperation like educating consumers on usage, nutritional and health properties of palm oil. "With their outreach to the common man (consumers) by way of distribution of daily meal boxes, the Dabbawalas are in a unique position to assist MPOC to further enhance the image of Malaysian palm oil and bring to attention the positive nutritional attributes of palm oil among its clients," the statement said.
MPOC, having its registered office in kuala lumpur, seeks to collaborate with trade organizations in India to promote and create opportunities for the greater acceptance of Malaysian palm oil among Indian consumers, food manufacturers and other end-users.
In the context of the two countries commemorating the 60th anniversary of India-Malaysia diplomatic relations, the two leaders hailed the strong bonds of friendship forged through shared historical, cultural and social ties between the two countries and their peoples. The presence of a very large Indian-origin community in Malaysia and their significant participation in the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas serve to bring the two countries even closer.