Aide Memoire Biofuels Conference _2_

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					     United Nations Industrial Development

      International Conference on
        Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

                5 - 7 July 2007


In association with Malaysia's Ministry of Plantation
Industry and Commodities (MPIC) and Malaysia
Palm Oil Board (MPOB) at Petra World Trade
Centre (PWTC), Kuala Lumpur.

The sharp price increase in fossil fuels in the past years and excerbating global
warming have encouraged the search for new and environment friendly energy
sources. Biofuels, being carbon neutral and a renewable energy, have drawn
substantial attention as a promising alternative to meeting the world's growing energy

An increasing number of countries have been introducing political and regulatory
frameworks to mandate or encourage the use of biofuels for transportation. These
developments at country and regional levels are spurring both global demand and
supply of biofuels, in line with which investments in biofuels production has also
surged sharply. As the result, in the period from 1995 to 2005, the world bioethanol
production has almost doubled from 18,500 Million liters in 1995 to 36,250 Million
liters in 2005 and the world biodiesel production has increased almost 9 times from
400 Million liters in 1995 to 3,500 Million liters in 20051.

The opportunities and challenges in biofuels and its feedstock production, use and
trade are different from one country to another. The potential for biofuels seems to
be particularly large for developing countries in tropical zone, where high crop yields
and lower costs for land/labor - which dominates the cost of these fuels - provide an
economic advantage in production of feedstock for biofuels that is hard for countries
in temperate regions to match2.

However, use of biomass and crop oil for biofuels is a nascent market and emerging
issues in many aspects of biofuels may drastically change today's biofuels landscape.

Technology is one of the areas of emerging. The biofuels conversion technologies
that have been used so far are by and large mature and rather simple technologies.
However, a technological breakthrough is likely to change the competitive situation in
the market overnight in terms of conversion technologies applicable and choices of
biomass feedstock.

While significant increase in demand is expected for biofuels, sustainable production
of biomass as the feedstock is becoming a key concern. This issue may take
different forms such as efficient use of land, competition with biomass for food use,
negative impact from land use change and so forth.

While more countries have been introducing their regulatory frameworks to mandate
or encourage use of biofuels, some countries are reviewing their frameworks already
in place. EU, for example, appears to be considering introduction of a system for
certification of socially and environmentally sustainable production of biomass as a
possible requirement for market access.

Thus, stakeholders at all levels are in the need of up-to-date information and insights
to keep abreast of new developments taking place in various areas of this nascent
global market in pursuit of the opportunities that biofuels offer while addressing the
negative impacts.


 Worldwatch Institute
  "Biofuels for Transportation - Global Potential and Implications for Sustainable Agriculture and Energy in the
21st Century" prepared by Worldwatch Institute for German Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer
Protection (BMELV), in cooperation with the Agency for Technical Cooperation (GTZ) and the Agency of
Renewable Resources (FNR) 2006
International Conference on Biofuels will be organized by Malaysia’s Ministry of
Plantation Industries and Commodities (MPIC) and Malaysia Palm Oil Board (MPOB)
in association with UNIDO on 5 and 6 July 2007 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

The Conference will serve as the platform where participants can deliberate and
exchange views, experiences, information and insights on various aspects of biofuels
that are essentially required for healthy and sustainable investment. The tentative
programme of the Conference is attached. Networking is another benefit the
Conference offers to the participants with diverse backgrounds.

The expected participants in the Conference include growers of biofuels feedstock,
manufacturers of biofuels, traders, users of biofuels, potential investors, financial
institutions, R&D researchers, academicians, policy makers, government officials,
regional and international organizations of inside and outside of Malaysia who pay
registration fee to MPOB.

After the Conference, Special Programmes will be arranged on 7 July 2007 to visit an
oil palm plantation and a palm oil based biodiesel production plant in the vicinity of
Kuala Lumpur followed by the wrap-up meeting among UNIDO staff and its
sponsored participants.


The Conference and the Special Programmes will be conducted in English only.


Conference on 5 - 6 July 2007:
   at Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC), 41, Jalan Tun Ismail, 50480 Kuala Lumpur,
   Malaysia (Telephone: +603-2614-6999 or +603-4043-3999, Fax: +603-4043-
   3777, URL:

Special Programmes on 7 July 2007:
   at Seri Pacific Hotel Kuala Lumpur, Jalan Putra P.O. Box 11468, 50746 Kuala
   Lumpur, Malaysia (Telephone: +603-4042-5555, Fax: +603-4041-7236, URL:


UNIDO invites the heads, or deputies in case of unavailability of the heads, of the
Investment Promotion Agencies (IPAs) of China, Malaysia, Philippines, Indonesia,
Papua New Guinea, Thailand, India, Uganda, Tanzania, Cote d'Ivoire and Ghana to
the Conference and the Special Programmes as participants and will sponsor them
by covering their travel expenses (please refer to the FINANCIAL ARRANGEMENTS

The purpose of invitation and sponsorship by UNIDO is, for sustainable industrial
development of their countries, to offer the IPAs an opportunity:
   i) to enhance awareness of the opportunities and challenges that biofuels offer
        through investment,
   ii) to know the latest developments in the biofuels market and reflect its
        implications on investment,
   iii) to learn from the experiences of Malaysia,
   iv) to network with other IPAs to benefit from exchange of views, information and
        experiences, and
   v) to network with various stakeholders including potential investors.

UNIDO will also invite high ranking officials, responsible for bioenergy, from the
regional organizations/economic communities: African Union (AU) and NEPAD
Secretariat, Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), Economic
Community of Central African States (ECCAS), Economic Community of Western
African States (ECOWAS) and Southern African Development Community (SADC) to
the Conference and the Special Programmes as participants, and will sponsor them
by covering their travel expenses (please refer to FINANCIAL ARRANGEMENTS

The purpose of inviting the regional organization/economic communities of Africa is,
for sustainable development of thier regions, to offer them an opportunity:
    i) to enhance their awareness of the opportunities and challenges that biofuels
         offer for their region,
    ii) to acquire the latest information in various areas of biofuels that may be
         relevant in regional approach toward biofuels,
    iii) to learn from the experiences of Malaysia and develop or broaden the direct
         contacts with the Government of Malaysia and relevant R & D institute e.g.
         Malaysia Palm Oil Board for future cooperation under the concept of South
         South Cooperation
    iv) to learn from the experiences of Asia where legal and regulatory frameworks
         are in place in certain countries and investments in feedstock cultivation and
         biofuels conversion are taking place

This invitation will enable UNIDO to have a direct dialogue with invited IPAs, regional
organizations and economic communities to identify their needs for UNIDO services
in the area of biofuels.


UNIDO will pay for return travel for the most direct and economical route between
home country and Kuala Lumpur for sponsored participants. Sponsored participants
will be offered terminals to cover transportation costs to/from airports and Daily
Subsistence Allowance (DSA), in accordance with UNIDO rules, to cover the costs of
accommodation and meals for the duration of 4 - 8 July 2007.

The registration fee of the Conference is waived for UNIDO sponsored participants.

UNIDO or the organizers will not assume responsibility for any of the following costs,
but not limited to, which may be incurred by the participant when attending the
Conference and the Special Programmes:
       All expenses in the home country incidental to travel abroad, including
       expenditures for passports, visas, and other miscellaneous items, as well as
       internal travel to and from the airport of departure in the home country;
       Any extra expenses (phone, personal expenditures, drinks, excess baggage,
       Salary and social benefits for the participants during the period of the
       Conference and the Special Programmes
       Costs incurred by participants with respect to any insurance, medical bills,
       and hospitalization fees
       Compensation in the event of death, disability or illness
       Loss or damage to personal property
       Purchase of personal belongings and compensation for damages caused to
       them by climatic or other considerations

Flight bookings will be arranged through UNIDO. Sponsored participants should not
purchase their tickets but wait for formal travel authorization and notification of ticket
issuance by UNIDO.         In special circumstances travel arrangement may be
undertaken directly by a sponsored participant subject to UNIDO prior approval.

All sponsored participants will be booked into the following hotel, which is adjacent to
Putra World Trade Centre, for the nights of 4 - 7 July 2007. Sponsored participants
are expected to settle hotel bills by themselves with the DSA received.

Seri Pacific Hotel
Jalan Putra P.O. Box 11468, 50746 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Telephone: +603-4042-5555
Fax: +603-4041-7236


Sponsored participants coming from abroad are kindly requested to arrive at Kuala
Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) on 4 July 2007. Departures therefrom could be
arranged for 8 July 2007. Sponsored participants are requested to make own
arrangement for transportation between KLIA and the Seri Pacific Hotel in Kuala
Lumpur. There is no meeting service at KLIA.


Before leaving the home country, sponsored participants should complete all
formalities regarding entry and transit visas that they may be required of a traveller
for the journey to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and back therefrom.


Mr. Masato TSUKIJI
Senior Industrial Development Officer
United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)
Vienna International Centre
P.O. Box 300
A-1400 Vienna, Austria
Telephone: +43-1-26026-3589
Fax: +43-1-26026-6870

Ms. Claudia KAUFMANN
Project Assistant
United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)
Vienna International Centre
P.O. Box 300
A-1400 Vienna, Austria
Telephone: +43-1-26026-3570
Fax: +43-1-26026-6870