Pak-mal Ha­lal sec­tor

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Pak­istan and Malaysia have a huge po­ten­tial to tap into their re­spec­tive Ha­lal sec­tors. Mu­tual col­lab­o­ra­tion and busi­ness match­mak­ing could help both coun­tries tackle the food se­cu­rity is­sue more com­pe­tently.

“We are keen to ex­plore col­lab­o­ra­tive pos­si­bil­i­ties in Malaysia’s live­stock sec­tor, as well as the ha­lal in­dus­try where Malaysia has the ex­per­tise,” said Pak­istan High Com­mis­sioner to Malaysia, Ma­sood Khalid in an in­ter­view with Malaysia’s sta­te­owned Ber­nama News Agency.

“I ex­pect food se­cu­rity to be one of our main con­cerns go­ing for­ward. As such, both our coun­tries need to start think­ing along those lines,” he said, adding that since Malaysia had devel­oped ex­per­tise in the Ha­lal in­dus­try, it could con­sider join­ing forces with Pak­istan to meet the needs of both coun­tries, as well as other mar­kets in the Mid­dle East.

Com­ment­ing on the good re­la­tions be­tween Pak­istan and Malaysia, Ma­sood Khalid said that greater co­op­er­a­tion be­tween the two coun­tries could be achieved in the fields of ed­u­ca­tion, cul­ture and eco­nom­ics, which would ben­e­fit both na­tions.

“Pak­istan has al­ways sought fur­ther con­sol­i­da­tion and devel­op­ment of friendly and broth­erly ties with Malaysia,” he said. Trade be­tween Malaysia and Pak­istan touched US$2.8 bil­lion in 2011, which was a 14 per cent jump from 2010.

Ma­sood said both coun­tries also shared strong bi­lat­eral re­la­tions and Pak­istani na­tion­als liv­ing in Malaysia had al­ways found the coun­try to be very friendly, hos­pitable and warm. Malaysia at­tracts a large num­ber of tourists and is of­ten cited as a de­sir­able model for eco­nomic devel­op­ment amongst de­vel­op­ing coun­tries.

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