Pak-mal Halal sector
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.