ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s High Commissioner to Malaysia has said that Pakistan and Malaysia have potential in tapping their respective halal sectors. He added that mutual collaboration and business matchmaking to this end could easily help both countries tackle food security issues. “We are keen to explore possibilities for collaboration in Malaysia’s livestock sector, as well as the halal industry where Malaysia has expertise,” said Masood Khalid, in an interview with Malaysia’s state-owned Bernama News Agency here in Kuala Lumpur. “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 an expertise in the halal industry, it could consider combining forces with Pakistan to meet the needs of both countries. Trade between Malaysia and Pakistan touched $2.8 billion last year, which was a 14% jump from 2010.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 16th, 2012.