By Business Reporter
KARACHI: Economic Advisor to Terengganu Province in Malaysia Haji Roslin Abdul Rehman has urged the business community of Pakistan to seriously look into the possibility of exporting meat to Malaysia which is a US$2 billion market for meat only, of which only 24 percent was being supplied locally while the rest of the meat was being imported from numerous countries.
“Half of the demand for meat in Malaysia was being fulfilled by importing meat from Australia, Brazil, New Zealand, India, China and Thailand, which are all non-Muslim countries but not a single container of meat was being exported from Pakistan despite the fact that both Muslim countries have been enjoying excellent brotherly relations since many years”, Malaysian Economic Advisor added while exchanging views at a meeting during the visit of Malaysian delegation to KCCI.
President KCCI Junaid Esmail Makda, Vice President Asif Sheikh Javaid, Chairman of Diplomatic Missions & Embassies Liaison Subcommittee Shamoon Zaki, Former Vice President Agha Shahab Ahmed Khan and KCCI Managing Committee Members attended the meeting. Malaysian Economic Advisor stressed that it was a very good opportunity for Pakistani meat exporters hence, they must collaborate with Malaysian business community to effectively penetrate into the Malaysian market.
While referring to PM Imran Khan’s visit to Malaysia, he informed that Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Bin Mohamad will also be visiting Pakistan in the March 2019 while the Malaysian Ministers for Religion and Agriculture will also be here who may endorse any Pakistani slaughter house or any meat processing factory intending to export meat to Malaysia.
He further suggested that Pakistan and Malaysia can also develop a joint global brand for export of Halal meat while Pakistani business community can also export timber products, seafood, fruits and vegetables to Malaysia.
Speaking on the occasion, President KCCI Junaid Esmail Makda assured the Malaysian delegates that the Karachi Chamber will certainly encourage exporters to dispatch meat to Malaysia and would also carry out a study to examine and identify the irritants responsible for zero export of meat from Pakistan to Malaysia.