Oman, Malaysia sign accord to cooperate in halal industry

Dato' Seri Jamil Bidin, CEO of HDC, and Hilal bin Hamad al Hasani, CEO of PEIE, exchange the MoU as H E Eng Ali bin Masoud al Sunaidy (2nd L) and Dato' Sri Mustapa Mohamed look on (Muscat Daily)

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Public Establishment for Industrial Estate (PEIE) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Halal Development Corporation (HDC) of Malaysia on Sunday for the development of the halal industry in the sultanate.

Under the agreement, HDC, which is the premier agency for the development of the halal food industry in Malaysia, will provide technical assistance and training for the development of a halal food industrial park to be set up in the sultanate.

The MoU was exchanged between Hilal bin Hamad al Hasani, CEO of PEIE, and Dato' Seri Jamil Bidin, CEO of HDC.

An 82-member Malaysian delegation under the leadership of Dato' Sri Mustapa Mohamed, Minister of International Trade and Industry, is on a two-day visit to Oman to promote bilateral trade, investment and tourism relations with the sultanate

Speaking at a seminar on 'Malaysia-Oman Business Opportunities,' at Crowne Plaza on Sunday, H E Eng Ali bin Masoud al Sunaidy, Minister of Commerce and Industry, said that the agreement with Malaysia on halal development will allow Omani companies to produce halal products to target Asian countries and Europe for exports.

He said, “Malaysia was one of the first nations to identify the need for halal stamps on food products. In Oman, we not only need to equip ourselves with halal stamps and certifications practices, but be able to take these practices further within this region.”

He added that Malaysian food companies should look at Oman as a warehouse where they can store goods and deliver in the market. “If Oman becomes a good warehouse for food products it will be very much in line with our food security policies,” H E Sunaidy added.

The Malaysian minister said that Oman has huge potential for development of the halal industry and exporting to GCC markets, Europe and the US.

Speaking to reporters, PEIE CEO Hasani said that plans are afoot to set up a halal food industrial park in the sultanate which is expected to be ready by the end of 2013.

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