China looks at Malaysia to develop halal industry

Posted on May 3, 2008

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By JACK WONG, the star, Malaysia,

KUCHING: China, which has more than 18 million Muslims, is looking to Malaysian companies for collaboration to develop its halal food and consumer goods industries.

Vice-Consul (Economic and Commercial) of the China Consulate in Kuching Ma Yu said the Chinese Government had provided preferential policies and financial support to foreign investors in the development of the halal food and consumer goods industries in the country’s western region.

”It has set up a halal food and goods industrial base in Ningxia,” he added in a paper presented at a ”Business opportunities in China” at Kuching Hilton on Wednesday.

The event was jointly organised by the Malaysia External Trade Development Corp (Matrade) and Federation of Malaysian Manufacturers (FMM) Sarawak.

Ma said Malaysian and Saudi Arabian business delegations had taken part in the annual halal food and goods exhibition in Xining, capital city of Qinghai Province, last year.

He hoped that more Malaysian companies could participate in this year’s expo in September.
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