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Malaysia continues working relationship with Japan to advance halal trade initiatives

Publish date: Sat, 24 Feb 2024, 08:03 AM

KUALA LUMPUR (Feb 23): The Halal Development Corporation Bhd (HDC) hosted a roundtable session titled “Connecting the halal ecosystem between Japan and Malaysia” in Osaka, Japan, aimed at bolstering trade, investment and fostering quality employment opportunities between the two countries.

HDC, in a statement on Friday, said the session, which was held in conjunction with Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi’s seven-day working visit to Japan, was attended by 20 representatives from distinguished Japanese companies.

“Osaka, renowned as Japan’s second-largest industrial zone, emerged as the strategic focal point for this collaborative effort, due to its immense potential for the growth and development of the halal industry.

“With Malaysia positioned as a global leader in the halal ecosystem, the delegation’s visit to Osaka underscores a concerted effort to harness the synergies between the two nations, advancing halal trade and increasing halal quality employment, especially in preparation for the World Expo Osaka 2025,” the statement read.

In the same statement, HDC chairman Khairul Azwan Harun was quoted as saying that the roundtable session served as a platform to forge meaningful connections, drive innovation and propel halal trade to unprecedented heights.

“The choice of Osaka as the cornerstone of our mission reflects our unwavering commitment to unlocking the vast potential of the halal industry.

“We are thrilled to witness the fruits of our anticipation taking shape, as we embark on this journey of collaboration and growth,” he said.

On Thursday (Feb 22), Malaysia and Japan signed two memoranda of understandings (MOUs) to strengthen halal trade, investment and quality employment in the sector in the “Land of the Rising Sun”, and to enhance bilateral trade relations between the two countries in the halal industry.

The first MOU was between HDC and AEON Co (M) Bhd, aiming to promote Malaysian halal products in Japan, while the second was between HDC and Japan Halal Association (JHA), aiming to enhance the halal infrastructure and certification in Japan.

The signing ceremony was witnessed by Ahmad Zahid - who is also chairman of the Malaysia Halal Industry Development Council, and Khairul Azwan.

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