News From : DagangHalal.com (17 Dec 2009)
ISLAMABAD-Malaysian Minister for Agriculture and Agro based industry, Datuk Seri Noh bin Haji Omar has said that Malaysia would extend cooperation to Punjab, the largest province of Pakistan in term of population, for the development of various sectors and added that his country was interested in launching joint ventures with the province.
He was speaking on the occasion of the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the Punjab government and Malaysia for cooperation in agriculture and livestock sectors at the Chief Minister’s Secretariat yesterday (16.12.2009)
Present on the occasion were, Senior Minister Raja Riaz Ahmad, High Commissioner for Pakistan Lt. General (Retd) Tahir Mahmud Qazi, Malaysian High Commissioner in Pakistan, and Punjab Agriculture Secretary Cap (R) Arif Nadeem.
Livestock Secretary Jehanzeb Khan and Managing Director of Shah Zain Company of Malaysia Hashim Abdullah signed the MoU.
Datuk Seri Noh bin Haji Omar while speaking on the occasion said that Malaysia would extend cooperation to Punjab for the development of various sectors and added that his country was interested in launching joint ventures with the province. He also invited traders of Punjab to participate in Malaysian Agro-Expo.
While speaking on the occasion, Chief Minister of Punjab Mian Shahbaz Sharif said that Malaysia and Pakistan have deep-rooted relations and both the countries could utilise vast opportunities of bilateral cooperation in industrial, trade, agriculture, education and sectors.
The chief minister said the Punjab was rich in natural resources and there was a wide scope of investment in various sectors. He said Punjab and Malaysia could launch joint ventures in the livestock and agri products and the Punjab could supply Halal meat to Malaysia as it was importing 60 percent Halal meat from India and the remaining from other countries.
He said the Punjab and Malaysia could start a joint meat processing project and public-private partnership could be promoted in this regard.