TEHRAN (Iran News) –Director General of Islamic Chamber Research and Information Center of Iran (ICRIC) Mr. Mohammad Reza Karbasi in meeting with an auditing team from Department of Islamic Development Malaysia (JAKIM) said that Iran’s exports to Malaysia comparing to its imports is very insignificant and export of halal food can be an appropriate capacity for solving this problem.
In the meeting, Karbasi pointed to the imports of Iran from Malaysia last year which was $565m, adding that the value of Iran’s exports to Malaysia in the same period was just $82m while potentials of Iran’s food industries and other Iranian exporting products are higher than this amount and it is possible to balance the trade between Tehran and Kuala Lumpur with using the exporting opportunities for halal food.
He noted that neighboring countries of Iran have not made most of Iran’s absence in Malaysia’s market. He invited all active Iranian companies in the field of food industries to join the ICRIC and use its special services for exports to Islamic countries, adding that it will be good if Malaysian officials provide the ground for developing exports to Malaysia’s market either those products which need to have halal certificates or other required products of the country.
Karbasi reiterated that no non-halal product is produced in Iran or imported, adding that countries with non-Muslim minorities like Malaysia can take advantage of this capacity and its field studies will cost very low.
He then noted that ICRIC uses all standards approved by SMIIC which is affiliated to the OIC in halal auditing processes and controlling halal.
Meanwhile JAKIM’s representative Bint Hamza, for his part, termed positive the cooperation with the ICRIC and welcomed cooperation for visiting some Iranian dairy-producing companies.
He then pointed to some standards which should be observed in Malaysia especially in the halal sector and in slaughtering.
He reiterated that despite the presence of different community and population in the country like Chinese and Indians and Malaysia Government insists on import of halal products and it should also be healthy and meet the demands of the Muslim community in the country.