KUALA LUMPUR, Halal Industry Development Corporation (HDC) today signed a memorandum of agreement with Kumamoto City of Japan and A-Commerce to develop halal industries in both countries.
A statement issued by HDC on the final day of the two-day World Halal Conference 2014 here today, said following the agreement signed yesterday, all three parties were regarded as strategic partners and halal components and brand would be introduced in the Japanese market.
Kumamoto City is a local government in Japan organised under the Kumamoto Prefecture in Kyushu Island while A-Commerce is a professional business advisor to various local government bodies in Japan which rendered support to the development of the halal industry there.
“The agreement also aims to achieve cooperation and collaboration in areas of common interest and explore opportunities to develop, support and enrich the development of the human capital industry that will be of benefit to both countries.
“Foremost, the scope of collaboration covers the creating of awareness of halal at all levels of endeavour,” it said.
Currently, Japan is Malaysia’s fifth highest trading partner in the halal industry, bringing in an export value of RM1.88 billion last year.