URUMUQI (Xinjiang): Johor wants to attract China’s Xinjiang-based halal food manufacturers to choose the state as their platform to enter the Asean market.
State Tourism, Trade and Consumerism Committee chairman Datuk Tee Siew Kiong said that from Johor, they could also export their products to the South-East Asian region.
“Johor’s strategic location along the world’s busiest shipping route is an advantage to reach out to not only South-East Asian countries but also markets beyond the region,” he said.
Tee, who led the Johor tourism and trade delegation team to Urumuqi in the Xinjiang autonomous region, said this at a dialogue with the businessmen here.
He said Johor’s close proximity with Singapore, an international trade and financial centre, also offered another advantage for Xinjiang exporters.
Tee said halal food manufacturers from the autonomous region could tap South-East Asian countries with over 620 million population.
He said Iskandar Malaysia in Johor offered good growth prospects for investors from Xinjiang.
“We have a dedicated halal park in Pasir Gudang and the project has attract strong interest from food manufacturers from several countries,” added Tee.
He said the federal and state level authorities would offer their assistance to Xinjiang investors planning to set up operations at the halal park.
Tee said this include getting the Malaysian halal certification, which is recognised worldwide.
Xinjiang Halal Traders and Manufacturers Association chairman Radib Abla hoped that Johor halal food manufacturers would consider using Xinjiang to venture into its neigbouring countries.
“There are over 500 million Muslims in these countries and demand for halal food is growing from Muslim consumers there,” he said.
The countries are Afghanistan, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Pakistan, Russia and Tajikistan.
Radal said the autonomous region with a population of some 25 million, of which 60% are Muslims, offered good opportunities for halal food manufacturers in Johor.
Xinjiang region, located on the northwest of China, is the biggest region in the republic and has a long history as one of the important routes in the ancient Silk Road.
“China’s ambitious One Belt One Road project will revive the importance of the Silk Road and Urumuqi is one of the main points along the route,” he said.
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