Deal inked to boost supply of local bird’s nest products


  • Metro News
  • Monday, 29 Jun 2020

Tan (left) and Dr Ch’ng exchanging documents after signing the MOU.

A MEMORANDUM of understanding (MOU) between the Chinese Academy of Inspection and Quarantine Test Innovation Malaysia Service Centre (CAIQ) and Federation of Malaysia Bird’s Nest Merchants Association is set to bolster the supply of locally sourced bird’s nest products.

Federation president Allen Tan said the collaboration with CAIQ would bring greater convenience to Malaysian bird’s nest entrepreneurs and the one-stop service centre could provide more accurate information to them.

CAIQ will provide inspection, filing and traceability services for high-quality commodities, including bird’s nests, as well as agricultural products, aquatic products, pre-packed food, health food and cosmetics in Malaysia.

The MOU was signed at the newly opened CAIQ service centre in Shah Alam, Selangor, by Tan on behalf of the federation and CAIQ chief executive Dr Ch’ng Soo Ee.

In a video-recorded speech during the ceremony, CAIQ president Li Xinshi expressed optimism at the prospects of the centre’s establishment, which he hoped would promote the export of high-quality Malaysian products to China.

Tan emphasised on CAIQ’s important role in overcoming the illegal traceability in the grey markets.

He hoped that the collaboration could support bird’s nest farmers and help them understand the technology behind the business and provide more solutions to manufacturers and exporters.

Other representatives of the federation were present along with representatives of Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) to further discuss future collaborations after a visit to CAIQ’s in-house laboratory.

An announcement was also made that MDEC, social media platform Weibo, CAIQ and the association would hold a webinar on “Understanding Export Requirements and Power of China’s Social Media in Driving Demand of Bird’s Nest in China” on July 2.

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