Pakistan, UAE to sign treaty on export of Halal products

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Pakistan and United Arab Emirates have been working on a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for the export of Halal products to the UAE that will be signed “very soon,” a senior official at the Pakistan National Accreditation Council (PNAC) said.

The Consensus was reached between Pakistani Science and Technology Minister Shibli Faraz and UAE Ambassador to Pakistan Hamad Obaid Ibrahim Salem Al-Zaabi at a meeting held in Islamabad earlier this week. The MoU will be signed between Pakistan’s PNAC and the Emirates Authority for Standardization and Metrology(ESMA).

“We have already started work on the draft of the MoU and it will be signed very soon after approval of the draft from both countries,” PNAC Director-General Ismat Gul Khattak told Arab News.

“Both sides were very keen to process it as soon as possible,” She said, adding that she received a call from ESMA to discuss further details shortly after the meeting between Faraz and the UAE Ambassador.

The main requirement of the UAE was that the products should strictly comply with their Halal certification standards, she said.

“We have a very good system and our certification already fulfilled their maximum requirements,” Khattak said. So, we are hopeful that through this MoU, all regulatory requirements will be fulfilled and trade of Halal products will substantially increase between two countries.”

After this MoU, she said, Pakistan would also approach other Gulf cooperation countries since they had almost similar requirements.

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