Hanoi (VNA) – Malaysia’s Halal Industry Development Corporation (HDC) is urging Japanese firms to use Malaysia as a gateway to Muslim markets across the region and in the Middle East.

During a recent seminar on Halal food in Kuala Lumpur, HDC CEO Jamil Bin Bidin said the company not only produces food and beverages but also has logistic and financing services.

He hoped Japanese companies would help to narrow the gap in Halal supply and demand in the global market.

By positioning Malaysia as a centre of Halal trade, Jamil said, Japanese companies can look for more opportunities to sell to the global Muslim population of about 1.8 billion.-VNA