BIZ TODAY REPORT
KARACHI: Technical seminar by Malaysian Palm Oil Board “MPOB Technical Seminar (MTecS) on “Oils & Fats – The Heart of Food Industry” was inaugurated by chief guest for this seminar His Excellency Mr. Khair-ul-Nazran Abdul Rahman, Consul General of Malaysia here at Mövenpick Hotel, Karachi today i.e. 25th October 2018.
Formal inauguration was done by His Excellency Mr. Khair-ul-Nazran Abdul Rahman, Consul General of Malaysia who in his opening remarks said; “Malaysia and Pakistan have been friends and partners since we established our relations back in 1957. Malaysia is appreciative of Pakistan for being one of the earliest countries in the globe that recognized Malaysia’s independence in 1957. Since then we have been collaborating in various spectrums of bilateral and multilateral activities, which do not only confine to our political and economic spheres, but also on other areas of strategic importance particularly defence, education, tourism and technical assistance.
I would like to enlighten that our bilateral trade has been encouraging in the past few years. In 2017 bilateral trade increased by 3.5% to RM5.76 Billion from RM 5.56 Billion in 2016. Palm Oil and Palm products remain Malaysia’s major export to Pakistan with an estimated intake of 1.02 million tonnes of Malaysian palm products in 2017. During the period of 2017 Pakistan was fourth largest importer of Palm Products after India, European Unition and China. Pakistan also emerged as an important market for Palm Kernel Cake which is used as an ingredient for animal fats. In 2017 Pakistan imported 0.3 tonnes of Palm Kernel Cake and was fourth behind New Zealand, European Union and South Korea. I would like to encourage Pakistan to engage Malaysia more in its economic activities. We both have similarities and our chemistries also match. Both countries have new governments. We Malaysians want a new Malaysia that upholds the principle of fairness, good governance, integrity, and rule of law. We want Malaysia to be friend of all enemy of none. We Malaysians feel that Pakistan is on same direction too, CG said.
Inauguration ceremony was graced by speeches from Mr. Muhammad Rafiq Rangoonwala, President of Pakistan Food Association (PFA) and by Mr. Rasheed Jan Mohammed from Pakistan Vanaspati Manufacturers Association (PVMA).
Immediately after inauguration speech seminar was formally started. This seminar was divided into two sessions ‘General Session’ chaired by Professor Dr. Assad Saeed followed by ‘Technical Session’ chaired by Professor Dr. Rashida Ali, Chairman Department of Food Science & Technology at Jinnah University of Women.
During the ‘general session’ which was chaired by Professor Dr. Assad Saeed and during this session many top of the line experts shared their views on subject. Dr. Ahmad Perveez Ghulam Kadir from Deputy Director General at Malaysian Palm Oil Board, Mr. Muhammad Omer Qasim Omerson CEO LQ Foods, Dr. Syed Muhammad Ghufran Saeed from Sindh Food Authority and finally Mufti Muhammad Najeeb Khan from Hira Foundation School shared their expert opinions and that concluded the general session of this technical seminar.
Up next was the ‘Technical session’ which was chaired by Professor Dr. Rashida Ali many highly acclaimed scholars and technical experts shared their views and their expertise which included Engineer Akhtar Ali Bughio, Director at Pakistan Standards & Quality Control Authority (PSQCA), Dr. Miskandar Mat Sahri, Head of Protein and Food Technology Unit, MPOB, Mr. Nadeem Jameel Head of Quality Control at IFFCO Pakistan and also a member of PSQCA technical committee, Mr. Johari Minal Regional Manager of MPOB and also consul at Malaysian Consulate in Karachi and finally by Mr. Nabeel Javed from Pakistan Biscuit & Confectionary Manufacturers Association.
On the concluding note Dr. Ahmad Perveez Ghulam Kadir from Deputy Director General at Malaysian Palm Oil Board thanked all the distinguished guests, technical experts, participants of the event and members of press for attending this highly informative and technical session and hoped that these type of events will continue from here on.