Malaysian Consul General Khairul Nazran Abd Rahman has pledged to supply all palm byproducts to Pakistan at reasonable prices.
He was addressing the annual dinner of Pakistan Soap Manufacturers Association (PSMA) at a local hotel where Malaysian Palm Oil Board Regional Manager Johri Minal and renowned businessman Abdul Rashid Jan Muhammad were also present as guests of honour.
The consulate general said, “We have a very good relationship with all traders of Pakistan and especially the importers of ghee, oil and soap industries. Efforts will be made to further improve bilateral trade volume.”
He said his country would also endeavour to supply all palm byproducts at very reasonable prices so that it is accessible to the general consumers.
Nazran vowed that there would be fruitful talks between the commerce divisions of the two countries so that the businessmen and the people benefit from each other. He reiterated that genuine problems of soap industry related to Malaysia would be solved in an amicable manner and all obstacles would soon be removed in this regard.
Guest of honour Rasheed Jan Mohammad appreciated the services of the PSMA chairman and requested the Malaysian consulate general to play his role in promoting the soap industry of Pakistan.
Earlier, in the welcome address, outgoing PSMA chairman Usman Ahmed said that Malaysia exported raw materials of soap to Pakistan. He also briefed the consul general about the issues facing the soap industry.
Highlighting the importance of the soap industry, he presented the manufacturing data of washing soap, toilet soap, detergent powder, value additions and revenue figures etc.
He also spoke about trade agreements between Pakistan and Malaysia as well as the importance of trade volume under the Free Trade Agreement and Preferential Trade Agreement.
He urged the Malaysian envoy to give maximum facilities to Pakistan’s soap manufacturers, especially when it comes to the issuance of Malaysian visas.
Usman Ahmed also emphasised that Malaysian investors should invest more in Pakistan so that Pakistani products could have better access to the Malaysian market.
Paying vote of thanks at the end, newly-elected PSMA Chairman Zafar Mahmood assured that he would do his utmost to solve the problems of the soap industry.