The Dubai Airport Freezone Authority (DAFZA) and Malaysia's Halal Industry Development Corporation (HDC) have signed an agreement to collaborate on halal development initiatives.
According to a statement, a Joint Working Committee will be formed to address the partnership's objectives, which include the development of a halal compliance infrastructure in Dubai, the facilitation of the participation and growth of companies involved in the halal trade through a hub-to-hub network, the easing of market acess and entry of Malaysian and Asian companies into the GCC and broader MENA region, and supporting investments between the UAE and Malaysia.
DAFZA was launched in 1996 to deal with import and export trade and services. It is the governing body that administers trade licences and visas to international companies wanting to do business from Dubai within the freezone. It works with other Dubai authorities to faciliate business and trade for its freezone, including Dubai Chamber and Dubai Customs.
HDC was set up in 2006 and coordinates the overall development of the halal industry in Malaysia. It is an agency under Malaysia's Ministry of International Trade and Industry.