Mihas 2009 Records Highest Foreign Participation

KUALA LUMPUR, May 6 (Bernama) — The sixth Malaysia
International Halal Showcase (MIHAS) 2009 which took off Wednesday at
the Matrade Exhibition and Convention Centre here has received the
highest number of foreign participation thus far, Minister of
International Trade and Industry Datuk Mustapa Mohamed said.

“This year’s response has been better in terms of number of booths
and foreign participation,” he told Bernama when visiting the
exhibition today.

Among the new countries participating this year are Palestine,
Japan, France and Tunisia who will promote their halal products at the

For Mustapa Atelier des Parfums, a well known perfume company from
France, this is the first time it is exhibiting its world class perfume
at the event.

MIHAS 2009 is a leading exhibition platform for showcasing halal
products and services organised by Malaysia External Trade and
Development Corporation (Matrade).

“It is also a venue for establishing trade ties among participants
in the global halal trade to jointly expand the halal market amid the
current economic downturn,” Mustapa said.

More than 600 buyers from 40 countries have also registered to
participate in the business matching sessions to be held during the

In conjunction with MIHAS 2009, which will end on May 10, the
Halal Industry Development Corporation will also launch the World Halal
2009 Research conference which will end on May 8.

The conference is to serve as an avenue for scientists,
researchers, and academicians to discuss and share ideas on the latest
research findings, technologies and trends as well as challenges facing
the halal industry.