LAHORE A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed on Saturday between University of Veterinary & Animal Sciences (UVAS), Lahore and University of Putra Malaysia (UPM), regarding cooperation in the livestock sector. Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif, Secretary Livestock Jehanzeb Khan, Vice Chairman Punjab Investment Board Rizwan Ahmad Khan, Managing Director Lahore Meat Corporation Dr Hamid Jalil, Chairman Halal Industry Development Corporation Malaysia & former Minister Dr. Syed Jalal-ud-Din Saleem and Vice Chancellor University of Veterinary & Animal Sciences Prof. Dr. Muhammad Nawaz were present at the ceremony held at the Chief Ministers Secretariat. VC UVAS Prof Muhammad Nawaz and Prof Talat Naseer Shah on behalf of Punjab government whereas Deputy Vice Chancellor of University of Putra Malaysia (UPM) Dr Aini Ideeris and Associate Professor Dr. Bashir Ahmad Fateh Muhammad signed the MoU. According to the agreement, cooperation will be extended on mutual exchange of delegations of livestock experts, teachers and students and research projects. Cooperation will also be promoted in the sector of Halal industry. Talking on this occasion, Shahbaz Sharif said Malaysia was Islamic brother country of Pakistan and both the countries had strong friendly relations. He said Malaysia had made progress in different sectors and Pakistan could also benefit from its expertise. He further said Pakistan was rich in natural resources and we could improve the economy of the country by developing these resources. There are vast opportunities of development in livestock sector and not only poverty and unemployment can be eliminated by developing this sector, but huge foreign exchange can also be earned through livestock exports, he said, adding that that this sector was ignored in the past but present government was implementing a comprehensive programme for the development and betterment of this sector. For the first time in the history of the country, first consignment of 25 tones high quality Halal meat has been sent to Malaysia and second consignment of 15 tones will soon be sent. The best slaughter house of the country is being set up in Lahore in collaboration with Iran, he said. To him, the cooperation in the livestock sector between UVAS and University of Putra Malaysia was a good omen, which would help in the development of livestock sector. He also lauded the efforts of VC UVAS and Secretary Livestock for the improvement of livestock sector. Head of the delegation Dr. Syed Jalal-ud-Din Saleem, talking on this occasion, said the agreement of cooperation in livestock sector between universities of Malaysia and Punjab would help in benefiting from experiences of each others. He said the UVAS was playing important role for equipping the students with modern knowledge. He also paid rich tributes to the CM for the steps taken for the development of livestock and education sectors.