ISLAMABAD (APP) - The Livestock and Dairy Development Department of Punjab has invited senior management of Malaysias Halal Industry Corporation (HDC) to visit Pakistan. The invitation is to forge cooperation between the two countries in the growing business of halal products around the world. Secretary Livestock and Dairy Development Department Punjab asked the Commercial Counselor for Pakistan High Commission in Malaysia, Wajiullah Kundi for extending an invitation to HDC Malaysia to visit Pakistan to see the world class halal paraphernalia being setup in Pakistan. It also said to forge cooperation between the two countries to adopt a mutually beneficial joint strategy to capture halal food market estimated at US$ 1.3 trillion, said a message received here on Tuesday. It is expected to achieve double-digit growth every five years due to rising prosperity among the Muslim countries. While commenting on the invitation, the High Commissioner for Pakistan in Malaysia, Lt General (Retd) Tahir Mahmud Qazi said the meeting of two departments in Pakistan would provide a unique opportunity to evaluate each other strengths. It would also help to evolve a common strategy to benefit from growing market of Halal products around the world. The High Commissioner said that Malaysian expertise in Halal food technology and Halal certification authority coupled with Pakistans raw material like meat, milk, poultry, and food grain can get a bigger share in the international market. The government of Pakistan has already announced a 50 per cent subsidy in order to enable businessmen and producers to explore the Halal market which offers a huge potential to Pakistani products, he added. HDC of Malaysia was established in 2006 to co-ordinate the overall development of the Halal industry with its main focus to develop Halal standards, audit and certification, capacity building for Halal products. It was develop to promote and facilitate growth and participation of Malaysian companies in the global Halal market. The companys key focus is to unity the Malaysias Halal industry players to form the basis of a global halal community.