First meeting of the Joint Russia-Malaysia Commission on
Economic, Scientific and Technical and Cultural Cooperation chaired by Minister
of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation Denis Manturov and Minister of Economic Affairs
of Malaysia Mohamed Azmin Ali took place on October 2 in Moscow.
Adviser to the Head of the Rosselkhoznadzor Vasily Lavrovsky
took part in the event.
In the course of the meeting, the parties discussed vital
issues of trade and economic cooperation of Russia and Malaysia and
mainstreaming of joint projects in commerce, agriculture, power industry,
transportation, communications, IT technologies, education and tourism.
Taking into account a high level of industrial development
of Malaysia the parties defined the following priorities in their cooperation: aerospace
industry, IT technologies, machine industry and chemical industry. Cooperation
in cybersecurity, IT-based production and government control were also touched
upon and in this regard the Rosselkhoznadzor could share its experience in
creation and operation of information systems to prevent animal disease spread
and trace movements of regulated goods.
The Russian party stressed that success in food trade will
depend on the relationships between Russian and Malaysian veterinary and
phytosanitary services and informed that it was ready to propose a wide range
of agricultural products to Malaysian consumers, that is primarily wheat, beef,
pork, poultry, diary products and sea products.
Mohamed Azmin Ali proposed to increase exports of fish
and sea products, as well as certified halal products to Russia.
The Commission meeting resulted in a signed protocol, which
envisages, among other things, the enhanced interactions between the
Rosselkhoznadzor and Malaysian surveillance authorities aimed at the provision
of market access for poultry from accredited Russian establishments,
certification of edible fish products, and harmonization of export certificates
for beef, poultry and dairy products, including halal certificate. The
Malaysian party will provide updated national requirements for safety of
imported fish, honey and apiculture products, pork and pig products and poultry
In its turn, the Russian party will provide its decision
related to the procedure of fish processing establishment inspection and
accreditation, interested in export of their products to Russia upon the
request of Malaysian surveillance authorities.