Farzana Zahir, the Maldivian High Commissioner to Pakistan, recently invited Pakistani businessmen to join the Malaysian tourism and hospitality sector, adding that both offer good investment opportunities.
In the tourism and hospitality sector, the Maldives has an occupancy rate of 74 percent, which she says provides a high return on investment (ROI).
She said so in an interview with the Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI). She further revealed that the Maldives were looking to diversify their sources of imports of construction materials, such as cement and steel, to meet the rising demand for halal products.
FPCCI Chairman Irran Iqbal Sheikh said halal Pakistani food exports to the Maldives, including fresh fruits and vegetables, processed and semi-processed foods, dry fruits, organic snacks, rice and halal meat, are in high demand.
In the Maldivian market, he added, Pakistani food products could compete with their fair prices, quality and taste.