Malaysia urged to tap EU demand for green products

Posted on June 9, 2010. Filed under: Environmental Economics |

-The Star- KUCHING: Malaysian exporters of environment friendly and renewable products should take advantage of the strong demand in European Union (EU) markets, said Malaysia External Trade Development Corp (Matrade) trade commissioner in France Nurdiana Abdullah.

She said green products commanded a niche market despite the austerity drive by most EU nations to cut their spendings due to the financial crisis.

Nurdiana was responding to a question on whether it was the right time to do business in France in the light of the Euro zone crisis during a “Business opportunities in France” seminar yesterday.

She said the export of food products to the EU would not be affected as long as exporters complied with its requirements.

“There is a huge potential for halal food as there are about six million Muslims in France,” Nurdiana said during her presentation at the seminar.

She said there was strong demand for rubber products like medical, household and industrial gloves in France.

Malaysia’s main exports to France are electronic and electrical products (printed circuits and semiconductors), rubber products, machinery, appliances, pumps, comnpressors and parts, wood products and crude rubber.

Nurdiana said Matrade Paris could arrange business meetings for Malaysian exporters and businesses and also provide them with market intelligence reports.

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