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Eyeing Australia for food processing materials

Ghanim International Corporation Sdn Bhd (Ghanim) plans to import raw materials and ingredients for its agri-food processing from Australia, including meat.

The high quality inputs will enable Brunei Darussalam to produce premium halal products to meet local demand as well as exports into the international market, said Chief Executive Officer of Ghanim International Corporation Dr Nur Rahman during a visit by Australian government officials to the Brunei Food Industry Development (BFID) Multipurpose Processing Facility in Salambigar recently.

The Ghanim-operated BFID facility is expected to commence trial operations in Q3 2022.

According to the Ghanim CEO, the facility will manufacture a wide range of halal food products, including canned items, retort meals, frozen valued-added products and snacks.

Local micro, small and medium enterprises will also be able to utilise the facilities for research and development, product testing as well as manufacturing food products on a rental basis, he said.

A delegation from Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in a group photo with Bruneian officials and representatives at the Brunei Food Industry Development (BFID) Multipurpose Processing Facility.

A senior official from Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Simon Fellows toured the facility along with representatives from Australia and Brunei.

Australian High Commissioner to Brunei Darussalam Luke Arnold noted the project’s potential benefits for both countries.

“On one hand, this is obviously a great opportunity for Australian farmers to export more of our top-quality agricultural products,” said the high commissioner. “The facility will also contribute to Brunei’s economic diversification agenda as the country seeks to develop industries beyond oil and gas,” he added.

Also present during the tour were Deputy Chairman of Ghanim Mohd Harris bin Brigader General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Haji Ibrahim, Member of Ghanim’s Board of Directors Norlela binti Suhailee, and Acting CEO of Darussalam Enterprise Daniel Leong.