THAI Trade Center Director Khankhanit Amphuprapa said she wants to exchange expertise with Davao City's Halal stakeholders to further develop the industry.

In an interview with SunStar Davao recently, Amphuprapa pointed out one of the common things between the two areas is the goal to strengthen the Halal industry through promoting its Halal food and services.

"Another good opportunity for partnership is Halal. Thailand is very good, apart from Malaysia and Indonesia. We do well in Halal so maybe we can exchange expertise and improve our products," she said.

She said she heard the news about the city declared as a Muslim-friendly city and since the market potential of the city is also growing, she thought it will be a good opportunity to work and develop together.

Amphuprapa said she will talk to businessmen and investors in Thailand that are involved in the Halal industry and encourage them to consider Davao City also.

"I will have to talk to them about Halal industry here. I will tell them it is safe here," she said.

The City Government and other stakeholders have been working on with the standards of Halal, policies and ordinances, and other areas that need to improve to strengthen the industry.

President of the Universal Islamic Center Malou Ampuan, on her part, said there is really a need for support from an expert like Thailand who leads Halal business globally.

"We still have a lot of potential products, food and tourism services that need to be enhanced and developed to compete not only locally but internationally," Ampuan said, adding a local Halal certifier that is accredited by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is also a must.

Several Thai firms have shown interest in Davao City following its economic growth, hence, the first Thailand-Philippines Business Networking was held here last July 9 wherein seven Thai and more than 60 local companies participated.

Amphuprapa said there will be more events such as business matching that they will soon organize again in the city.