The export of beef to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has reached US $ 43.61 million during 2014-15, registering 24 per cent increase as compared to previous year.

The beef export to the UAE during 2012-13 was US$ 35.1 million and thanks to market access initiatives taken by present government under which a number of accredited Pakistani slaughter houses were increased by 50 per cent since 2013. Currently, 12 Pakistani meat processing/slaughter houses, eligible to export, have been approved by the UAE authorities, sources at commerce division said on Saturday. The sources said that due to persistent efforts of the government, ban on export of Pakistani poultry to the UAE will be lifted shortly. Health clearance certificate on behalf of the ministry of national food security and research has been submitted to the UAE authorities concerned.

Efforts were also being made to increase export of rice to UAE by strengthening linkages with leading rice importers based in UAE, the sources said.

With regard to steps being taken to increase trade relations with United Arab Emirates, they said under-promotional activities more than 41 trade events including international trade exhibitions and fairs, fashion shows, product promos and investment road shows were organised in the UAE from March 2013 to December 2015.

Another 13 events were planned for January-June 2016, the sources said, and added a 13-member business delegation from the UAE also visited Expo-Pakistan 2015. Moreover, they said efforts were being made to reactivate Pak-UAE Joint Business Council which will enhance business-to-business interaction between the two countries.