KUALA LUMPUR, March 30 – Malaysia has continued to take its position as a global trendsetter in the Halal industry by hosting World Halal Week (WHW) 2016.
Minister of International Trade and Industry Dato’ Sri Mustapa Mohamed pointed out that WHW 2016 is set to provide a transformational perspective of halal beyond its economic contributions which includes traditional Islamic practise as a modern lifestyle.
” The values promoted by halal are universal.
“Halal is now a global phenomenon and Malaysia is playing a key role in creating a better understanding of this emerging new economic force.
” The consumer market for halal products and services has grown by leaps and bounds.
“Business around the world cannot afford to overlook the growth opportunities in the industry,” said Mustapa in his opening speech.
The event will take place at Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC) from 28 March to 2 April 2016, a colloborative effort under the Ministry of International Trade and Industry(MITI).
The launching ceremony was also attended by former premier Tun Abdullah Badawi, who is the patron for the World Halal week.
This 13th Malaysia International Halal Showcase (MIHAS) is organised by MATRADE, the 9th World Halal Conference and the 7th Halal Certification Bodies Convention by the Department of Islamic Development Malaysia(JAKIM).
This event will showcase more than 543 companies – 316 Malaysian companies and 227 international exhibitors expected to draw more than 25,000 visitors from 67 countries.
Dato Mustapa added in his speech that 54 halal certification bodies from 32 countries and 4 halal authorities from OIC member countries attended the convention.
“One of the resolutions agreed in the convention is to have an International Halal Authority Board (IHAB) as an accreditation body.
” This body will be based in Malaysia under the collobaration between JAKIM and the Department of Standards Malaysia,” said Mustapa.