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1st Global Halal Congress in Pakistan resolves to strengthen Halal Industry

Dec 2010

The Chief Guest, Speaker of the National Assembly, Dr. Fehmida Mirza, said that the TDAP is drafting up a Halal Certification Bill intending to give better exposure to Pakistan's exports to fulfill the requirements for the consumers of Halal products and services. That is comprised of one-fourth of the world's total population. "Once the drafting of the said Bill in consultation with all stakeholders gets completed by TDAP, it would be tabled before the National Assembly to make it into law," she said.

She said the world had undergone tremendous changes, and there was a rapid increase in demand for consumer goods and hoped that the promotion of Halal-certified food and services would open up new vistas for Pakistan's exports. The Speaker praised the efforts of HDC (Halal Development Council), an NGO dedicated to developing the Halal Economy. She said that HDC was also planning to organize Pakistan's 1st Global Halal Expo in Lahore in 2011 and hoped TDAP would extend the same support to HDC to make the Halal Expo a success for Pakistan.

The Grand Mufti of Bosnia Herzegovina, Dr. Mustafa Ceric, in his keynote address, called upon the Muslim Ummah to spread peace and harmony in the world with the Halal Movement with the message to use and consume whatever is Halal and Tayyab, Dr. Mustafa said there was a great demand of Halal food in Europe where large population belongs to Muslims emigrants.

He also advised Muslims to make Halal food and other services attractive to consumers as the Haram products are made attractive for consumers to capture the markets. He also recommended that Halal food be made tasty, pleasant, and nice looking with no chemicals to attract consumers worldwide. He also said that his country is indebted to Pakistanis for their whole-hearted support to Bosnia during its siege and killing of innocent Muslims by Serbians.

Speaker of Sindh Assembly and Acting Governor Sindh Nisar Khoro said the Halal Congress was a better platform to explore the hidden and open commercial opportunities among Muslim and non-Muslim worlds. He congratulated the organizer, the Halal Development Council, for holding such an important event in Pakistan, inviting delegates worldwide.

The Federal Minister for Livestock, Humayun Aziz Kurd, said that the government fully supports the cause of the Halal movement and entering into the trillion-dollar world Halal market. He said that to promote exports of Halal meat and poultry, his ministry has initiated a Rs 1.5 billion project to enhance livestock production in Pakistan and to encourage the export of Halal meat, the government has declared slaughterhouse machinery duty-free.

The Chief Executive of TDAP, Tariq Iqbal Puri, said that TDAP is fully determined to make Pakistan a Halal hub in the region, and one day, the country would be able to establish Halal Pakistan as a brand in the world Halal economy. He said there are vast opportunities in Halal markets, and the exporters should strive hard to fetch their due share. He said that the bill to be tabled in the National Assembly would be prepared by TDAP and called the Bill of Halal Certification.

Asad Sajjad, Secretary General/CEO of Halal Development Council, in his welcome address, said Halal is a trillion-dollar market globally and the "Halal Brand" is recognized as a symbol of 'Good Quality Product, so non-Muslims also buy products with the Halal Logo. He said that HDC was registered as an NGO to facilitate the suppliers and exporters by providing platforms for Halal Awareness, Compliance, Standards, Certification, Branding, Marketing, Research, and Halal industrial development, and after successfully organizing the region's biggest Halal Congress, HDC will continue its efforts to create awareness in Pakistan regarding the power of Halal brand and awareness in the world regarding Pakistan's potential to supply Halal Certified to the world. He said that the next Global Halal Congress and Expo would be held in Lahore next year.

Minister of Industries & Production, Mir Hazar Khan Bijarani, spoke at the concluding session of the Congress. He congratulated the Halal Development Council and TDAP, who jointly organized the biggest Halal Conference of this region and opened the doors for Pakistan to enter the trillion-dollar global Halal market. Mr. Bajarani thanked the foreign delegates who gathered from 17 countries to attend the Halal Congress and distributed mementos to all delegates.

Delegates and attendees of the Global Halal Congress unanimously agreed upon the following resolution presented at the end of the Congress:

1. To increase awareness among the industry about the benefits of Halal branding and compliance through certification to compete in the global market.

2. The Government of Pakistan sets up a program to accredit Halal certification bodies.

3. The Government of Pakistan implements stricter food import requirements to ensure Halal compliance.

4. To give more focus on value-added products through research & development, engagement with the industry, and support from the Government of Pakistan

5. To coordinate with the Financial Services industry to increase awareness of the availability of Islamic Financial products.

6. The relevant government agencies support innovation in Halal lifestyle areas such as recreational, beauty, wellness, and pharmaceutical products.

7. The Government of Pakistan engages its relevant agencies to facilitate the participation of the private sector in Halal product export promotion activities.


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