Halal at the Forefront of Economic and Social Change

Top Quote HDC's World Halal Conference will be on March 30 and 31 with the theme, 'Halal at the forefront of economic and social change'. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) March 11, 2016 - Kuala Lumpur - Key stakeholders and foreign delegates converge at this year's 9th annual World Halal Conference

    Malaysia's focal point in developing Halal industry, the Halal Industry Development Corporation (HDC), will hold this year's World Halal Conference on March 30 and 31 with the theme, 'Halal at the forefront of economic and social change'.

    The two-day conference will focus on various aspects of the halal industry including the challenges facing the global halal economy, the rise of halal e-commerce and new business opportunities, and the need to develop talent.

    More than 800 halal stakeholders and foreign delegates are expected to participate in the conference which is part of the World Halal Week from 28th March to 2nd April 2016.

    The Hon. Dato' Sri Mustapa Mohamed, Minister of International Trade and Industry will deliver the keynote address. Other notable figures expected to attend are The Hon. Tun Abdullah Haji Ahmad Badawi, the patron of World Halal Conference, The Hon. Senator Dato' Sri Abdul Wahid Omar, Minister In Prime Minister's Department of Malaysia and Youth and Sports Minister, Khairy Jamaluddin.

    One of the topics that will be deliberated during the conference is the Ministerial Panel: 'Global Halal Economic Outlook,' led by the Minister of MITI which aims to discuss the impact on the Halal Industry as a consequence of the lacklustre economic forecast of 2016. Another interesting focus of the conference will be on 'E-Commerce and Halal,' which takes a look at the technology of e-commerce and how it can facilitate the growth of the Islamic Economy.

    Other discussions include 'Ambassador Panel: Strategic Foresight on Economic & Social Aspects,' 'Globalization of Islamic Economy: The Halal Perspectives,' and Women's Empowerment,' to name a few. The panellists for the discussions will comprise several heads of governments and corporate leaders, including from the UAE, Turkey, Japan, China, Korea, Qatar, Thailand, the United Kingdom and Indonesia.

    "For many Muslims, halal goes beyond food and trade; it is a way of life. With Malaysia being recognised as the leader in the global Halal arena, it is important for us to push forward and align our efforts simultaneously with key players of the industry, in meeting the consumer needs of Muslims worldwide," said HDC's Chief Executive Officer, Dato' Seri Jamil Bidin.

    Today, the Halal industry remains a strong business attraction for not only Muslim but also non-Muslim countries too, with halal compliancy encompassing all social and welfare needs from ethical funding and management to finance and supply chains.

    "This conference seeks to converge and inspire ideas from all around the world in addressing the current issues and challenges as well as incorporating halal perspectives into socio-economic developments," added Jamil.

    This year's World Halal Week has the theme 'Beyond the Economy,' reflecting Malaysia's continuing efforts to identify the untapped potential of the Halal industry beyond trade and commercial values.

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