IsDB Holds a Halal Industry Workshop in Jeddah

Jeddah, MINA – Islamic Research and Training Institute (IRTI) in the Islamic Development Bank (ISDB) has held a workshop on the Prospect of Halal Industry in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, October 21-25.

The workshop aimed to highlight the prospects of the halal industry and the role in the socio-economic development of ISDB member countries.

The event has been held in collaboration with the Egyptian Commercial Service, Cairo and the Egyptian Consulate General in Jeddah. Saudi Gazette reports.

In his opening address, Director General of IRTI, Dr. Humayon Dar, talks about the importance of developing a halal industry.

“The halal industry is now an industry with a wide range, including various aspects of human daily needs in general and Muslims in particular. Therefore, in the arena of Islamic finance, we need innovative products to serve this growing segment of the Islamic finance industry, “he said.

He added, there is a high demand for awareness and special training on the role of Islamic finance in the halal industry amid increasing product needs. Not only food, but also other products such as tourism.

Ambassador Amro Hazzaa, Egyptian Commercial Consul in Jeddah, who attended the opening of the workshop, appreciated the role of IRTI in contributing to capacity building for Egyptian commercial attaches, to gain knowledge and expertise in the halal industry and Islamic finance.

The IsDB Group has designed and provided special training programs for the halal industry, given the increasing demand for halal products throughout the world including those from non-Muslims.

The sixteen commercial attaches from the Egyptian Ministry of Trade and Industry will present at the workshop, which included halal industry monitoring standards and prerequisites for providing halal certification for products including pharmaceuticals, food, cosmetics, fashion, and tourism.

The workshop also will examine issues in the halal industry including halal industry access to Islamic finance with a focus on Islamic financial products, the status of global halal industry, market standards and requirements for halal industries in ISDB member countries, halal quality management services, and strategies ISDB for halal industry development.

Workshop speakers included Dr. Sami Al-Suwailem, Zafarjon Khotamov and Khalid Habeeb from ISDB, as well as two experts from the Spanish Halal Institute. (T/S/RS5)

Mi’raj News Agency (MINA)