Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan inaugurated Muslim Lifestyle Festival

Jakarta, MINA – Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan inaugurated the opening of the most complete exhibition of sharia industry in Indonesia “Indonesian Muslim Lifestyle Festival (Muslim Life Fest) at Jakarta Convention Center on Friday, August 30. The event lasted for three days from 30 August to 1 September 2019.

Anies in his remarks greatly appreciated this performance. According to him, sharia-based business conceptions and halal lifestyles should be firmly planted and became the foundation that drives the wheels of the nation’s economy.

“Considering the highest Muslim population in the world, which is 87 percent of Indonesia’s total population of 261 million, or 12.7 percent of the world’s Muslims are in Indonesia,” Anies said.

He also said the size of the Muslim population created a new market for halal products which turned out to be a potential business turnover in the last 3 years.

In 2017, Global Islamic Forum calculated the total expenditure of Muslim world community from various halal sectors such as food and drink, pharmacy, cosmetics, Muslim fashion, halal entertainment,  entertainment media, and Islamic finance has reached the US $ 2.1 trillion, which is equivalent to 0, 27 percent of the world’s total gross product.

Global Islamic Economic Forum estimates that in 2023 the circulation of Islamic economy will reach the US $ 3 trillion or around 45 thousand trillion rupiahs, linear with the growth of the world’s Muslim population.

Currently, Anies said Indonesia is only ranked 11th and 15. As for sectors such as Islamic finance, halal travel, and cosmetics or pharmaceutical halal, Indonesia is in the top 10.

“Halal travel ranks highest at number 4. It is time for Indonesia to become a major player in the Islamic economy,” Anies said.

As a major player, Anies said Muslims must have an entrepreneurial spirit and understand sharia principles in economic activities.

In addition, Anies revealed that the enthusiasm of halal lifestyle among young people now seems to echo.

“This development, of course, led to the rise of the phenomenon of sharia and halal terms. I see Indonesia Muslim Lifestyle Festival spawned a different concept of the mat. Not just inviting people to know halal products, but also presenting bright thoughts about how to implement contemporary muamallah fiqh to answer the dynamics of needs of people who want to migrate to halal lifestyle, “Anies explained.

Anies highlighted to date Indonesia only has 3.1 percent of entrepreneurs from a total population of 267 million.

“This amount is relatively small because the average developed country has an entrepreneur of at least 14 percent of the total population,” he said. (TL/Sj/P2)

Mi’raj News Agency (MINA)