Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry FBCCI president Mahbubul Alam on Monday said that the process of halal certification in Bangladesh was still facing significant obstacles.
He said that the halal market was growing in both Muslim and non-Muslim nations while a significant share of the halal industry came from OIC member nations, which was worth $3.7 trillion in 2020.
The FBCCI president raised his concern regarding the halal certification process at a memorandum of understanding signing programme between the FBCCI and the Islamic Organisation for Food Security on expanding the global halal market together at the FBCCI office in the capital Dhaka.
He said, ‘Department of Halal Certification under the Islamic Foundation is the authority to provide halal certification.’
‘We need to find ways to work together and coordinate with the different OIC bodies to make it easier to certify things as halal,’ Mahbubul said.
He sought cooperation and investment from OIC member countries to improve the existing agriculture infrastructure and cold chain in Bangladesh.
IOFS director general Yerlan Baidaulet praised Bangladesh for the improvement in agro production.
‘There is huge potential in the halal market globally and it’s growing tremendously. But this market is dominated by non-Muslim countries. It is the big time to grab the halal market,’ he added.
In the fiscal year 2022-2023, $843.03 million worth of halal products were exported from Bangladesh.