India: India International Halal Expo 2020

Opportunity to be part of New Trends at India International Halal Expo being held at HITEX, Hydrabad on the 18-20 January 2020

Interview with the  Director & CEO, ATOBA, Mr Muazzam Naik

For readers new to the Halal concept, can you briefly explain what Halal & Haram are and why they are debated?

Halal and haram are universal terms that apply to all facets of life. Halal points to what is lawful and permissible and Haram to what is forbidden. These terms extend not just to food but also to clothing, finance, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics  and other sectors.

What is the scope of halal industry Globally? 

The global halal market size is expected to reach USD 9.71 trillion by 2025.On the basis of region, Asia Pacific and Middle East and Africa accounted for more than 85% of the total market in 2015 and they are expected to continue dominating the market throughout the forecast period. Some of the key players operating in the field of halal products market includes Nestle S.A., The Coca Cola Company, Kellogg’s Company, Krafts Food Group Inc., Unilever Plc, GlaxoSmithKline Plc and L’Oreal S.A. among others.

What is India International Halal Expo? 

As a gateway to Asia’s growing Halal market, India International Halal Expo will gather the highest quality products of the Halal industry. A meeting point for Halal buyers and suppliers between East and West. From Food & Beverage to Pharmaceuticals to Cosmetics, from Finance to E-commerce  and Logistics to Tourism and more, the entire halal industry will gather under one roof providing traders and buyers the ideal platform to conduct business, network and share market insights.

What is to be Expected at IIHE and IIMLE?

India International Halal Expo 2020 is expected to attract over 200 exhibitors and 15000 attendees from at least 10 countries to the Hitex Exhibition Center Hyderabad from January 18th to 20th next year. Along with exhibitors showcasing their products, the three day event will also host a dozen seminars that “will touch various areas in the healthy living, food, tourism, fashion and financial/investment and how it is evolving to becoming an important element of halal lifestyle trade.

This show is designed to attract businesses and investors in the halal lifestyle industry including major retailers, distributors, hotel owners, restaurant owners, hospitality professionals, investors, travel/tourism operators, importers/exporters, bankers, business and trade associations, embassies and heads of commercial trade missions, franchisors/franchisees and so much more.”

Also High level Business Delegates & trade commission representatives of difference Countries are expected to attend this exhibition and conference.

Why did you choose India for HALAL EXPO? What’s your plan in taking India to the next level when it comes to the Halal industry?

  • India has the world’s third largest Muslim population at more than 180 million, and presents huge market opportunities for halal-based entrepreneurs.In India, the halal industry is predominantly linked to the consumption of halal  With only a handful of companies involved in selling halal personal care products, the industry is clearly an untapped segment within the highly competitive FMCG market in India.The cosmetics and personal care industry is among the fastest growing consumer products segment in India, throwing up huge opportunities for international companies.A market outlook report by the Associated Chambers of Commerce & Industry of India (ASSOCHAM) estimates that India’s grooming and cosmetic industry will grow to US$35 billion by 2035 from US$6.5 billion in 2017.
  • I am extremely ambitious when it comes to India and Halal Industry. We are also concerned about the quality of our Halal Certification – offering it to the world without losing credibility. Because when you want to standardize, you want to make it quick and easy but at the same time to do these without compromising quality.

There is also an agenda to unify Halal Certification globally which we are currently pursuing. It’s not easy because every country wants to preserve their own identity.

Throw some Light on the Halal Expo organized globally?

While Halal Expo is the first event of its kind in India, countries such as AustraliaSpainthe United KingdomFrancethe UAETaiwanJapan and Korea have been hosting halal trade shows for years.

The largest and most well established halal trade show in the world is the Malaysia International Halal Showcase [MIHAS]. In their 15th annual event in 2018 they had 778 exhibiting companies from 32 countries and the show attracted 21,000 foreign buyers and trade visitors from 72 countries. The event also resulted in total immediate and negotiated trade value of over RM1.52 billion [$ 490 Million CAD]


In what ways will ATOBA, help the Indian Halal Market? Also who are your key partners associated with IIHE?

At Atoba our core focus is on developing a strong Halal Ecosystem in India & Supporting it globally. We specialize in the development of distribution network/ Channel Partners for products and services in India. Our endeavor is to integrate global business ecosystem with ethical ways and practices, by helping companies grow and rise together.

Few of our key Partners are Department of Industry & Commence Government Of Telagana Indian Center For Islamic Finance, IYMER-Istanbul Foreigners And Investment Center Foreign Trade Company Limited, Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation (MATRADE-Chennai ), REHBAR-Financial consultants,TASIS, Muslim Chambers of commerce, Islamic Chambers of commerce and MUSIAD,  Indo –OIC I Chamber Of Commerce,  Iqra International Women Alliance, Global Halal Data Pool,  Janseva . Halal Foundation USA ,

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