Kazan Forum 2024: Best Platform to explore Russia’s Halal Industry – HDC

Halal Development Corporation Berhad (HDC) recently participated in the Kazan Forum 2024 held in Kazan, Russia. This prestigious forum serves as an international platform to discuss economic development, trade, and cooperation among Islamic countries.

Mr. Khairul Azwan Harun, Chairman of HDC, specially invited by the organizers as an international panelist, participated in various discussion sessions and panels to promote Malaysia’s capabilities in the global halal economy. HDC’s delegation, led by the Chairman, demonstrated Malaysia’s commitment as a leader in the global halal industry, in line with the country’s halal diplomacy strategy.

During a panel session, Khairul Azwan Harun emphasized the importance of utilizing digital platforms to assist companies in joining the halal supply chain and, at the same time, enhancing the value proposition of Halal certification to target consumers.

HDC’s participation in the Kazan Forum 2024 also opens opportunities for strategic collaborations with certification bodies from Russia and the Middle East such as Gulftic, International Center of Halal Standardization and Certification of Religious Board of Muslims of Russian Federation, and LLC BelHalal.

Furthermore, HDC is exploring potential cooperation with local Russian companies such as M2 Farm LLC, Miratorg Holding, Sweet Factory “Volshebnitsa”, Uniconf, and Russia’s leading vegetable oil producer, Nefis Group, to create more opportunities for local halal ingredient producers.

More importantly, HDC aims to forge strong partnerships with Azerbaijan and the UAE in digitalization projects, which are expected to boost halal trade to higher levels and strengthen industrial development among participating countries.

HDC believes that these efforts also create significant opportunities for Malaysian halal industry players to penetrate the halal markets in Russia and Central Asian countries.

The Kazan Forum 2024 attracted more than 1,000 participants from over 50 countries, including government representatives, entrepreneurs, and industry experts.

HDC will continue to play an active role in empowering Malaysia’s halal industry, expanding its market, and strengthening its international position. Participation in forums such as the Kazan Forum 2024 is part of HDC’s ongoing efforts to strengthen halal diplomacy and promote Malaysia as a global halal hub.