Kuwait: Second Gulf Conference on Halal Industry and its Services

halal_2Consuming and utilizing Halal products and its services to society are religious obligations on all Muslims. As a true follower of Islam it is our duty to consume only the food, pharmaceutical, nutrients, and cosmetic products which are Halal and Tayyib. Bulk of the food, pharmaceuticals and cosmetics are imported by Muslim markets from producers and manufacturers which have very little appreciation of the concept of Halal and Tayyib therefore it our collective responsibility to ensure due care is taken at every step to verify that products are fully Halal compliant.

To fulfill these requirements, there is an urgent need to develop and co-ordinate manufacturing, quality assurance of Halal products and above all an authentic Halal certification. Halal product manufacturers need to maintain and guarantee the integrity of their Halal chains.

A uniform Halal standard or certification across the globe could reassure Muslim communities and provide the food that would comply with the guidelines of Quran and Sunnah. Presently, products available in the market with Halal labels are not necessarily authentic or at least questionable which are marketed to entice Muslim consumers. Despite well explained Halal standards provided by the importing countries, many of the exporting countries or manufacturers and producers do not strictly follow the protocols.

Halal regulatory bodies often do not consider the steps required for Halal production, for example animals are not slaughtered according to accepted Halal requirements therefore use of any material derived from these animals for secondary products.

Based on all this information, it is very urgent for Muslim communities to make a set of guide lines for Halal industries and services.  As a follow up to the First Gulf Conference on Halal industry and its services that was held in Kuwait on 24-26th January, 2011 and the International Halal R&D Workshop held in Kuwait on 27-28th March 2012, this Second Gulf Conference on Halal industry and its services aims to establish a platform for International Accreditation of Halal Certification Bodies based in Kuwait. This initiative will not only provide business opportunities for investors and manufacturers but also restore confidence in Halal products available in the market in Muslim communities.

The Halal Conference will be preceded by a training course in collaboration with Malaysia entitled: Halal Lead Auditor

The training course is for three days, and its attendance is free of charge.

If you need VISA entry to Kuwait or accomodation you may contact Dr. Hani M. Al-Mazeedi by email: mazeedi@hotmail.com, or Tel: +9652 498 9164 Mobile: +9659 749 8500

Under the auspices of
Minister of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs, Kuwait
Second Gulf Conference on Halal Industry and its Services

‘Towards an Effective Management of Halal’
Hijri Date 10-12 / 3 / 1434
22 – 24 January 2013

Location: Crown Plaza Hotel-Farwaniyah, State of Kuwait


Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs
Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research

In collaboration with:



1. To gather specialized human and technical resources to study the current status of the control of Halal.
2. To suggest practical solutions to overcome the obstacles facing the Halal industry.
3. To assess the wrong accreditation practices of Halal certificates.
4. To set a future concept for a Halal model that suits Islamic countries.
5. To increase awareness and necessary training to the Halal products and services.


First Day: 

Tuesday 10/ 3 / 1434 corresponding to 22 January 2013

16:15 – 16:20     Quran Recital
16:25 – 17:25     Opening Remarks
1. Minister of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs, State of Kuwait
2. Dr. Abdullah Matouk Al-Matouk, Chairman of the World Islamic Charity Organization, State                           of Kuwait
3. Dr. Naji Mohamed Al-Mutairy, Director General, Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research                           (KISR), State of Kuwait
4. Dr. Adel Abdullah Al Falah, Chairman of the Supreme Committee of the Conference,                           Undersecretary, Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs, State of Kuwait

18:00 – 18:30      Exhibition, Break, and the registration of World Wide Halal Certification Bodies*.

19:00 – 20:00     First discussion session: Formulation of Halal model, Chairman: Professor Intiaz Ali, MaCgill                          University, Canada

Second day: 

Wednesday 11 / 3 / 1434 corresponding to 23 January 2013

First element    Study of the current status of Halal industry and services

Chairman of       Prof. Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz Al-Mosleh, Secretary General, International Commission On                         Scientific Signs In Quran & Sunnah, Muslim World League, KSA
session 1

8:35 – 8:55        Prof. Hassan A. Aidaros ” Islam and Animal Welfare: Reality of animal treatment during                         transportation and slaughtering compared to the Islamic Sharia” (Professor of Hygiene and                         Preventive Medicine, Chairman of the OIE REVC for the Middle East- OIE : World                         Organization for Animal Health, Member of the OIE Scientific Committee, France)

9:05 – 9:25        Mrs. Mariam Abdul Latif “Comparative Study between Halal International Models: Points of                         agreement and disagreement. The requirements of accreditation and certification bodies in                         importing countries”
Assoc Prof, Universiti Malaysia Sabah, Malaysia

9:35 – 9:55        Mrs. Aida Kader Ghanem “The Current status of the primary ingredients in food, medicine and                         cosmetics” Researcher, Department of Islamic Fiqh, legislation and its fundamentals, University                         of Al-Quds -Palestine

10:00 – 10:35     Break

Second element     Practical solutions to overcome the obstacles facing Halal industry and its services

Chairman of        Dr. Zuhair S. A. Al-Mula, Advisor, Saudi Food and Drug Authority (SFDA), KSA
session 2

10:45 – 11:05    Dr. Mian Nadeem Riaz “Solutions to Strengthen the Halal Model” Director, Food Protein R& D                         Center, Head – Extrusion Technology Program Graduate Faculty, Food Sci. & Tech. Program,                         Texas A&M University

11:15 – 11:35    Mr. Abdul Qayyoem, Msc. “Traceability in Halal Products: A new challenge and a necessity in                         Halal Model”
Director General, HFFIA, Netherland

11:45 – 12:05    Dr. H. Nadratuzzaman Hosen “Critical Control Points in Halal Food Products: A Missing                         Element in Halal Model” Majelis Ulama, Indonesia

12:15 – 13:15    Zuhr (Noon) Prayer and break

13:30 – 14:30    Second discussion session: “Direct dialogue between meat traders, meat manufacturers and the
supervisory bodies of foods in GCC countries on future Halal model” Session chairman:
Fahad Sahab Al Mutairy – Assistant Undersecretary and Deputy Director General for Standards                         and Industrial Services Affairs – PAI-Kuwait

Third day: 

Thursday 12 / 3 / 1434 corresponding to 24 January 2013

Second element,      Practical solutions to overcome the obstacles facing Halal industry and its services

Chairman of       DI Mahmoud Tatari, Director, Halal Control, Germany
session 3

8:35 – 8:55        Sheikh Mufti Zubair Butt, “Security factor as a necessity in the Halal model” Representative of                          the Halal Monitoring Committee (HMC), UK

9:05 – 9:25        Dr. Shuhaimi Mustapha, “The necessity of laboratory analyses to verify the authenticity of Halal                          products”
Deputy Director of HPRI, UPM, Malaysia

9:35 – 9:55        Dr. Mohamed Ahmed Al Qurashi “The Halal Industry: Obstacles and Solutions” Deputy                         Chairman of the Grand Scholars’ Commission, Department of Islamic Affairs and Charities,                         Dubai

10:00 – 10:35    Break

Third element     Future vision

Chairman of       Darhim Dali Hashim, Executive Manager, International Halal Integrity Alliance (IHIA), Malaysia
session 4

10:45 – 11:05    Dr. Selah Hussain Al-Aayed “Future integral vision to achieve Halal by the Muslim World                         League, Holy Mecca, Saudi Arabia” Secretary General, International Islamic Halal Authority                         (IIHA), Muslim World League, KSA

11:15 – 11:35    Ir. Lukmanul Hakim, M.Si. “The Industrial future Vision of Halal Model” Director, LPPOM                         MUI, Indonesia

11:45 – 12:05    Mrs Hakimah Mohd Yusoff “Future Vision of Harmonise Halal Model” Director in charge of the                         Halal Hub division at JAKIM, Malaysia

12:15 – 13:15    Zuhr prayer and break

13:30 – 14:30   Third discussion session: Approving of Halal model, Chairman: Professor Intiaz Ali,
MaCgill University, Canada

18:00                 Maghreb prayer

12:15 – 13:15    Sheikh Turkey Essa Al-Mutairy, “Resolutions of the conference and award of certificates to
Halal Lead Auditors”