Malaysia could be global Halal Hub by 2020

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Twenty of the 21 halal parks are already operational.

KOTA KINABALU, August 28, 2014: Malaysia is in a strong position to become the global halal hub in 2020, judging by the almost 4,500 companies having halal certification as of last March.

Sabah’s Assistant Industrial Development Minister Datuk Bolkiah Ismail said the figure was a 35.5 per cent increase over the same period last year.

“To date in 2014, Sabah has 249 companies that are halal certified with 105 being Bumiputera-owned.

“Of this number, 20 are multinationals, 125 small industries and 104 medium sized,” said Bolkiah when opening the state-level Halal Outreach Programme (Hope) 2014 here today.

The text was read by the ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Datuk Hashim Paijan.

He added that to date there are 21 halal parks in the country including the POIC Lahad Datu Halal Park.

Bolkiah also asked halal entrepreneurs in Sabah to strengthen their business, enhance quality, improve competitiveness as well as widen the markets for their products and related services.

He also expressed the hope that Hope will provide a platform for local entrepreneurs to obtain information on the marketing of products and services at the international level through panel dialogues, briefings by government agencies and the sharing of knowledge.

The two-day programme which attracted about 100 participants is organised by the Halal Industry Development Corporation and the Ministry of International Trade and Industry. Bernama