KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian halal products and logos certified by the Department of Islamic Development Malaysia (Jakim) can now enter the Indonesian market without restriction, following the signing of a memorandum of cooperation (MoC) between the two countries on mutual recognition of halal certification for domestic products, today.
Jakim said that products manufactured in Indonesia and bearing the halal logo of the Halal Product Assurance Organising Agency (BPJPH), as the halal certification body in the republic, can enter the Malaysian market.
“This collaboration will facilitate the export of Malaysian products to Indonesia as well as contribute to the increase in halal product trade between the two countries,” it said in a statement.
It said that, through the MoC, JAKIM is listed as a recognised halal certification body in Indonesia while BPJPH is listed as a recognised halal certification body in this country.
“This MoC also enables the two countries to share experience and expertise in the management of halal certification, which covers aspects of training, research and analysis of halal products for mutual benefit.
“This MoC will be a pioneer for strategic cooperation between the two countries in broader halal management in the future,” read the statement.
Earlier today, Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and Indonesian President, Joko Widodo, witnessed several agreements signed by representatives of ministries and related agencies from both countries, at Seri Perdana, Putrajaya.
One of the agreements was the Mutual Recognition of Halal Certification for Domestic Products, signed by Jakim director-general, Datuk Hakimah Mohd Yusoff and BPJPH chairman, Muhammad Aqil Irham.
Joko Widodo, better known as Jokowi, arrived in Malaysia today for a two-day working visit at Anwar’s invitation, following the official visit of the Malaysian leader to the republic in January. – Bernama