By Victoria Onehi – Daily Trust
Nigeria is set to hold its first international Halal expo organised by the Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI) in collaboration with the Abuja Trade Centre. The fair is expected to attract about 200 exhibitors and 50,000 visitors from other countries. A statement by ACCI said major Halal countries like Indonesia, Malaysia, Turkey, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Turkey, UAE, Korea, Thailand, Iran, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Egypt Morocco, Algeria and others in West Africa are expected to participate at the fair. Halal markets have grown from Halal food to new areas like Halal cosmetics, Halal logistics, Halal fashion, and Muslim-friendly tour and travel services. Other areas are Islamic finance interest-free market that caters to the Muslim consumer.
Halal food is that which adheres to Islamic law and the Halal industry now spans across food processing, food service, cosmetics, personal care, pharmaceuticals and logistics industries and expanding further into lifestyle offerings including Halal travel and hospitality services.
The fair, which is expected to hold from 8 to 10 June at the Abuja Trade and Convention Centre, will provide networking opportunities with global halal industries, create a platform to tap into the over two trillion USD halal market, create a platform to enhance halal tourism and also create a platform that will encourage big volume exports.