Halal for all: Halal in all aspects, from production to consumption
ISTANBUL: 21-23 December 2020
The World Halal Summit is set to kick off Monday, bringing together industry players and investors for the sixth time.
Organized under the theme “Halal for All: Halal in All Aspects, from Production to Consumption,” the event will take place at the Pullman Convention Center in Istanbul and run through Wednesday. You can also join the event online by registering through the link below.
The world’s largest halal event, the summit aims to bring to light the latest developments and updates related to the halal sector, with the participation of international academicians and fiqh experts from all over the globe.
The summit looks to raise halal awareness by hosting conferences where halal-related topics in finance, tourism, food, medicine, pharmacy, cosmetics, textile, modest fashion and other sectors are discussed.
This year’s World Halal Summit will be held in a hybrid form with physical and online international participation due to the coronavirus pandemic.
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The summit’s main media sponsor is Daily Sabah, and it has been organized by Discover Events on behalf of the Islamic Centre for Development of Trade (ICDT) and the Standards and Metrology Institute for Islamic Countries (SMIIC).
In addition, a virtual halal fair in Turkey, E-Halal Expo, will take place online Monday and run through Thursday.
E-Halal Online Expo: 21 December – 24 December 2020
As for the E-Halal Expo, it provides commercial visitors, purchasers, qualified professionals, industry leaders and investors from all over the world an opportunity to introduce and showcase their works and offers participants a space to showcase their products and services. The platform will allow commercial visitors to meet and interact with their customers via various interaction options such as Skype, WhatsApp and Zoom.
“With the COVID-19 outbreak, we are renewing and improving the way we trade,” said Yunus Ete, World Halal Summit organization chairperson and chairperson of the board of directors of Discover Events.
“This event, which will take place on our specially developed virtual platform, will provide collaborative interaction between participants, qualified visitors and sponsors. This platform was designed to include the main exhibition area, exhibition halls, realistic 360-degree navigable stands, network and conference areas,” Ete said in a statement.
The E-Halal Expo, he noted, offers an opportunity to establish collaborations with qualified buyers, meet new partners, establish contacts and make deals as in real fairs.
Ete also elaborated on today’s trends in healthy living and healthy nutrition, stressing these have become vital particularly as the pandemic continues.
“The whole world is now striving to achieve healthy, reliable products and services. Although halal food, halal products and services are actually thought to be intended only for Muslims, non-Muslims are now also looking for halal-certified products in order to reach healthy and reliable foods,” Ete noted.
The World Halal Summit, the world’s largest halal event that aims to bring to light the latest developments and updates related to the over $4 trillion-halal market, with international academicians and fiqh experts started Monday with the participation of industry players and investors from all over the globe.
Speaking during the summit, Ihsan Övüt, secretary-general of the Standards and Metrology Institute for Islamic Countries (SMIIC) which is one of the two organizers of the event along with the Discover Events on behalf of the Islamic Centre for Development of Trade (ICDT) said standardization studies regarding the halal market are continuing and that “there are studies on halal pharmacy, halal animal products, halal test materials and halal gelatin.”
Organized under the theme “Halal for All: Halal in All Aspects, from Production to Consumption,” the summit is the sixth of its kind and is taking place at the Pullman Convention Center in Istanbul. Its main media sponsor is Daily Sabah.
Speaking at the opening of the summit, Övüt said the halal sector cannot be considered separate from standardization.
“We are trying to bring together halal and standardization under a professional roof,” he said
Stating that the halal sector has reached a global dimension in the last 10 years and that they have published 11 halal standards, Övüt noted that every halal standard is a result of technical expertise and these standards are signed and approved by member countries.
“It is signed by Islamic experts alike and by the international Islamic Fiqh Academy. In this way, we try to respond to global demands, combining high quality with a technical and Islamic perspective,” he said.
Zafer Soylu, the head of the Halal Accreditation Agency, also speaking at the summit stated that the halal economy has a value of more than $4 trillion globally and that the importance of halal products is increasing on a global scale day by day.
Stating that they view the issue as a sustainable halal supply chain, taking into account the sensitivities of Muslims or non-Muslims who can prefer halal, Soylu said: “In this context, health, hygiene and quality are important. Stakeholders have difficulties in terms of halal here and have difficulties in accessing halal-certified products. It is very important to certify halal products and to do this based on common standards. It will be with the mutual recognition of these certificates.”
Stating that SMIIC has been working on standards since 2010 and has been working on common certification systems, Soylu said, all Muslim-majority countries need to come together in terms of drawing a line for the common system.
Turkey Exporters Assembly (TIM) Chairman Ismail Gülle also highlighted the importance of finding a common ground for the Muslim world and forming a culture and solidarity network.
“The size of the halal market, which includes many sectors from food to tourism, from medicine to clothing, has exceeded $4 trillion. With the increase in demand for halal products by 2 billion Muslims, this figure is expected to reach $7 trillion in the next 10 years,” which urges to speed up cooperation in the Muslim world.
The summit is set to run through Wednesday. Besides, a virtual halal fair in Turkey, E-Halal Expo, will take place online as of today and run through Thursday.