UAE launches integrated ‘Arab system’ for mutual recognition of halal certificates

By Seban Scaria – Salaam Gateway
Photo: Adel Alsaqer, Director General, AIDMO, Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansoori, UAE Minister of the Economy, and ESMA Director General Abdulla Al Maeeni at the unveiling of the Arab halal system in Dubai, UAE, Feb 18 2019. SALAAM GATEWAY/Najeeb Abdul Noor

DUBAI – An integrated system to facilitate the mutual recognition of halal certificates among Arab countries was unveiled today in Dubai.

The new programme, by the Emirates Authority for Standardisation and Metrology (ESMA) and the Arab Industrial Development and Mining Organisation (AIDMO), was developed to boost the trade of halal products in the Middle East and North Africa.

“The first Arab halal system will include mutual recognition of halal certificates and easing the trade movement between our Arab countries and the world,” UAE Minister of Economy and ESMA Chairman Sultan Al Mansoori said today during the launch of the programme.

The new programme will also consist of rules and procedures for a new region-wide halal certificate and mark, to be introduced in interested Arab countries as an optional label.

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