Key stakeholders and foreign delegates converge at this year's 9th annual World Halal Conference
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, March 22, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Malaysia's focal point in developing Halal industry, the Halal Industry Development Corporation (HDC), will hold this year's World Halal Conference on March 30 and 31 with the theme, 'Halal at the Forefront of Economic and Social Change.'
The two-day conference will focus on various aspects of the Halal industry including the challenges facing the global Halal economy, the rise of Halal e-commerce and new business opportunities, and the need to develop talent.
More than 800 halal stakeholders and foreign delegates are expected to participate in the conference. Tun Abdullah Haji Ahmad Badawi, the patron of World Halal Conference will give the welcoming remarks during the conference.
One of main topics that will be deliberated this year is 'Women's Empowerment,' which will discuss the significant involvement and progression of women in the Halal industry, and how their role has impacted the balance of the social and economic aspects of the Halal world. The two keynote speakers of this session will be Dato' Dr Norraesah Binti. Haji Mohamad, Chairman, WIEF Businesswomen Network Malaysia and Ms. Loubna Amhair, Member of the House of Representatives, Morocco.
A special address entitled 'Youth, Lifestyle and Halal' will also be given by The Hon. Khairy Jamaluddin. His address will emphasize the importance of youths in developing the Halal industry, and how the industry can reap lucrative business prospects for young entrepreneurs.
Another topic that will be discussed is 'E-Commerce & Halal,' which takes a look at the technology of e-commerce and how it can facilitate the growth of the Islamic Economy.
Other discussions include 'Ambassadors Panel: Strategic Foresight on Economic & Social Aspects,' and 'Globalization of Islamic Economy: The Halal Perspectives,' to name a few. The panellists for the discussions will comprise several heads of governments and corporate leaders, including from the UAE, Turkey, Japan, China, Korea, Qatar, Thailand, the United Kingdom and Indonesia.
"For many Muslims, Halal goes beyond food and trade; it is a way of life. With Malaysia being recognised as the leader in the global Halal arena, it is important for us to push forward and align our efforts simultaneously with key players of the industry, in meeting the consumer needs of Muslims worldwide," said HDC's Chief Executive Officer, Dato' Seri Jamil Bidin.
Today, the Halal industry remains a strong business attraction for not only Muslim but also non-Muslim countries too, with Halal compliancy encompassing all social and welfare needs from ethical funding and management to finance and supply chains.
"This conference seeks to converge and inspire ideas from all around the world in addressing the current issues and challenges as well as incorporating Halal perspectives into socio-economic developments," added Jamil.
This year's World Halal Week has the theme 'Beyond the Economy,' reflecting Malaysia's continuing efforts to identify the untapped potential of the Halal industry beyond trade and commercial values.
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ABOUT HALAL INDUSTRY DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION SDN BHD (HDC)
Halal Means Business - The Halal Industry Development Corporation (HDC) was established on 18 September 2006 with the express objective of coordinating the overall development of the Halal industry in Malaysia for both the domestic and international markets. HDC is an agency under the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI).
HDC is Malaysia's holistic response to the worldwide demand for better quality products and services as consumers gain confidence in the Halal process. Its key thrusts are to grow and advance the development of Halal standards; facilitate capacity - building for Halal products and services; and promote growth and participation of Malaysian companies in the multi-trillion dollar global Halal market and industry. Today, there is an estimated population of 1.8 billion Muslims worldwide. The global halal market is currently estimated at USD2.3 trillion covering both food and non-food sectors.
In its effort to serve as an international hub for the halal industry, HDC provides manufacturers, distributors, retailers, entrepreneurs, researchers and investors with comprehensive assistance to penetrate and serve a growing global halal market through the adoption of the Malaysian experience and expertise in food and non-food sectors. For more information, please visit HDC at - www.hdcglobal.com.
SOURCE Halal Industry Development Corporation (HDC)