Con­fer­ence

2nd In­ter­na­tional Con­fer­ence & Expo on Ha­lal In­dus­try

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Dr. Hamid Jalil, CEO of Pun­jab Agri­cul­ture and Meat Com­pany (PAMCO), said, “We are in a per­fect po­si­tion to pro­vide Ha­lal prod­ucts to the world.” He pro­vided the facts about Pak­istan hav­ing the fourth largest live­stock pop­u­la­tion in the world with 180 mil­lion an­i­mals and an an­nual growth rate of 4.2 per­cent. The Global Ha­lal cer­ti­fied prod­ucts mar­ket has be­come a tril­lion dol­lar in­dus­try, out of which the global Ha­lal meat mar­ket has a $440 bil­lion share, with prospects of fur­ther rapid growth.

Pro­vid­ing a break-up, Jalil said that the food and bev­er­age in­dus­try con­trib­utes 45 per­cent, phar­ma­ceu­ti­cals 22 per­cent, Ha­lal meat 16 per­cent ($440 bil­lion), cos­met­ics 10 per­cent and gelatin 7 per­cent.

He fur­ther said that Pak­istan be­ing a gen­uine gate­way to 470 mil­lion Mus­lims, holds a great po­ten­tial for the global Ha­lal in­dus­try and this is the right time to en­cour­age in­ter­na­tional al­liances by fa­cil­i­tat­ing en­trepreneurs to eval­u­ate Pak­istan as an emerg­ing mar­ket for Ha­lal prod­ucts and ser­vices.

Pro­vid­ing a break-up, Jalil said that the food and bev­er­ages in­dus­try con­trib­utes 45 per­cent, phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal 22 per­cent, Ha­lal meat 16 per­cent ($440 bil­lion), cos­metic 10 per­cent, gelatin 7 per­cent.

It was stated, “Pak­istan be­ing a gen­uine gate­way to 470 mil­lion Mus­lims holds a great po­ten­tial for global Ha­lal In­dus­try. This is the right time to en­cour­age in­ter­na­tional al­liances by fa­cil­i­tat­ing en­trepreneurs to eval­u­ate Pak­istan as an emerg­ing mar­ket for Ha­lal prod­ucts and ser­vices.”

The 2nd In­ter­na­tional Con­fer­ence and Expo on Ha­lal In­dus­try was jointly or­ga­nized by Pun­jab Agri­cul­ture and Meat Com­pany, Live­stock and Dairy De­vel­op­ment Depart­ment and the Ha­lal Re­search Coun­cil.

The prime goal of the Con­fer­ence was to high­light the im­por­tance of con­sum­ing Ha­lal as taught by Is­lamic Shariah. The need for Ha­lal cer­ti­fi­ca­tion is grow­ing rapidly as the aware­ness about food and nu­tri­tion is ris­ing among the masses and the Ha­lal Re­search Coun­cil is striv­ing to serve the Ha­lal food mar­ket all over the world.

The Con­fer­ence placed a spe­cial fo­cus on: • Ex­plor­ing the po­ten­tial of Ha­lal In­dus­try. • In­tro­duc­ing Pak­istan as an emerg­ing leader in Ha­lal In­dus­try. • Pre­sent­ing a prac­ti­cal ap­proach to Ha­lal through vis­its to Ha­lal Slaugh­ter House, Ha­lal Park, labs, Ha­lal Food Cen­tre, etc. • At­tract­ing in­vestors and con­sumers to Ha­lal brands. The sig­nif­i­cance of the con­fer­ence was based on the tril­lion dol­lar Ha­lal in­dus­try in Pak­istan, which is ex­pand­ing by the day. Ac­cord­ing to Ahmed Ali Au­lakh, Min­is­ter for Live­stock and Agri­cul­ture, Pak­istan has tremen­dous po­ten­tial to ex­port ha­lal meat and byprod­ucts. He said that be­ing an agri­cul­tural coun­try, there is a vast range of an­i­mals avail­able. He in­vited Mus­lim coun­tries to pro­mote bi­lat­eral trade with Pak­istan in this sec­tor. The pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment has al­ready taken up var­i­ous projects which are im­per­a­tive to de­vel­op­ing the ha­lal value chain, es­pe­cially in the meat sec­tor.

The con­fer­ence was aimed at ex­plor­ing the po­ten­tial, scope, op­por­tu­ni­ties and re­quire­ments to tap the $ 3 tril­lion in­dus­try so that the ever- in­creas­ing de­mand for Ha­lal prod­ucts could be met.

Ad­dress­ing the con­fer­ence, Hamid Yaqoob Sheikh, Sec­re­tary Live­stock and Dairy De­vel­op­ment Depart­ment, said that there was no doubt that the Ha­lal in­dus­try, es­pe­cially the meat sec­tor, had at­tained much at­trac­tion from the global Mus­lim com­mu­nity as well as nonMus­lim com­mu­ni­ties.

Par­tic­i­pants from 15 coun­tries were present at the con­fer­ence and stalls were set up dis­play­ing Ha­lal prod­ucts. Schol­ars from dif­fer­ent coun­tries pre­sented their re­search pa­pers on the first day and on the sec­ond day there were field vis­its to Cer­ti­fied Qual­ity Op­er­a­tions/ WTO Lab- Univer­sity of Ve­teri­nary and An­i­mal Sci­ences Lahore and Lahore Meat Pro­cess­ing Com­plex, a flag­ship project of PAMCO. ◆

Jus­tice (r) Khalil-u-rehman, Chair­man Ha­lal R&D Cell, PAMCO, talked about the phi­los­o­phy of Ha­lal.

“Ha­lal is not a mys­ti­cal re­li­gious rit­ual, it is the sci­ence of well­be­ing. Ha­lal has be­come a global is­sue, which now plays a role in gov­ern­ment poli­cies, multi­na­tional cor­po­rate strate­gies, SME de­vel­op­ment, Re­search and De­vel­op­ment, and Mar­ket­ing. Ha­lal has a ma­jor im­pact in the food sec­tor and is equally im­por­tant for fi­nanc­ing, man­u­fac­tur­ing, pro­cess­ing, re­tail, res­tau­rant, travel and hos­pi­tal­ity sec­tor. With a stake in com­mer­cial sec­tors world­wide, de­vel­op­ment in the Ha­lal sec­tor had be­come a sig­nif­i­cant con­trib­u­tor to all facets of eco­nomic growth.”

The Ha­lal Re­search Coun­cil plans to pro­mote Pak­istan’s Ha­lal im­age on the global stage by or­ga­niz­ing sub­se­quent in­ter­na­tional con­fer­ences in Mau­ri­tius, South Africa, Sri Lanka and UAE. A road show from Khy­ber to Karachi is also in the pipe­line, sched­uled for Oc­to­ber 2012 for pro­mot­ing the im­por­tance of the Ha­lal in­dus­try in Pak­istan.

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