2nd International Conference & Expo on Halal Industry
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.