DTI to sign UAE mar­ket-ac­cess deal for ha­lal prod­ucts

Business World - - THEECONOMY - Jan­ina C. Lim

THE De­part­ment of Trade and In­dus­try (DTI) is set to sign a deal with the United Arab Emi­rates (UAE) which will al­low eas­ier ac­cess to Philip­pine ha­lal prod­ucts, es­pe­cially those pro­duced by mi­cro, small, and medium-scale en­trepreneurs.

In a state­ment, the DTI said its Philip­pine Ac­cred­i­ta­tion Bureau ( PAB) will be sign­ing a mem­o­ran­dum of un­der­stand­ing (MoU) with the UAE’s Emi­rates Author­ity For Standardization And Metrol­ogy next week

“The sign­ing of the MoU is ex­pected to sup­port the coun­try’s bid to boost ha­lal ex­ports to UAE,” the DTI said.

Once the MoU is signed, PABac­cred­ited ha­lal cer­ti­fy­ing bod­ies will au­to­mat­i­cally rec­og­nized in the UAE, fa­cil­i­tat­ing en­try into the UAE mar­ket at lower cost. The deal is ex­pected to par­tic­u­larly ben­e­fit the MSMEs fac­ing dif­fi­cul­ties in meet­ing cer­ti­fi­ca­tion re­quire­ments.

The DTI re­cently re­leased a road map which hopes to stream­line the ha­lal cer­ti­fi­ca­tion process.

The global mar­ket for prod­ucts com­pli­ant with Is­lamic di­etary and animal-slaugh­ter rules is es­ti­mated at $2.6 tril­lion. The DTI tar­gets ha­lal ex­ports of $1.4 bil­lion in 2018, nearly dou­ble 2017 lev­els.

The govern­ment has been launch­ing a se­ries of workshops to help pro­mote op­por­tu­ni­ties in the global mar­ket for ha­lal while ar­riv­ing at agree­ments with Mus­lim states for mar­ket ac­cess.

Repub­lic Act 10817 or the Philip­pine Ha­lal Ex­port De­vel­op­ment and Pro­mo­tion Act of 2016 re­quires the DTI to ex­plore ways to fill global de­mand for qual­ity ha­lal prod­ucts and ser­vices. —

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