Africa Halaal Week to boost econ­omy

Cape Argus - - FRONT PAGE - Joseph Booy­sen joseph.booy­[email protected]

AL­THOUGH the West­ern Cape’s halaal ex­port mar­ket is sit­ting at 1% of the global ex­port mar­ket, worth about a tril­lion dol­lars, the Africa Halaal Week 2018, tak­ing place next month, is the per­fect plat­form to boost growth fur­ther.

This is ac­cord­ing to Eco­nomic Op­por­tu­ni­ties MEC Alan Winde, who was ad­dress­ing a me­dia brief­ing on the in­au­gu­ral Africa Halaal Week in Cape Town yes­ter­day.

The event, hosted by the prov­ince, the City and Wes­gro, is set to take place in Oc­to­ber 15 and 17 at the Westin Ho­tel.

Winde said the halaal mar­ket was worth a tril­lion dol­lars a year, which had shown growth po­ten­tial of 6% and a prod­uct value of about $750 bil­lion (R9.9 tril­lion).

Winde said that by host­ing the con­fer­ence in the West­ern Cape, the prov­ince had the po­ten­tial to cre­ate a plat­form which could boost the prov­ince’s ex­port mar­ket.

He said that look­ing at the growth po­ten­tial of the halaal mar­ket pre­sented huge op­por­tu­ni­ties for the re­gion.

“I think the plat­form (halaal con­fer­ence) that has been cre­ated is very ex­cit­ing for me. I’m cer­tain it is some­thing that lo­cal busi­nesses are also ex­cited about. I see this spe­cific sec­tor mak­ing an im­pact on our job num­bers,” he said.

Wes­gro chief ex­ec­u­tive Tim Har­ris said Cape Town came across as a tol­er­ant and di­verse city with a deep his­tory of cul­ture.

He said the city needed to take the cul­ture, the fash­ion, the food, the ta­pes­try of dif­fer­ent com­mu­ni­ties and move it to where the city was go­ing in the fu­ture.

“The dif­fer­en­tia­tor for me is that sense of tol­er­ance, that huge di­ver­sity and how we all get along with that, which is not the case in many cities around the world.

“Cape Town comes across as an ex­tremely tol­er­ant and rich in his­tory place, and that’s why we can take that to the cen­tre and say, let’s not just talk about the food but all the other el­e­ments that weave to­gether to present a rich di­ver­sity and tol­er­ance to the rest of the world,” said Har­ris.

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