Deputy Director General GJ LEE, Bureau of Foreign Trade (BOFT), Ministry of Economic Affairs (5th from right), President & CEO Walter YEH, Taiwan External Trade Development Council (center), General Manager Kuo-Zhi WEI, OK Mart, and Southeast Asian and Turkish Representatives to Taiwan in a group photo at the opening ceremony of the 2019 Six-Nation Halal Industry Forum.
To help Taiwanese businesses better understand the current global Muslim market and the latest Halal certification systems of various countries, the joined hands with Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) and Taiwan Halal Center in holding the 2019 Six-Nation Halal Industry Forum at the Taipei International Convention Center on October 1. The event attracted almost 150 business representatives to participate in presentations, product sampling and other promotional activities.
The expert speakers to this year’s event came from Malaysia, Indonesia, Turkey, Singapore, Thailand, the Philippines and Taiwan, who shared news of Muslim markets and analyzed the Halal certification systems and market opportunities in their countries. At the seminar, Mr. Ihsan Övüt, Secretary of the Standards and Metrology Institute for Islamic Countries (SMIIC) expressed that the development of Halal standards should not be limited to a single country, but that we should keep an open mind in developing Halal markets and systems. Mr. Eizaz bin Azhar, General Manager of the Business Office, Halal Industry Develop Corporation (HDC) said that establishing a Halal database would help manufactures search for upstream and downstream materials and ensure that the raw materials are in compliance with Halal specifications.
Furthermore, The Halal Science Center, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand established a market reliability mechanism through science and big data to carry out Halal certification. Mrs. Lena Prawira, Deputy Managing Director of the Indonesia Food and Beverage Industry Association indicated that Indonesia’s new Halal certification system will be launched in mid-October, 2019 and the implementation of relevant regulations and provisions are still needed, for which all sectors are observing the latest progress. Finally, Jhih-Cheng Tseng, Director of the Commerce Development Research Institute, gave an introduction on global Muslim business opportunities and discussed potential opportunities and strategies for key Muslim countries. The trend is that technology such as IoT, VR, and AR will lead the lifestyle in Muslim countries to make it more diversified and innovative.
Additionally, to promote quality Taiwanese Halal products, a designated display area was set up at the forum showcasing 26 Taiwan’s Halal product items from 8 well-known businesses. The products on display included square cookies, snack noodles, milk tea, crispy rolls, sticky rice cake, cosmetic products, and health supplements, which were sampled and were all well received by attendees.
Though the exchanges at the forum, Taiwanese businesses were able to better understand the global Muslim market, interactions and enhanced the partnerships between the Taiwan and the Muslim countries present.