Recently, the World Halal Week (WHW) 2018 organized by Halal Industry Development Corporation (HDC) took place on Malaysian soils, welcoming thousands of delegates from all across the world to gain insights on the prospects of the halal industry becoming a contributor to the global economy. Themed “Building for the Future”, WHW has become instrumental in driving the growth of the global Halal industry.
“As at December 2017, Malaysia reaffirmed its position as the leading global Halal hub with an annual export value of RM43 billion for Halal products and attracted investments worth RM13.3 billion in HALMAS Halal Parks. To date, a total of 28,000 jobs were created. These contributed approximately 7.5% to our nation’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) for last year,” says Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Dato’ Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, who spoke at the opening of the event.
The WHW 2018 consisted of 3 major components, which were a two-day World Halal Conference organized by HDC, the Malaysia International Halal Showcase (MIHAS) organized by MATRADE, and the Malaysia International Halal Assembly (MyHA) organized by JAKIM.
HDC Chief Executive Officer Dato’ Seri Jamil Bidin adds, “Industry players of Halal products cannot alienate themselves from that is rapidly happening around us. They must adapt because technology applies to everyone now and our role at HDC is to nurture and develop these companies to be ready for the global revolution.”
WHC 2018 placed focus on giving panel discussions namely Game Changer: Economy Revolution, Emerging Trends of Global Economy & Implications to Malaysia’s Halal Industry, the Internationalisation of Islamic Economy: Global Integration & Strategic Collaboration, Halal & Science, and Managing the Brand. This year, the conference was led by His Royal Highness Paduka Seri Sultan Perak Darul Ridzuan Sultan Nazrin Muizzuddin Shah Ibni Almarhum Sultan Azlan Muhibbuddin Shah Al-Maghfur-Lah.