THE GLOBAL HALAL ALLIANCE: PIONEERING THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE GLOBAL HALAL ECONOMY
Global players with a proven track record providing best-in-class domain expertise in the Halal ecosystem have come together today to exchange Heads of Agreements, launching the Global Halal Alliance. This is the first-of-its-kind collaboration in the world involving all sectors of the Halal Value Chain. Such integrated expertise is required for the successful development of the global Halal economy, estimated at US$1,128 billion of food sector expenditure alone in 2014, with 5.8% CAGR (1), driven by young, growing and increasingly wealthy demographics.
Partners in the Alliance include Iskandar Regional Development Authority of the government of Malaysia, AsureQuality Limited of the government of New Zealand, Surbana Jurong Private Limited of Singapore, the International Halal Labuan Foundation, the State of Johor Islamic Religious Council, and the HALTEX Group.
Working collaboratively, coordinating and leveraging their strengths and collective depth of knowledge, the Alliance will execute comprehensive solutions for the sustainable development of the global Halal economy. The Alliance covers the following core areas of the Halal Ecosystem:
- Methodologies for Food Safety in Halal;
- Halal and Food Safety Verification and Auditor Training;
- Production, Processing and Distribution Infrastructure that are Halal and Food Safety secured;
- Systems for Verification, Tracking, Traceability and Authentication of Halal, Food Safety and Wholesome products;
- Global Market Access through a secured Trade Platform for Qualified Products;
- Islamic Finance for Trade and Investments;
- Community Engagement platform for Halal Regulators worldwide;
- Community Engagement platform for Halal Food Producers worldwide.
With consumers globally demanding an assurance of safe and wholesome foods which can be tracked in a transparent and traceable manner throughout the sourcing, production and distribution chain, challenges need to be overcome and solutions found for a complex set of issues:
- Heightened risks to the integrity of the food supply chain due to the globalization of food sourcing, production and distribution;
- Rising standards of halal and food safety regulations and standards by governments to protect their food supply create economic sustainability problems for producers, and especially SMEs;
- Varying and newly developing laboratory testing frameworks for food health;
- Advances in Food Science resulting in new food technologies and quantification of hazards;
- Varying criteria for Halal Certification by government associated organizations, national standards bodies and independent private Halal certification bodies; and
- Empowerment of consumers through social media and mobile technologies which make information on wholesome foods and alerts on any compromise in the integrity of the food value chain instantly accessible.
The Global Halal Alliance provides sustainable solutions and infrastructure for the stakeholders of the Halal Economy – governments, businesses, regulators and consumers. Its raison d’être is to safeguard trust and provide assurance of Halal, Safe and Wholesome products for global consumers.
“It is Clean. It is Healthy. It is Safe. It is Halal”
Source: Thomson Reuters “State of the Global Islamic Economy Report 2015/16”).
Messages from the Global Halal Alliance Partners
ISKANDAR REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY (IRDA)
“Halal is fast gaining worldwide recognition and this is not merely because the Muslim population is growing in number, but more significantly, because Halal is being recognized as a new benchmark for safety and quality assurance. Promoting halal industry has gone beyond being driven by religious obligation but also by its lucrative commercial potential. Amidst growing global population, increasing purchasing power in major population centres and changing lifestyles, there is an increase in the demand for more Halal products and services.
Iskandar Malaysia is poised to be the world’s leading centre in Halal Services and Production of Food and Non-food products within a period of 10-15 years. As the Authority mandated to oversee the planning of Iskandar Malaysia, it has the necessary infrastructure, facilities and core industries in place to support the growing Halal products and services sector for prospective investors to explore, with the advantage of improved connectivity with surrounding regions and countries and able to play the role as a true hub for Halal products and services.
With the inception of the Global Halal Alliance, we will continue to emphasize the importance of innovation, sustainability and integrity while providing assurance in the Halal economy.”
Datuk Ismail Ibrahim
Iskandar Regional Development Authority (IRDA) and Global Halal Alliance Partner.
“Building and protecting confidence in food quality, safety, values and brands is a growing imperative from markets, regulators, producers and consumers. AsureQuality is honoured to have been invited to join the Global Halal Alliance and integrate our whole-of-supply-chain food safety and quality expertise and perspectives into the value chain for halal products.”
Mr John McKay
Chief Executive Officer
AsureQuality Limited and Global Halal Alliance Partner
“We are pleased to be part of the Global Halal Alliance. With our roots in Asia and a global track record of building over 50 industrial parks, Surbana Jurong is confident that we will deliver a total urban, infrastructure and engineering solution for the halal food industry.”
Mr Teo Eng Cheong
Surbana Jurong Private Limited
“The essence of “Halal” is the TRUST in safe, wholesome and nutritious foods. The partners in the Global Halal Alliance have joined together in order to safeguard this trust in halal and safe food from production through to the consumer within a complex and increasingly diverse global supply, processing and distribution chain. The Global Halal Alliance will work together with the nutrition, food and beverage industry to build food safety and halal bonded infrastructure, help remove halal trade barriers, and ultimately link global markets to trusted production bases through a holistic implementation of solutions to build and protect this trust.”
Mr Mohammad Azul Mohd Shah
HALTEX Group and Global Halal Alliance Partner.
INTERNATIONAL HALAL LABUAN FOUNDATION
“The universal values of ethical, safe, nutritious and healthy foods, together with environmental friendly and fair trade practices, are the factors that constitute Wholesomeness in Halal. This is relevant not only to the food and products mankind consumes, but also the manner in which it is transacted to ensure Fair Value to all mankind. Often this universal relevance of Halal to mankind is obscured by misconceptions and a lack of execution capability for an integrated approach by the stakeholders of the Halal Value Chain – governments, businesses, regulators and consumers alike. The intent and spirit of collaboration that underlines the formation of the Global Halal Alliance is the model partnership that Halal industry requires in tackling the myriad of challenges in developing the global Halal economy. Halal, with its universal values, is a lifestyle that has relevance not only for the Muslims but also for the global population as a whole in the present and future generations of mankind. The International Halal Foundation shall work to support the efforts of the Global Halal Alliance in realising the vision of developing the global Halal economy.”
YAM Dato’ Seri DiRaja Syed Razlan Ibni Syed Putra Jamalullail
International Halal Labuan Foundation and Global Halal Alliance Partner
For more information, visit www.globalhalalalliance.com
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