Local entrepreneurs urged to get halal certification to access bigger markets

Rosey (third left) with Siti Asmah (on Rosey's right), Zamirudin (extreme right) and others giving their thumbs-up at the programme launch.

By Jaythaleela K

MIRI, Oct 14: Entrepreneurs here were told to obtain halal certification to cash in on the growing market for halal products.

“This includes those non-Muslim entrepreneurs as halal is not only exclusively for Muslims,” opined Assistant Minister for Women, Family and Childhood Development Datuk Rosey Yunus today.

She noted the market for halal products is fast becoming recognised as a vital and important emerging market sector, and emphasised it is a new market force that should not be overlooked.

“With the global market size valued at USD$3 trillion currently, and expected to expand to USD$7.7 trillion by the year 2030, it is time for halal product entrepreneurs to act fast to reap the potential returns,” she added.

Rosey disclosed this at the opening of the BeSS, MeSTI and halal programme held here today.

Rosey (front row, third left) poses for a photo with other guests and the 120 participants of the two-day programme.

With the current world population estimated at over 7.7 billion and a Muslim population of 1.9 billion, the potential of the halal product industry and entrepreneurial opportunities in this sector is indeed vast, Rosey pointed out.

A total 120 local entrepreneurs from the Northern Region are taking part in the two-day programme held at Sarawak Islamic Complex Miri.

“Halal certification provides an expansion path for them to penetrate global market,” she reckoned.

Also present were Zamuridin Ahmad Mansor, Acting Director of the Entreprenuer and Community Development Division of the Sarawak Economic Development Corporation (SEDC), and Siti Asmah Ahmad from the Sarawak Islamic Religious Department (Jais). — DayakDaily