Malang: Vice President Ma'ruf Amin hopes Indonesia can become a major exporter of halal products.
According to Ma'ruf, Halal products are not limited to food and beverage, but also other products such as tourism services, Muslim fashion, media, cosmetics, medicines and entertainment.
"We do not want to become mere consumers, moreover just giving halal rubber stamps for halal products entering Indonesia," Ma'ruf said here on Wednesday, November 27, 2019.
The world's halal products reached US$2.1 trillion in 2017. It is expected to become US$3 trillion in 2023.
Based on the Global Islamic Economic Report in 2019, Brazis is the world's largest halal product exporter with export value worth US$5.5 billion, followed by Australia US$2.4 billion.
Ma'ruf stessed that Halal industry must not exploit Islamic symbols. He explained that it must give the best products and benefits for the interest of Muslims, the nation and the country.
"I would be happy if halal products consumed by our people are produced domestically, and hopefully we could become a major halal product exporter," Ma'ruf added.
Last month, The Halal Product Law came into effect. It regulates the processing, materials, and certification of Halal products, in addition to establishing partnerships with international Halal agencies. It also stipulates the establishment of the Halal Products Certification Agency (BPJPH), a new government agency under the Ministry of Religious Affairs that will issue Halal certificates through a one-stop-shop system.
According to the law, many consumer products and related services that enter and are traded in the country must now be Halal-certified, while some products and services will have until 2022 to comply. (Antara)