The Halal Industry Development Corporation (HDC) launched World Halal Week 2018 (WHW 2018) themed Building for the Future, a key event steering the growth of the global Halal industry.
At the opening ceremony, Deputy Prime Minister Dato Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi announced that Malaysia leads the Global Islamic Economy Indicator again this year for the fifth time.
“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,” he said.
The 10th World Halal Week seeks to highlight the waves of innovation that have been pervasive in Islamic economy in the recent years, fostering a wide spectrum of Islamic financial products and services.
“The government recognises the potential of the Halal industry and Islamic banking and finance, both pillars for the development of the Islamic economy.
“As such, the government will continue to support the development of these two industries which would provide economic benefit to the country and Muslim ummah globally,” said Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Abdul Rahman Dahlan.
WHW 2018 comprises of the World Halal Conference 2018 (4-5 April) at Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur, the Malaysia International Halal Showcase (4-7 April) at the Malaysian International Trade and Exhibition Centre (MITEC) and the Malaysia International Halal Assembly (26 March-3 April).
For more information on World Halal Week 2018, log on to www.worldhalalweek.com.