Global Trade Development Week kicks off in Jakarta

12.05.17 Aktuelles, Mitgliederneuigkeiten

On February 27-28, 2017, stakeholders within the Halal food sector gathered for a discussion at the Global Trade Development Week at the MidPlaza InterContinental Hotel Jakarta to talk about the latest development on the trade of halal food. Halal refers to any item that is processed in accordance to Islamic law.

Organized by KWgroup and supported by various companies and institutions such as Mondelez International and the Indonesian Food and Beverage Association (GAPMMI), the event, which is dubbed “GTDW Halal Trade Manufacturing & Logistics” brought together these stakeholders in the world’s largest market for halal products in order to hear more from the Islamic Ulema Council (MUI) – Indonesia’s top muslim clerical body. MUI is the authority on halal certification in Indonesia and its halal certificate is recognized in nearly all parts of the globe.

The two-day conference presented speakers from both the regulatory and private sectors of the halal industry, such as Dr. Achmad Gunaryo, Director of Legal and International Cooperation at the Ministry of Religious Affairs of Indonesia; Mr. Ergin Beceren, Managing Director of Islamic World Entrepreneurs Network; and Mr. Afifudin, Director at the Scientific and Regulatory Affairs and Food Safety Quality at New Zealand-based PT Fonterra Brands Indonesia.

Dr. Marco Tieman, founder of LBB International, a Malaysia-based consultancy firm that focuses on helping companies attain halal certification, who is also the Chairperson of the forum, said those interested in entering the industry should consider the benefits of being halal certified, especially those who are operating in Indonesia.

“If you take Indonesia’s perspective in global trade, Indonesia’s the largest halal food market in the world... and it’s getting even bigger. So Indonesia is too big to ignore. From multinationals, including those from Germany, if you want to be present here in Indonesia, here in this market, that means your product should be halal certified,” he said.

Other hot topics that emerged during the 2-day discussions were the issues of halal supply management and halal supply chain, as well as expanding the e-commerce platform for the halal market.

GTDW was established in 2010 to provide a platform for trade multi laterals, government regulators and agencies with Multinational Companies across key aspects of the trade process. This year, a number of GTDW conferences are also to be held in Singapore in April and July, and then the United Kingdom in September, with the highlight event to be held in the United Arab Emirates in November.