UAE Establishes Pan-Arab Framework For Halal Certificate Recognition

Friday, February 22nd, 2019 | 958 Views

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) announced a unified Pan-Arab framework for the mutual recognition of Halal products and services certificates. The announcement was made at the fourth Global Halal Industry Platform and the move aims to enhance competitiveness of halal food in international markets.

“The Global Halal Industry Platform, being held in conjunction with Gulfood Dubai, is considered a meeting point for the most prominent global players in the halal industry. It also represents a major opportunity to exchange ideas and visions of growth, with over 1.6 billion Muslims around the world consuming halal food products,” said ESMA’s Director General Abdulla Al Maeeni.

According to the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), the Halal food and beverages market is expected to reach a value of US$2.5 trillion in 2019. UAE aims to globalise the Halal industry and has been leading efforts by implementing the world’s first Halal food system with standards and practices in the field of accreditation, certification and evaluation. Besides launching the ‘Dubai as the Capital of Islamic Economy’ initiative in 2013, UAE has also established the ‘Dubai Islamic Economy Development Center’ and the ‘International Halal Accreditation Forum’ which includes 32 member states.

A report by Dubai Islamic Economy Development Center states that Muslim consumers around the world are expected to spend US$3 trillion on Halal products by 2023 and the Gulf Cooperation Council alone imports US$50 billion worth of Halal products.