Opening of the Indonesia Halal Expo (INDHEX) 2017 in Jakarta

The Halal expo was opened by the Director of Institute for Food, Drug and Cosmetics Assessment (LPPOM MUI), Dr Lukmanul Hakim, Msi. and followed by the Minister of Trade, HE. Mr. Enggartiasto Lukita, Last week in Jakarta.

The Halal market in Indonesia is quite huge, as Indonesia is in number 1 in the world with the largest Muslim population (about 203 millions, 88% from the total population). However, Indonesia id still number 10 on the global Islamic Economy Report 2016/2017 list.

Further reading : Global Islamic Economy Report 2016/2017

With this event, LPPOM MUI would like to improve the Competitiveness of Indonesian Products through Halal Certification, together with Ministry of Trade, Halal Product Assurance Dilution (BPJPH), Food and Drug Supervisory Agency (Badan POM), and Indonesian Food and Beverage Entrepreneurs Association (GAPMMI).

In the previous time, Halal certificate was considered as a trade barrier. Now it is treated and valued as positive point for Indonesian trade system. The Halal certificate must be easier procedures for SMEs and they have to be prioritized for assistance. Interesting new export markets for Indonesia are : Middle East, other Islamic countries.  The same goes for halal products from the Netherlands.

In the Netherlands 3 Halal institutions are active;

  1. Halal Feed and Food Inspection Authority (HFFIA), in The Hague.
  2. Halal Quality Control also in The Hague.
  3. Total Quality Halal Correct Certification (TQHCC), in Leiden.