HDC Leads Halal Industry Knowledge Transfer Across ASEAN

Petaling Jaya, 14 June 2024 (Report by Norsida Ahmad):  The Halal Development Corporation Berhad (HDC) is taking a proactive step to fast-track halal industry’s development within this region by organizing the Malaysian Technical Cooperation Programme (MTCP) – Halal Industry Module, a bilateral technical cooperation programme established by the Malaysian Government to share

Mr. Khairul Azwan Harun, Chairman HDC during MTCP

Malaysia’s development experiences and expertise with other developing countries.

The first series of the programme, entitled “Halal: Industry Awareness and Ecosystem Development”, concluded yesterday with 15 international delegates from the Philippines, Lao People’s Democratic Republic and Thailand completing the 10-day programme.

Specially designed to help each country’s representatives understand and experience Malaysia’s approach to developing the halal ecosystem, MTCP also guides the delegates in developing their halal ecosystem in their respective countries.

Speaking at the MTCP’s closing ceremony, HDC Chairman Khairul Azwan Harun said, “Our intention to share our experiences with our ASEAN neighbours stems from the similarities in our cultures and experiences. As the coming ASEAN Chairing country in 2025, Malaysia is focused on strengthening engagement within ASEAN, allowing us to share our resources and collectively build a community that benefits from each other’s expertise.

With the 1.9 billion Muslims worldwide or 24 per cent of the global population driving the demand for halal products and services, the projected USD 5 trillion global halal market size by 2030 is “too significant for ASEAN to ignore and too vast for any one country to fulfil alone,” said Azwan.

“Therefore, we hope that ASEAN countries can collaborate to build a robust halal ecosystem and collectively tap into this economic opportunity. We, at HDC, can help develop a customized framework to realize the potential of halal trade in various aspects as well as solutions to support the movements of halal products and services,” he added.

Fully funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Malaysia (MOFA), this programme highlights Malaysia’s crucial role in advancing halal awareness and supporting ecosystem development in the industry. This accreditation further cements HDC’s standing as a premier institution committed to promoting knowledge, expertise and best practices in the global halal industry.

[ABOUT HALAL DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION BERHAD. HDC spearheads the development of Malaysia’s integrated and comprehensive halal ecosystem and infrastructure to position Malaysia as the most competitive country leading the global halal industry. Established on 18 September 2006, HDC is the central coordinator that promotes participation and facilitates growth of industry players in the development of Malaysia’s Halal ecosystem.  An agency under the Ministry of Investment, Trade and Industry; it is the world’s first Government-backed halal industry development corporation. For more information, please visit HDC at – www.hdcglobal.com.]



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