Indonesia, for long the world’s largest halal products consumer, now wants the mantle of the top producer of Shariah-compliant goods. Indonesia wants to be the biggest halal hub.
The world’s largest Muslim-majority nation will set up four new halal industrial clusters this year in line with its plan to require all consumable products to secure halal certification by October 17, according to Ignatius Warsito, a director at the industry ministry. The clusters spread across the archipelago will have 50 to 500 hectares of land in each complex for producing halal products, he said.
With Muslims making up almost 90% of Indonesia’s 265mn population, policy makers are trying to make up for the lost time in tapping the global halal economy that has tripled to $6.4tn from 2012. The country can benefit from growing demand for halal food and beverages. Indonesia wants to be the biggest halal hub.
Indonesian government hope the launch of these four pilot projects will attract others to follow suit and there will be more investment for developing halal products in Indonesia. In the future Indonesia must be able to grow into the largest halal products producer, not only the largest consumer and become an export hub.
Indonesia will start focusing on developing halal food and beverage as the industry’s manufacturing standards are considered among the best. Other prospective sectors include halal tourism, cosmetics, drugs and fashion, he said.
Indonesia’s halal food spending alone was $170bn in 2017, the highest among the top halal consuming nations including Turkey, Pakistan and Egypt, according to the State of the Global Islamic Economy Report.
(Source: The Gulf Hub)