The steady growth of global halal markets and the high demand by consumers to purchase these products are one of the most important features that characterized the consumer products sector and the Halal food sector in particular. Statistical reports indicate that the demand for halal food products is rising to 1.1 billion dollars, And is expected to reach $ 1.6 billion by 2020 due to the development of the economies of Muslim countries and the increasing demand for halal products from some new markets in Europe, Japan, India and China.
It is important to note here that the change in the concept of halal products, previously associated with food only, especially meat, has spread to new sectors such as cosmetics and personal care, leather and textiles, pharmaceutical and pharmaceutical products, tourism and freight and logistics services, With the latest studies reaching nearly US $ 6 billion in 2020 and continuing to rise to US $ 10 billion by 2030.
The Islamic economy has provided an excellent opportunity to promote the Halal industries and develop various services and related activities. However, the industry still faces many challenges, such as the absence of uniform standards for accreditation practices and conformity assessment of entities operating within this system. Halal products between countries, which negatively impacted the movement of trade between countries.
With the growing numbers of Muslims in non-Muslim countries, the demand for halal food has increased significantly, so it is important to find new mechanisms that meet consumers’ needs and to review the traditional methods of dealing with this sector in order to ensure its continuation at the same pace.
We also believe that the initiative to establish the International Forum of Halal Organizations (IAHF) is a complement to the good efforts that the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has sought to issue in the context of the establishment of common technical standards for trade facilitation, which will be complemented by the Forum through the establishment of a unified and internationally agreed framework for conformity assessment and certification The Halal sector, to ensure the efficiency of conformity assessment bodies operating in this field, and to enhance consumer confidence in products with Halal certificates and certificates around the world. We also seek, through our work at the International Forum of Halal Accrediting Bodies, to conclude multilateral recognition agreements between its member accreditation bodies, with a view to supporting and facilitating international trade in the Halal sector.
We are confident that the constructive cooperation between the partners and the stakeholders of the Halal system will consolidate efforts and achieve common objectives that meet the requirements of the World Trade Organization, which calls for the reduction of technical obstacles to trade movement and meets the expectations of consumers alike.