Representatives from the Global Halal industry took part in the Third Gulf Conference on the Halal Industry and Services in Kuwait that took place from May 13 to 15, 2014.
Kuwait’s Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs and the Kuwait Institute of Scientific Research (KISR) organised this conference. World renowned scientists and religious scholars , social activities , political leaders and good people from the halal industry engaged in panel discussion for the betterment of the halal industry.
Among the delegates were the secretary general of Muslim World League , president of Islamic World Bank , Sri Lankan deputy minister of Agricultural and Industry and honorable minister of Kuwait Religious Council.
This year’s theme for the conference was “Developments in the Halal Industry” and it was designed to allow a wide range of scholars, thinkers and halal industry experts to review recent industry changes.
They discussed some key issues that are pertinent to the industry today and on many developments in future for halal industry.
One of the principal aims of the Third Gulf Conference on the Halal Industry and Services was to work towards an integrated system for halal and overcome the gaps in halal product authentication and certification processes.
The agenda of the conference touched on a wide range of industries besides food and beverages; they also featured sessions on cosmetics, medicine, and the animal feed industry.
Delegates at the conference also examined halal-related affairs from an Islamic legal and well being perspective, for example the impact of nanotechnology on halal food authentication and continuous innovations in food packaging materials.
The Islamic Food and Nutrition Council of America (IFANCA®) were represented by Dr. Muhammad Munir Chaudry, IFANCA’s President, who joined the Consultants Panel of the Seminar titled “Investment in the Halal Industry as One of the Means of Guaranteeing the Integration of the Halal Process” on May 15.
“It is very encouraging to see Kuwait’s Gulf Conference in its third year,” said Dr. Chaudry.
He also talked about the feasibility of appointing international halal certification bodies to manage halal affairs in Gulf Cooperation Countries (GCC).
Dr. Munir Chaudry added: “International halal compliance systems are still in the nascent stage of development but I am optimistic that the momentum from this conference and the enthusiasm of the authorities will enable us to synthesize our global halal systems much faster,”
Mohamed Jinna, CEO of Halal India also presented a paper at the conference on “The feasibility of establishing Halal markets as an investment for creating an alternative for Halal products : HMart – a model Halal/ Health Supermarket & Roles of Muslim Young Entrepreneurship.”
The conference received an overall good feed back and most delegates expressed the need for such events and pledged to be back next year!