Huge Opportunities for Sri Lanka in Global Halal Conscious Industry

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Sri Lanka is well poised to follow examples set by countries like Thailand, Philippines, Indonesia South Korea and Singapore in reaping economic benefits by catering to the ever-growing US$ 2.3 Trillion global Halal conscious market.

This was the key message emphasized by multiple speakers at the inaugural conference organized by Halal Accreditation Council (HAC) under the theme “Opportunities for Sri Lankan Exporters in the Global Halal Market” held at Galadari Hotel in Colombo on 28th July 2016.

Speaking in his welcome remarks, CEO of Halal Accreditation Council, Ali Fatharally stressed on the fact that “the economic opportunities for Sri Lankan businesses are not just income and/or profits but also the ability to harness benefits, including much needed foreign exchange to the country; the ability to increase direct and indirect job opportunities, continuous improvement of quality in their establishment which meets international standards and being sensitive, respectful to an important segment of society”

The conference attended by a wide segment of corporate representatives, government officials, chambers of commerce, economic think tanks and expert insights were shared by industry leaders from Asia Pacific region including Dr. Banchong  Withayametha, Deputy Director of Halal Science Center at Chulalongkorn University, Thailand, Fazal Bahardeen, CEO of CrescentRating Singapore, Rushdi Siddique, Co-Founder & CEO, Zilzar Tech Malaysia, Althaf M. Ali, Vice President- Sales & Marketing of Aitken Spence Hotel Managements and Annes Junaid, Managing Director of CBL Natural Foods (Pvt) Ltd.

Halal Accreditation Council (HAC) is a not-for-profit organisation, registered as a limited by Guarantee Company, and serves as the sole Halal compliance standards certification issuing authority in Sri Lanka.

 

ATTACHED: Photo of audience and Panel Discussion at the Conference (Seated from Left to Right: Mohamed Akif – Moderator, Althaf M. Ali, Vice President- Sales & Marketing of Aitken Spence Hotel Managements Pvt Ltd, Fazal Bahardeen, CEO of CrescentRating Singapore, Rushdi Siddique, Co-Founder & CEO, Zilzar Tech Malaysia, Dr. Banchong  Withayametha, Deputy Director of Halal Science Center at Chulalongkorn University, Thailand, Annes Junaid, Managing Director of CBL Natural Foods (Pvt) Ltd and CEO of Ali Fatharally, Halal Accreditation Council)