News From : DagangHalal.com (15 Apr 2011)
6th World Halal Forum Keynote Address by YAB Tun Abdullah Haji Ahmad Badawi, Former Prime Minister of Malaysia at Opening Ceremony, World Halal Forum, 4th april 2011.
Ladies and gentlemen,
Assalamualaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatu and good morning.
1.It is my pleasure and honour to stand before you today, here at The 6th World Halal Forum, to address delegates from the world over.
2.When i look back to the first in 2006 when we unveiled The World Halal Forum charter, there was a declaration of aims and objectives among which were:
I. To become a focal point for the halal industry, II. To gather the leading stakeholders to share their knowledge and expertise, III. To stimulate the growth and development of the halal market, IV. To support the development of world-class halal standards covering the entire supply chain.
3. I recall fondly all the astonishing efforts by everyone when we first coined the term “Halal Industry”. Now, that term has become a serious economic sector. It is, therefore, useful to look back at our stated aims in order to measure how far we have come, or where we have fallen short.
Ladies and gentlemen
4. Alhamdulillah, in reviewing The World Halal Forum charter, while there is still a great deal to be done, we have persevered and indeed achieved several important milestones. There is no doubt that The World Halal Forum has played a pivotal role in creating a focal point that has helped to define the landscape of the halal industry as a global phenomenon. The halal sector now commands the attention of policy makers, captains of industry, entrepreneurs and academics from all over the world.
5. In terms of bringing solutions to halal sector issues, The World Halal Forum has responded to industry’s concerns for clear and comprehensive halal standards covering the full spectrum of the supply-chain. The formation of The International Halal Integrity Alliance can be seen as one of the first major achievements of the WHF.
6. With initial support from the Malaysian government, the IHI Alliance has been able to meet the challenge of developing world-class I.S.O compliant standards that are now beginning to be widely accepted. By adopting a modular approach, the IHI Standard Modules have been able to cover the entire halal supply chain from farm to fork.
7. Furthermore, the IHI Alliance has developed accreditation standards that will enable the halal compliance procedures, especially among the major non-Muslim food producing nations, to be monitored and regulated with the same degree of efficiency and transparency as the mainstream food industry.
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8. All of these innovations have been part of the fruits of The World Halal Forum that brings benefit to the halal sector stakeholders, both within the industry and to the 1.7 billion Muslim consumers all over the world. indeed, staying true to its name, The World Halal Forum has travelled all over the world, and has staged programmes in over 22 countries since our inaugural event in 2006. Continually learning, networking, understanding local issues and discovering new initiatives and committed stakeholders, The World Halal Forum has remained an active and relevant focal point of the halal industry.
9. This year, at The 6th World Halal Forum, we can all draw benefit from a programme with the theme ‘Towards a Halal Economy â€“ The Power of Values in Global Markets’.
10. This is a time when the world is beset with trials and difficulties, many of which we have collectively brought on ourselves by straying beyond the natural limits, and allowing global imbalances to dominate our social, environmental and economic landscapes.
11. It is at times such as these that the natural balances inherent in the divine guidance of the Qur’an and the sunnah of our prophet, salla’llahu alayhi wa salam, are urgently needed.
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12. I believe that the application of the prophetic teachings has a vitally important role to play in today’s turbulent world. And nowhere is this truer than in our economic and commercial activity.
13. Rampant greed in the conventional financial centres has not only led to economic turmoil in the banking sectors, but unchecked speculation has also led to excessive escalation of prices of basic food commodities that has created a new kind of hunger, one based on artificially high prices, not on an actual scarcity of food. We need a new economic paradigm that is based on firm foundations that are capable of restoring justice and harmony to global markets.
14. In this light, it is a welcome sight to see a fresh initiative at this year’s World Halal Forum that brings together the halal food sector with the Islamic finance industry.
15. Research by WHF shows in 2010 the halal food industry stood at usd 641 billion and is now estimated to be worth usd 661 billion. Overall, the combination of halal food, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics and travel is estimated to be worth over usd 2.3 trillion.