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15 May 2015

Speech President of WHFC Dr. Lukmanul Hakim, M.Si. at WHFC 1st International Halal Conferance 2015

Assalamualaikum, Wr.Wb

All Praise is to Allah, the almighty for making it possible for us to meet today at the AT EAST PRESTON ISLAMIC COLLEGE. First of all I would like to take this opportunity to give appreciation of the host of this conference, ICCV, SICHMA and EPIC.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Halal is a basic requirements for moslem consumer. The world Muslim population is approaching 1.6 billion people. Muslims are expected to account for 30% of the world’s population by 2025. There are 1.5 billion halal consumers, which means that one of four people are the Halal consumer therefore the Halal Market is become an important emerging market sector. It is a new market force that should not be overlooked. The global Halal market value for trade in Halal foods is estimated at US$547 billion a year. This large market has created interest from food producing countries worldwide.

The total number of Muslims in Asia in 2014 was about 4.3 billion (32,16 %). Total Muslim in Australia are 23.1 Million (2.25%) With this number of moslem population, the Halal market is opened wide. 

More products are becoming available to Halal consumers in all sectors of the market around the world. According to Mintel, on an international basis, there were 12,154 new food and beverage product introductions that used the Halal claim, between January 2009 and November 2010.

Exporting Halal Products to Moslem Countries is become the new trends for businessmen. The total of export of goods in Asia  in 2013 are about $1.271 trillion.

By 2014, Australia had experienced more than 20 years of continued economic growth, averaging more than 3% a year. Demand for resources and energy from Asia and especially China has grown rapidly, creating a channel for resources investments and growth in commodity exports.

Australia plays an active role in the World Trade Organization, APEC, the G20, and other trade forums. Australia has bilateral free trade agreements (FTAs) with Chile, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, Thailand, and the US, has a regional FTA with ASEAN and New Zealand, is negotiating agreements with China, India, Indonesia, Japan, and the Republic of Korea, as well as with its Pacific neighbors and the Gulf Cooperation Council countries, and is also working on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement with Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, the US, and Vietnam.

The total export of Australia is about $250.8 billion (2014 est.) with total summary  export to Indonesia is $6,906 Million. Indonesia was the fifth largest export market for Australian boxed beef and the biggest market for Australian live cattle in 2014. The combined value of beef, offal and live cattle exports to Indonesia was A$883 million FOB in 2014. Indonesia was Australia's largest live cattle export market, taking 624,749 head, more than double year-on-year and was valued at A$461 million FOB. Indonesia accounted for 55% of total Australian live cattle exports in 2013-14.

With the total of population in Indonesia 254 Million (Year 2014) with moslem population for about 200 Million (88%), This is  a great number for Australia exporting to Indonesia. Halal Certified product become important due to the regulation that based on Act no. 18 Year 2009 about Animal Husbandary and Health. Regulation Minister of Agriculture No. 20 Year 2009 about Importation and Distribution Control of Carcass, Meat, and/or Offal from Abroad.

There are several dozen Halal Certification Bodies in most of the exporting countries, and Muslim Government recognizes more credible ones such as Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei, Australia, America, Brussel, Italy and others. However, there are many more Halal certifiers who issue certificates without properly auditing the food producing outlets and their products. These practices are affecting genuine Halal Food Trade and obviously Muslim consumers are consuming products that are doubtful and maskbooh.

The support of government to Halal Certification Bodies in Australia is very important to strengthening the role of World Halal Food Council in order to support the Halal trade or export to Muslim Countries. There are some notes that I would like to underline here,

1.  Halal has nothing to do with corruption
2.  Halal has nothing to do with terrorism
3.  Halal is Halal is not a creation of mankind, it is an order from Allah.
4.  Halal is important for both domestic and exporting markets,
5.  Halal is a matter for a moslem to have  a say and control,
6.  Halal can only be certified  by a reputable and trustworthy organization which is approved by both local and exporting country authorities,
7.  Halal must follow the guides and requirements of the importing countries.


Finally, We thank you for ICCV, SICHMA, and EPIC as the host of the WHFC Conference and would like to express our appreciation for the mayor for the warm hospitality.


Thank you very much for your attention.

Wassalamualaikum, Wr.Wb