GEORGE TOWN, July 2 — The halal industry has the potential to set the world back on course, said Penang Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow.
He said this was because the economic potential of the industry had attracted the non-Muslim community to further develop it involving various sectors.
“This can be seen after the reopening of the country’s borders. For the halal industry to thrive, we must capitalise on the combined synergy that exists.
“We must spur the existing ecosystem with new technologies and explore all areas of growth as well as equip halal entrepreneurs with digital access and knowledge,” he said when officiating the Penang International Halal Expo and Conference (PIHEC) 2022 here today.
Chow said various sectors, including the food and beverages (F&B), cosmetics, pharmaceuticals as well as tourism industries were working to enrich the entire global industry.
“With this positive cooperation, the state government has seen the halal industry in Penang charting impressive growth. By combining economic ecosystem, human telents and stellar background in manufacturing, logistics, and supply chain infrastructure, we are confident of unleashing our best potential,” he added.
A total of 161 exhibition booths covering various business sectors in the halal industry were opened at PIHEC 2022 which brings together manufacturers from all over the Southeast Asian region.