High-level Japanese trade team visits UAE, keen on halal

High-level Japanese trade team visits UAE, keen on halal

The 65-member delegation expressed their keenness to know more about the halal economy and appreciated Al Islami’s efforts towards building a strong halal economy in the region.



By Staff Report

Published: Wed 25 Feb 2015, 11:12 PM

Last updated: Thu 25 Jun 2015, 11:57 PM

The 65-member Japanese team comprised government officials, bankers, industry authorities and entrepreneurs. — Supplied photo

The 65-member Japanese team comprised government officials, bankers, industry authorities and entrepreneurs. — Supplied photo

Dubai — A high-level team of government officials and businesspersons from Japan visited Al Islami, the leading Halal food company in the Middle East, to explore collaboration on stepping up halal practices in their country.

The 65-member delegation expressed their keenness to know more about the halal economy and appreciated Al Islami’s efforts towards building a strong halal economy in the region.

Led by Hideto Akiba, director-general of Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (Hokkaido Bureau), the delegation has met the region’s leaders involved in the halal industry — including food production, banking, logistics, tourism, research and development and financial products. The guests comprised government officials, senior bankers, food industry authorities and top-notch entrepreneurs. The delegation visited the offices of Al Islami Foods where they were briefed about halal food production and the vision of His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to establish the UAE as the capital of the world halal economy.

Later, Al Islami officials and members of the delegation focused on areas of mutual interest and identified methods of joint collaboration.

“The profile of halal has been growing throughout the world and an increasing number of non-Muslim countries are looking at ways to introduce or implement Halal procedures in their economies,” said Aziz Iraqi, commercial director at Al Islami Food Company.

“Al Islami is a keen advocate of halal food consumption and we believe that collaboration with countries such as Japan is the way forward towards spreading the halal message throughout the world.”

The Japanese delegation was briefed about Al Islami’s strict quality standards in food production, along with the fact that the meat was sourced exclusively from farms where the real halal process of no stunning and hand slaughtering was followed.

Japan’s increasing interest about halal and the expected huge flow of tourist from countries in the Middle East and Southeast Asian countries in the 2020 Olympics, is expected to lead to a vast demand for halal products.

As part of its endeavour to promote halal trade, Japan last year successfully hosted the first-ever Halal Expo, which saw the participation of over 250 delegates hailing from Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, India, Thailand, the UAE and Turkey.

— business@khaleejtimes.com


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