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"Chaos and Lack of Credibility in The Current Halal Markets"

Iccia News | October 25, 2018
 The Islamic Chamber of Commerce , Industry and Agriculture (ICCIA)

Mr. Mohammad Albanna, Deputy Secretary-General of the islamic chamber of commerce, industry and agriculture emphasised on the problem of chaos and lack of credibility regarding the Halal products markets. This was in a speech that he gave on the second day of the the 27th board of directors meeting in Jakarta, which included most of the important activities of the event, starting on the 22 of October 2018 and the event ended on the third day the 24th of October 2018. The activities of the second day started with a speech by the vice president of the republic of Indonesia Mohammad Kalla, then open discussions were held about the important issues that face the industry, agriculture and commerce in the member countries of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).

Then the speech by Mr. Mohammad Albanna was given. Mr. Albanna emphasised on the problem of chaos and lack of credibility regarding the Halal products markets. He talked about the Halal economy in the countries of the OIC and how it can be improved, stressing the existence of conflict of interests and corruption in this area.

Mr. Albanna also talked about how the Islamic chamber had assigned a research organisation to track the Halal markets, and the results showed that 55% of the products that are sold as Halal products are not certified by any official body. They also found more than 400 different organisations that issue Halal certificates in more than 40 countries, which confused a lot of people in where to find a trusted body that certifies these Halal certificates.

Albanna also emphasised that the Islamic Chamber is an authorised entity by the OIC in regarding to the Halal economy and the quality in the member countries. He also said how the Islamic chamber is not for profit, and that its main goal is to organise the market and serve the community, where Islamic chamber possess the largest database in the general fields of commerce, industry and agriculture, and that it is an accepted authority by everyone because it represents the whole Muslim communities. He also talked about how the ICCIA is not competing with any other companies because it does not cooperate and deal with other companies in the Halal market. He emphasised that those were the reasons why the Islamic chamber is considered the most suitable body to certify Halal products.