Seminar "Peculiarities of Halal Certification"



Date: 11 July 2018

The Belarusian Chamber of Commerce and Industry hosted a seminar "Peculiarities of Halal Certification".

The event was attended by the Chairman of the BelCCI Vladimir Ulakhovich, the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Belarus to the United Arab Emirates and concurrently to Kuwait, Qatar and Saudi Arabia Roman Golovchenko, Director of the Emirates Authority for Standardization and Metrology Abdulla Al Maeeni, Deputy Chairman of the Muslim Religious Association in the Republic of Belarus, BelHalal LLC Director Rustam Khasenevich, the representatives of the Ministry of Agriculture and Food of the Republic of Belarus, 40 Belarusian exporting enterprises.

The Chairman of the Belarusian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Vladimir Ulakhovich noted that Belarus has a great potential to increase exports to Muslim countries. He said, "The countries where halal products are in demand account for 20% of the global food market. In recent years, this market segment has been growing very fast. If we take a look at ten countries where halal products are in high demand, seven of them are our traditional partners: Pakistan, the UAE, Oman, Indonesia, Egypt and others. We need to work to harness this potential. Export diversification is another priority for our country."

Ambassador of Belarus to the United Arab Emirates Roman Golovchenko told that obtaining the halal certificate is a priority for Belarusian enterprises. Halal is not a generic certificate valid in all Muslim countries. There are different certification systems. A Belarusian enterprise may have the halal certificate to export to one region but needs another one to enter a new market. In particular, none of the Belarusian meat processing plant has yet a certificate compliant with the UAE halal system. Meat products have special requirements, and Belarusian meat industry enterprises seeking to work in this market must comply with these requirements. The procedure is not very easy. An enterprise needs to perform a lot of technical procedures, to adapt the technological cycle.

Director of the Emirates Authority for Standardization and Metrology Abdulla Al Maeeni noted that Belarusian food products are known for their high quality. "The goal of the current visit to Belarus is to explore new areas of cooperation and new kinds of goods to be delivered under the halal certification system. The UAE now applies a simplified certification system. The certificate that will be issued under this system will be valid in many markets," he said.

The seminar was organized as part of the new large-scale project of the BelCCI "School of Export". The aim was to step up exports to Muslim countries and other halal products markets. The businessmen got application-oriented information on the rules of obtaining a halal certificate.

Based on BelTA

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