Pangkalan Baru, – Global Islamic economic and financial trends continue to show significant development in recent years. The large market for halal products brings great potential to this sector to grow in Indonesia. The 2021 Sharia Economic and Finance Report published by Bank Indonesia stated that the share of priority sectors in the halal economic chain in Indonesia’s GDP increased to 25.4% compared to 24.8% in the previous year.

For this reason, the Halal Product Guarantee Agency (BPJPH) is expected to accelerate and optimize halal product certification. In addition to providing protection for the people to guarantee the consumption of halal products, the obligation of halal certification also provides added value to the halal supply chain, leading to increasing the competitiveness of Indonesian exports, especially to the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) countries.

“I set the target of 10 million halal certifications for MSEs by BPJPH to be realized, to enable more Indonesian products to be ready to fill the global halal market,” said Vice President Ma’ruf Amin while attending the Opening of the 2022 International Halal Congress, at the Novotel Bangka Ballroom, Novotel Hotel and Convention Center, Pangkalan Baru, Bangka Belitung, Tuesday (14/06/2022).

Furthermore, the Vice President stated that conducting the 2022 International Halal Congress is momentum to further amplify the halal product certification system.

“This international congress is also an opportunity for us to introduce the halal certification system and the Indonesian halal logo,” said the vice president.

To support this, the Vice President emphasized that technology and innovation play a significant role, so it is necessary to strengthen cooperation in the field of research and innovation, particularly related to the development of halal products.

“I also hope to strengthen cooperation in the field of research and innovation, both in checking product halalness and in finding substitutes for local halal products, through capitalization of the latest technology,” hoped the Vice President.

Previously, Deputy Chairperson of the Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) Marsudi Syuhud revealed that the implementation of halal affairs in Indonesia is carried out by three main actors, namely BPJPH, the Halal Examination Institute (LPH), and the Indonesian Ulema Council.

“The three of them have different tasks and functions but are interconnected in an integrated halal product guarantee ecosystem,” said Marsudi.

Furthermore, Marsudi said that the 2022 International Halal Congress could be a catalyst for strengthening synergies and collaboration between institutions that handle halal products in Indonesia.

“Through this forum, we encourage and emphasize the importance of increasing coordination, collaboration, and synergy between these three actors,” said Marsudi. (SM/SK/LHS-BPMI, Setwapres)