Philippines to boost halal food exports
Abu Dhabi, November 4, 2008
The department of agriculture from the Philippines will showcase its finest halal products at a major expo in Abu Dhabi.
The second annual Halal World Expo is being held from November 11 to 13.
Products on display at the GCC’s leading exhibition dedicated to the global halal industry, will include Filipino specials such as fresh mango, lechon manock (baked chicken), coconut milk and shrimp paste.
The country’s first appearance at the event will be a prime opportunity for Filipino food exporters to boost their sales, said an official.
'Filipino food may not have the reputation of other international cuisine, so this is a deserved chance for the Philippines to prove that it can tempt the taste buds of halal food consumers as much as any other country in the world,” stated Christine Weaver, exhibition director for Halal World Expo.
'The strategic business location of the UAE means it is an active and challenging market as well as a re-export hub in the Middle East / African region,' said the Phillippines’ department of agriculture secretary, Arthur C Yap.
'The Philippines can look ahead to major expansions in trade particularly in our export of food and related agricultural products. The UAE remains the top export market of the Philippines in the Middle East/African Region and it is where the country got its Halal accreditation in June 2006,' he added.
Organisers IIR Middle East are emphasising that the expo is also a business platform catering to the needs of the global halal producers, traders and business leaders.
In addition, it will focus on halal lifestyle products, including Islamic fashion, cosmetics and other health care products, for which there is a growing demand in the UAE and other parts of the Middle East.
Running alongside the exhibition will be the Halal World Expo Forum which will include a session dedicated to Islamic Finance and Shari’ah compliant banking and financial products.
With its dense concentration of Muslim consumers, the Middle East is one of the premier users of quality halal products in a rapidly expanding industry which is now reaching 1.8 billion consumers worldwide and worth an estimated $2.1 trillion, said a statement.
In the UAE, 80 per cent of imported food is halal.Imported products come from countries such as Brazil and Australia, the latter exporting 43,071 tonnes of mutton, 17,685 tonnes of lamb and 3,312 tonnes of beef to the Middle East in 2006.
Last year the Emirates accounted for 7.77 per cent of the world’s lamb and beef imports and 15.38 per cent of all poultry imports, second only to Saudi Arabia.-TradeArabia News Service