Expo Centre highlights Halal ME in Malaysia event
Sharjah, April 9, 2013
Expo Centre Sharjah (ECS) recently took part in the Malaysia International Halal Showcase (Mihas) 2013 to promote its upcoming Halal event and the high potential it holds for global manufacturers, distributors and service providers.
Showcasing the Middle East region that is bestowed with oil-powered economies, unique geographical location and a religious composition ideal for the Halal industry to thrive, Expo Centre delegates highlighted the rising importance of the UAE in the Halal world as the Emirates has been chosen to chair two major technical committees to draw up Halal standards.
“Mihas 2013 was the focal point for Halal industry stakeholders, with the participation of hundreds of exhibitors from several countries and thousands of trade visitors converging at the show. By taking part in Mihas 2013, we effectively promoted the 2nd Halal Middle East trade fair and congress to the who’s who of the global Halal industry,” said Saif Mohammed Al Midfa, director-general, Expo Centre Sharjah.
Mihas 2013 featured about 457 companies from 29 countries at 518 booths, attracting some 350 companies for the incoming buying mission with more than 500 representatives from 55 countries, as per initial figures available.
Lilian Segundo, director sales; Sandeep Bolar, project manager; and Adham Ahmed Helmy, project executive; were at hand in the Expo Centre stand to brief the visiting delegates and trade representatives about Halal ME prospects, a statement from Expo Centre said.
The Kuala Lumpur event is an annual trade fair held every second quarter of the year. The exhibition also showcased Malaysia’s push to fully develop the local Halal industry, having initiated more than 100 projects valued at a total of $2.35 billion over the past four years.
Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation (Matrade), the organiser of the show, had also arranged more than 3,500 business matching meetings for local businesses and visiting delegates.
“With some 18 per cent of the world’s 1.6 billion Muslims living in the Arab World, the potential is very high in the region. The fact that most of the Halal products here are imported also emphasises the prospects of the regional market to Malaysian and other global Halal producers and service providers. The response the Expo team received at Mihas 2013 was excellent and we will be working to convert them into constructive deals, either as exhibitors, delegates or as trade visitors,” said Segundo.
Under the patronage of Dr Sheikh Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qassimi, Supreme Council member and Ruler of Sharjah, Halal Middle East will be held at Expo Centre Sharjah from December 16 to 18, along with Halal Congress Middle East.
For its second edition, Halal ME will be a comprehensive sourcing point for all Halal products, from food to pharmaceuticals and insurance to tourism, while the Halal Congress ME will offer a gathering point for food producers, exporters, importers, dealers as well as scholars and experts on Halal markets and standards. – TradeArabia News Service
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