With the recent regionalization of countries where the perceived “development divide” of the 10 member countries of ASEAN will be bridged through the regionalization of production base and single market, there is also an expected growing demand for Halal Certified products. On top of this, the growing global Islamic economies have widened the outlook for the Halal industry. Hence, there is an increasing need for an aggressive advancement of the Philippine Halal industry to be able to cope with the international market opportunities and challenges.
With this, the University of Southern Mindanao, in partnership with the Department of Agriculture XI and XII, Department of Science and Technology, Department of Tourism and Mindanao Development Authority, will be spearheading the conduct of the International Halal Congress: Academe Perspective with the theme “Integrating HEIs in the Halal Value Chain” on March 1-3, 2016 in Davao City, Philippines.
This international event aims to bring together stakeholders from the academe, the research community, the industry, and the government sector from the member countries of the BIMP (Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines) sub-region for the presentation of key topics that will contribute to improved knowledge and strategies for the development of a robust Philippine Halal market. Specifically, the forum will highlight the role of Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) and S&T/R&D sectors in harnessing the Philippines Halal market, and will showcase as well the BIMP-EAGA and ASEAN cooperation framework through the “Big Brother” approach wherein our neighboring countries with advanced Halal industries will share their respective experiences, policies, requirements, standards, and quality assurance in the Halal industry.
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