Proposal for 70 per cent halal products in govt programmes to be presented at KEB 2024

PUTRAJAYA: The proposal to mandate the purchase of 70 per cent halal and Bumiputera products for official government programmes will be presented at the upcoming Bumiputera Economic Congress (KEB) 2024 as a resolution to empower the halal industry, said Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

Speaking to Bernama, he said that another resolution to be presented was to implement the Halal Business Transformation programme through availability assessment activities and business guidance.

The proposed implementation of the Home-Grown Halal Champion Programme, which involved vendor development activities and business coaching in collaboration with multinational firms, would also be presented, said Ahmad Zahid.

"This programme includes expanding the policy of 30 per cent inclusion of bumiputra entrepreneurs' products in the modern retail sector, involving large supermarkets, mini markets and local supermarkets.

"This initiative encompasses the guidance and development of 10 new Halal Championships for selected stock keeping units (SKU) products, spanning categories such as biscuits, instant noodles, canned food, coconut milk, and bakery," he said when met recently.

Zahid said the resolutions were the result of the recent KEB 2024 engagement session, which aimed at empowering the halal industry to position Malaysia as a global leader in the halal economy.

The Economy Ministry, in collaboration with the Rural and Regional Development Ministry, will host KEB 2024, themed 'Positive, Progressive, Innovative,' at the Putrajaya International Convention Centre (PICC) for three days beginning tomorrow.

Zahid, who is also the Rural and Regional Development Minister, said the halal industry contributed 7.9 per cent to the country's Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in 2023, with exports totaling RM53.72 billion, making up 3.8 per cent of the nation's total exports valued at RM1.43 trillion.

He said that as one of the industries with significant potential and value that contribute to the country's socioeconomic growth, the government would take proactive steps to ensure that efforts to empower the halal industry continue.

Citing the establishment of the Halal Industry Development Council (MPIH) as an example, Zahid, who assumed the role of MPIH chairman, emphasised MPIH's pivotal role in driving halal industry development to be more inclusive and competitive on both domestic and international fronts.

MPIH serves as a crucial link bridging the jurisdictions of the federal and state governments, with a membership comprising 14 ministers, 13 menteris besar and chief ministers, the Chief Secretary to the Government, the Attorney General, and the Investment, Trade, and Industry Ministry secretary-general.

KEB 2024 focuses on 10 clusters covering 10 sectors, namely Education Reform and Human Capital; Institutions of Technical, Vocational Education and Training (Main Career Choice) and Strengthening of Halal Industry and Rural Development and Empowerment of Orang Asli Communities.

Other clusters are Wealth Creation and Corporate Dominance; Competitiveness of Bumiputera Enterprises; Mastery of New Technologies; Felda and Federal Territory Land; Socioeconomy of Sabah Bumiputera and Socioeconomy of Sarawak Bumiputera.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim is scheduled to officiate the closing ceremony of KEB 2024 on March 2, while Zahid will inaugurate the opening ceremony.-- BERNAMA

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