The cooperation in the field of Halal products between Brunei Darussalam and Thailand is set to gain momentum following the launch of the ‘Thai Halal Product Fair’ yesterday at the Times Square Shopping Centre.
The fair was inaugurated by the Minister of Industry and Primary Resources, Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Utama Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Yahya bin Begawan Mudim Dato Paduka Haji Bakar.
In his opening remark, Chirdchu Raktabutr, Thailand’s Ambassador to Brunei Darussalam, said, “Through this event, we hope that both countries could promote collaboration and investment in the field of halal products.
“A mini seminar on Halal innovation to provide a platform and for closer cooperation between Brunei Darussalam and Thailand will he held on September 7 at the Ministry of Industry and Primary Resources,” the ambassador added.
He also said that the Thai Halal Product Fair is the first of its kind event organised by the Royal Thai Embassy in line with the government’s policy to promote Halal cooperation worldwide. It was one of the projects highlighted during the Thai prime minister’s visit to ‘Brunei Darussalam earlier this year, he noted.
“The rapid growth of Halal products has captured attention worldwide. This fair aims to introduce as well as to promote the high-quality Thai Halal products to Brunei market,” the envoy said.
Brunei Darussalam and Thailand, he said, “Together could strengthen Halal industries particularly in the food industry of which the global trade is currently estimated at around US$1.4 trillion.”
Khatawut Lohmud (Murad), Deputy Director of the Halal Standard Institute of Thailand, lauded the strong and trusted Halal brand of Brunei Darussalam.
“We accept the Halal certification from Brunei as we understand that the strict and solid Halal standard procedures are similar to the standard that we apply in Thailand, and therefore, we welcome Brunei’s Halal products to Thailand. This applies to our Halal certification as well and we hope Brunei also will accept our certification and allow our Halal products to be imported to Brunei.”
Khatawut Lohmud, who is also the Head of Academic Affairs in the Central Islamic Council of Thailand, hopes to build further cooperation in the field of Halal with Brunei during the upcoming seminar.
Currently, Thailand has 103,000 products under its Halal certification, he said. The fair will be held until September 6.