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THE MINISTRY of Trade, Investments and Tourism (MTIT) Bangsamoro Halal Board (BHB) recently organized a workshop in Davao City to develop a comprehensive plan for the Bangsamoro Halal industry.
The 6-year Bangsamoro Halal Development Plan 2024-2029, in collaboration with the Bangsamoro Planning and Development Authority (BPDA) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (UN-FAO), aims to boost the region’s economy by producing and Halal products. and services that meet market standards and serve local and global markets.
During the workshop, Minister Abu Amri Taddik emphasized the importance of promoting and practicing Halal within the Bangsamoro Government, saying that the collective output of the workshop will shape the region’s Halal roadmap.
BPDA Director-General Engr. Mohajirin Ali emphasized the need for Halal compliance in businesses and industries in the region to tap wider markets.
The workshop is also aimed at harmonizing the Halal industry within the member countries of BIMP-EAGA (Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines East ASEAN Growth Area).
This collaboration seeks to optimize resource allocation and improve coordination for the Bangsamoro Government’s Halal efforts.
While the Bangsamoro region is in the process of creating the Halal Development Plan, Atty. Sukarno Abas clarified that the region is currently unable to certify or accredit any Halal industry or establishment.
The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the United Nations System expressed their commitment to work together and support the creation of an inclusive, innovative, competitive, resilient, and sustainable economy in the Bangsamoro region.
This collaboration aims to provide opportunities for work and livelihood within the region while utilizing the potential of the global market and the BIMP-EAGA corridor.
During the workshop, Dante Eleuterio, Head of the UN-FAO Mindanao Sub-Office, reaffirmed the commitment of the UN-FAO to support the transition period of the Bangsamoro Government.
Their goal is to create more opportunities for farmers and fishermen, promote sustainable food security, economic development, and better nutrition in the region.
The workshop witnessed the participation of more than 50 planners from various BARMM ministries, offices, and agencies, as well as representatives from development partners, business and consumer sectors, and academia.
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