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| 20 April, 2017

UAE's Rashid bin Fahad discusses mutual co-operation with OIC Secretary-General

Meeting to overcome the technical obstacles facing halal trade, and to promote halal industry and other trade between both their countries.

DUBAI, 19th April, 2017 (WAM) -- Dr. Rashid bin Ahmed bin Fahad, Minister of State, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Emirates Authority for Standardisation and Metrology, and President of the International Forum for Halal Certification Bodies, discussed ways of mutual co-operation with Dr. Yousef Al Othaimeen,Secretary-General of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, OIC, in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

The meeting addressed the assistance to the OIC from the International Forum for Halal Certification Bodies to overcome the technical obstacles facing the halal trade, and to promote the halal industry and other trade between both their countries. The forum will also provide assistance to the countries that have not adopted a halal industry certification agenda, which will facilitate commercial exchange and stimulate the economic sector.

Dr. Rashid bin Fahad highlighted, in a press release today, that the International Forum for Halal Certification Bodies in the UAE will join OIC member countries in achieving this goal, especially with the presence of its 57 Islamic member countries, while they discussed the forum’s participation as an observer in the organisation. The organisation will also obtain the same status in the forum, which will contribute to unifying standards and facilitating trade and economic exchange in the halal industry.

He added that the types of co-operation to be implemented will also include the participation of the certification bodies of the Standards and Metrology Institute for Islamic Countries, SMIIC, in the forum as observers, while the forum, in turn, will participate in the institute also as an observing member. He also referred to potential co-operation with the Islamic Centre for Development of Trade, ICDT, in activities related to the development of the halal industry, as well as with the Islamic Development Bank by providing technical assistance to promote foreign trade between member countries, particularly in manufactured goods.

He stressed that the organisation includes several specialised committees on economy and trade, while the forum can now focus on establishing close co-operation with some of its parts and institutions, especially those with a pivotal economic role in its member-countries and the halal industry, including the ICDT, based in the Kingdom of Morocco, with an emphasis on developing the private sector, small and medium enterprises and the halal industry.

Dr. Rashid bin Fahad added that reaching such joint agreements will help countries which have not developed their halal standards while highlighting the fact that the services of certification bodies will be used to achieve the globalisation of the halal industry.

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