Shanghai, The Indonesia Post – Indonesian Vice President Ma’ruf Amin said that Indonesia does not want to only be able to provide halal certification, but wants halal products from Indonesia to be the largest.
“Now Indonesia not only wants to provide halal certification standards in the world but wants to become the country that produces the largest halal products in the world,” said Vice President Ma’ruf Amin in Shanghai, China on Monday.
Vice President Ma’ruf conveyed this during a meeting with representatives of the Food, Drug and Cosmetics Study Institute of the Indonesian Ulema Council (LPPOM MUI) Shanghai and Halal Sector Entrepreneurs in China which took place at the LPPOM MUI China Office which is also the Shanghai Al-Amin Office Consultant, a subsidiary of Shanghai Al-Amin Biotech Co. Ltd.
“Indeed, we created a kind of halal standard which has become a halal standard system in the world and is recognized by 50 halal certification bodies and has become a trusted halal standard in the world,” added the Vice President.
To develop halal standards, MUI created the first LPPOM MUI representatives in various countries, including in Shanghai.
“And also recognizing certificate institutions in various countries by providing ‘endorsement’ if they have used MUI standards and there are 50 world standard institutions that follow MUI standards,” added the Vice President.
Jokingly, the Vice President said that Al-Amin Consulting was not related to him.
“And there is no business relationship with me, but there is a relationship with me, namely a relationship in the context of developing halal products because at that time I was Chair of the Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) and even before that I was Chair of the MUI Fatwa Commission,” said the Vice President while laughing.
Vice President Ma’ruf also invited entrepreneurs in various countries, especially in China, to invest in halal products in Indonesia.
“Yesterday in Fuzhou we also met with around 10 entrepreneurs, some who have already and some who will invest in Indonesia because the halal lifestyle has become an integral part of the daily lives of the global Muslim community,” added the Vice President.
According to Vice President Ma’ruf, worldwide Muslim consumption of halal food in 2021 will reach 1.27 trillion US dollars and is predicted to reach 1.6 trillion US dollars in 2025. Meanwhile, investment in the halal food sector will almost reach 4 billion US dollars in the period 2020-2021.
“In fact, the halal lifestyle is now reaching the world’s population regardless of religion or belief. Because halal products are synonymous with ensuring the cleanliness, safety and health of a product, this will certainly spur world demand for halal products in the future,” explained the Vice President.
Meanwhile, Dawood Su, Director of the LPPOM MUI Representative Office in Shanghai, is also the Founder and President Director of Shanghai Al-Amin Biotech Co. Ltd. said that he saw that the halal product market in Indonesia had huge potential.
“During our development over the past 20 years, we have succeeded in building a halal gelatin production line of 4,500 tonnes and also a chondrotin sulfate product line of 200 tonnes, and also a production line of 500 tonnes of gelatin protein and 500 tonnes of gelatin sheets, so our hope is that “will further increase production capacity and to increase our production capacity which is our urgent mission,” said Dawood Su.
Chondroitin is a substance that already exists in the human body and is believed to help draw water and nutrients into human cartilage to keep it supple and healthy. Chondrotin can also be found in cow cartilage.
“In Indonesia there is no gelatin production factory and there is also no chondrotin sulfate factory and we want to invest in this field, in Indonesia. I am sure that many Chinese companies also want to invest in Indonesia to meet Indonesia’s domestic needs,” added Dawood.
In 2021, Dawood said that there would be approval for investment in gelatin.
“We hope that this year we can build and produce 500 tons of chondrotin sulfate to encourage Chinese companies to successfully invest in Indonesia. We have built a federation of the Chinese and ASEAN biological industries,” said Dawood.
Present at the meeting were representatives of Chinese companies, such as from Shanghai Al-Amin Biotech Co. Ltd. Ye Fuhai; China-ASEAN Bio-Industry Alliance Xu Ming, Zhang Jiancheng, Zhang Huang, and Zhang Lijun; Hualing Yak Dairy Group Min Wenxiang; Angel Yeast Co. Ltd. Sun Yuxiang, Ren Tao, and Xu Hanqing; A&H International Cosmetics Co. Ltd. Zhang Jing and Zhang Jinnu; Henan Gerun Food Co. Ltd. Wang Xiaomei; and Shanghai Milkground Food Technology Co. Ltd. Ren Song.
Meanwhile the Vice President was accompanied by the Indonesian Ambassador to China Djauhari Oratmangun; Head of the Vice President’s Secretariat Ahmad Erani Yustika; Deputy for Economic Policy Support and Increasing Competitiveness Guntur Iman Nefianto; Deputy for Administration Sapto Harjono Wahjoe Sedjati; Special Staff to the Vice President Mohamad Nasir, Masduki Baidlowi, and Satya Arinanto and other related officials. (mhn/bbs)