Quotes: US MENA   Enter Symbol: NewsLetter: Search: advanced

UAE - Halal food sector in Russia poised for healthy growth  Join our daily free Newsletter

MENAFN - Khaleej Times - 24/12/2013
No. of Ratings : 0
Add to Mixx!



(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) Demand for halal foods is on the rise in Russia as more and more native Muslims study their religion and come to the necessity to consume only halal.

The halal food industry's future is bright, but stakeholders should unite on uniform standards for halal certifications and a single international body to govern the industry to promote the industry.

"The halal food industry is growing in double-digit numbers in Russia. Annually, we certify more than 40 enterprises in different spheres of production," Madina Kalimullina, director of the Economic Department of Russia Muftis Council, told Khaleej Times in an interview.

"And their [native Muslims'] number now exceeds 25 million. Apart from that number we have 10 million Muslim work migrants from CIS countries that form the demand for halal products; although they are from a low income group, but the demand is massive."

"And another big group of consumers are non-Muslims, who choose halal for its quality," she added.

Kalimullina, who is also a director of Moscow Halal Expo, is upbeat about the future of the halal food industry worldwide.

"The present stage of the halal industry development can be considered as mutual acquaintance and deeper knowledge of each other among certification bodies. The efforts of the SMIIC to work out common standards for halal production started in 2011 are likely to give results in the coming years.

"Based on commonly-recognised standards, system of audit, constant research and innovations, the halal industry, by the will of Allah, has the ability to become the world brand of healthy, ecological and safe products and services."

"In the coming years the issues of logistics, regulation, customs clearance and distribution would be put on the agenda more often as the concept of halal will require new routes in the international trade," she said.

About uniform standards for halal certifications and a single international body to govern the halal food industry, she said that presently, the only body able to unite views in this issue is the OIC and its structures.

"The issue, however is complicated due to different mazhabs and business practice. At the same time, unanimous efforts of Muslims around the world are sure to result in a deeper integration and development of halal production, trade and investment. And, most important, development of social and moral spheres of life of the society," she said.

Kalimullina, who did PhD in economics, said the Russia Muftis Council is doing every effort to promote halal food in the country.

She said that in 2002, the council formed the Centre for Halal Standardisation and Certification, which later obtained international status. In 2011, the Department of Economics was created within the RMC administrative structure.

"In general, there is a plan of umma economic development worked out by the RMC Economic department which includes the enlightenment in the sphere of Islamic business ethics and Islamic finance, halal certification system development, educational courses, translation into Russian language of the international Shariah standards in Islamic finance adopted by the AAOIFI, support is halal business and Islamic finance companies, Business Development Club, and, finally, Moscow Halal Expo."

Kalimullina said the project of Moscow Halal Expo started in 2010 as a joint platform for halal business development in Russia. Among its objectives are support of halal producers, enhance of trade and economic relations between Russia and the Islamic countries, attract public and investors' attention to the opportunities of the lucrative halal market, support of innovations in the market and other.

"Now, we direct efforts at development of new business and investment projects in halal sphere. Presently the most important of which is the chain of halal distribution chain all over Russia," she said.

About the council structure, she said there are 27 religious boards of Muslims, which form the Russia Muftis Council and overall about 2,000 local Muslim religious organisations from over 60 regions of Russia.

"The halal certification is held by the International Centre for Halal Standardisation and Certification under the Russia Muftis Council since 2003. The standard of halal production is based on international experience and has come through four editions," she said.

About the participation in second OIC Halal Middle East Exhibition and Congress concluded in Sharjah last week, she said: "For us the participation in the Halal Middle East brought new contacts, news projects and ideas. It is another good opportunity to visit the UAE, particularly, Sharjah and to have a deeper understanding of the market."

"We hope that UAE will become a serious investor to develop halal food industry in the Russian Federation," she concluded.

 


Khaleej Times




  MENA News Headlines
 Oct 24 2014 - Saudi- Rem Sibug leads winners in InterCon Monthly MedalArab News
(MENAFN - Arab News) Talented Filipino young golfer Christer Rem Sibug was back in winning mode after a vacation in his native Philippines when he claimed the centerpiece A-Division title last Friday ...

 Oct 24 2014 - Saudi- Lifebuoy bowlers strike double in Mobily CupArab News
(MENAFN - Arab News) Lifebuoy bowling team made an impressive start to the Thursday League 12th Conference for Mobily Cup winning a Team of the Week and Bowler of the Week double at the Bowling City ...

 Oct 24 2014 - Saudi- Alaska Aces trump Purefoods 93-73Arab News
(MENAFN - Arab News) MANILA: Everything was going well for debuting reigning Grand Slam champion Purefoods on Wednesday night until the Star Hotshots known last season as the San Mig Coffee Mixers ...

 Oct 24 2014 - Malaysia charges 3 with supporting ISArab News
(MENAFN - Arab News) KUALA LUMPUR: A Malaysian court on Thursday charged three men with supporting the Islamic State (IS) after they were arrested while attempting to leave the country to join the ...

 Oct 24 2014 - Corruption 'paralyzes' Ukraine: PoroshenkoArab News
(MENAFN - Arab News) ODESSA Ukraine: Corruption is 'paralysing' Ukraine's economy President Petro Poroshenko said Thursday on a pre-election visit to the country's most important sea port.Poroshenko ...

 Oct 24 2014 - New Swedish govt steps up spendingArab News
(MENAFN - Arab News) STOCKHOLM: Sweden's new left-wing government presented Thursday its 2015 budget with the Nordic country's largest deficit in nearly two decades as it seeks to boost employment ...

 Oct 24 2014 - Canadian PM vows tougher security laws after attackArab News
(MENAFN - Arab News) OTTAWA: Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper pledged more surveillance and detention powers for security forces in Canada on Thursday after a gunman killed a soldier and ...

 Oct 24 2014 - Unrest casts doubts on Nigeria's 'cease-fire' with Boko HaramArab News
(MENAFN - Arab News) KANO Nigeria: A deadly bombing in northern Nigeria and new details about kidnappings at the weekend blamed on Boko Haram cast further doubt Thursday on the government's claim ...

 Oct 24 2014 - Ebola still of 'great concern' in W. Africa epicenter: WHOArab News
(MENAFN - Arab News) GENEVA: Top experts on the Ebola virus raised grave concerns Thursday about the worsening epidemic in west Africa as the number of people with the disease neared 10000.The World ...

 Oct 24 2014 - Tunisian cop killed in clash with militantsArab News
(MENAFN - Arab News) OUED ELLIL Tunisia: A Tunisian policeman was killed and another wounded on Thursday when security forces clashed with militants on the outskirts of Tunis three days before ...

more...


 






Google

Click to Apply

 
 

Middle East North Africa - Financial Network

MENAFN News Market Data Countries Tools Section  
 

Middle East North Africa - Financial Network
Arabic MENAFN

Main News
News By Industry
News By Country

IPO News
Islamic Finance News
Private Equity News

How-To Guides
Technology Section

Travel Section

Search News

Market Indices
Quotes & Charts

Global Indices
Arab Indices

US Markets Details

Commodoties

Oil & Energy

Currencies Cross Rates
Currencies Updates
Currency Converter

USA Stocks
Arab Stocks
 

Algeria 
Bahrain 
Egypt 
Iraq
Jordan 
Kuwait 
Lebanon
Morocco 
Oman 
Palestine
Qatar 
Saudi Arabia 
Syria
Tunisia 
UAE 
Yemen

Weather
Investment Game
Economic Calendar
Financial Glossary

My MENAFN
Portfolio Tracker

Voting

Financial Calculators

RSS Feeds [XML]

Corporate Monitor

Events

Real Estate
Submit Your Property

Arab Research
Buy a Research

Press Releases
Submit your PR

Join Newsletters


 
© 2000 menafn.com All Rights Reserved.  Terms of Service | Privacy Policy | Contact Us | Advertise | About MENAFN | Career Opportunities | Feedback | Help