PSQCA, Halal Products ink pact

KARACHI: For the organization of OIC-SMIIC World Halal Assembly, an MoU was signed between Pakistan Standards and Quality Control Authority (PSQCA) of Ministry of Science & Technology and Halal Products and Services Association of Pakistan (HAP)/Halal Development Council (HDC).

Pir Bakhsh Jamali, Director General, PSQCA and Acting Chairman of HAP, Kamran Khalili signed MoU at PSACA premises on Thursday.

After the signing ceremony, the Director General briefed the media about the importance of the event. He informed OIC-SMIIC World Halal Assembly would be held on June 3-4, 2014 in Islamabad. He said 140 scholars and experts have confirmed their participation from more than 40 countries. The event would be held under the patronage of Ministry of Science & Technology, while PSQCA would be the host institution and HAP/HDC would be the organizer. He further informed that the event would be held concurrently with the SMIIC 8th General Assembly meetings.

Standards of Metrology Institute of Islamic Countries is an affiliated institution of Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) with its Headquarter located in Istanbul, Republic of Turkey. SMIIC aims at realizing harmonized standards in the Member States and eliminating technical barriers to trade and thus developing the trade among themselves. Answering to a question, Director General said that this event would enhance the image of Pakistan and bring awareness in the international media and market about the opportunities available in Pakistan for the Halal trade.

He said that the vision of PSQCA is to promote quality business culture through standards and conformity assessment to compete internationally. The purpose for the organization of this event is also to bring Pakistan on the Global Halal Trade map and give boost to the efforts of government to achieve desired export results. Mr. Kamran Khalil also briefed the media about the aims and objectives of the event.

He said that international experts would give comprehensive knowledge to the audience; inform opportunities available for the exporters of Pakistan in the trillion dollar global Halal market; focus on issues and challenges related to Halal business, certification, accreditation and marketing. The event would also highlight the role of trade bodies in promotion of Halal trade and highlight the issues, which could be taken up by the government for the next budget and promotion of Halal exports of Pakistan.

The Assembly would be held with the support of following institutions: OIC, SMIIC (Standards and Metrology Institute for Islamic Studies), IDB (Islamic Development Bank); ICCIA (Islamic Chamber of Commerce, Industry & Agriculture); ICDT (Islamic Centre for Development of Trade); ITC (International Trade Centre); HDC (Halal Development Council); GSO (Gulf Standardization Organization); IIHO (International Islamic Halal Organization); DAC (Dubai Accreditation Centre); and Halal fraternity from all over the world.

Kamran said that the Assembly provides biggest opportunity for manufacturers, exporters (food, agro and other consumables and non-consumables companies), government departments, trade bodies, academia, research institutions, and media.

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