Indonesia actually already has the driving force to become the center of halal world or halal hub. This was conveyed by the Deputy Director of the Assessment Institute for Foods, Drugs, and Cosmetics Indonesian Council of Ulama (LPPOM MUI), Ir. Sumunar Jati, in an online seminar themed Indonesia World Halal Center: Domestic Potential and Global Challenges held by Maarif Hasyim Latif University (UMAHA) some time ago.
“Some of the drivers include the political, economic, social, technological, environmental and legal sectors. In the political sector the government already has a Sharia Economic and Financial Master Plan, formed the Sharia National Economic and Financial Committee (KNEKS) as a work unit of the National Development Planning Agency (BAPPENAS), and formed the Halal Product Assurance Agency (BPJPH) under the Ministry of Religion (KEMENAG),” explained Sumunar.
In the economic sector, Indonesia ranks 5th in the 2019 Global Islamic Economy Index, ranked first as the world’s largest halal food consumption country, ranked first in the 2019 Global Muslim Travel Index, and has a digital economic development master plan.
In the social sector, Indonesia is a Muslim-majority country (87.5 percent). Of course, the Muslim community cares about consuming halal products. While in the technology sector, Indonesia already has a Making Industry 4.0 road map as well as Indonesia’s digital economic growth showing satisfactory improvement.
For the environmental sector, halal and good products are becoming mainstream products in the era and post-pandemic COVID-19. In the legal sector, Indonesia has Halal Product Assurance Act No. 33 of 2014, Government Regulation No. 31 of 2019, Minister of Religion Regulation No. 26, and Decree of Minister of Religion No. 982. (YN)