Completing Halal Certification.”
The Halal Product Assurance System (SJPH) success is primarily determined by optimizing the role of quality halal inspection institutions from the national to the international regional level. This state was conveyed by the Vice President of the Republic of Indonesia, K.H. Ma’ruf Amin, at the LPPOM MUI Halal Award 2023, which took place on September 4, 2023, at the IPB International Convention Center, Bogor.
“LPPOM MUI still ranks highest in achieving halal certification completion. Around 75 percent of halal products that are certified halal are the result of LPPOM MUI audits. The seriousness and dedication of LPPOM MUI since 1989 has made LPPOM MUI a trusted and international halal inspection agency, with dozens of partners spread worldwide,” said Ma’ruf Amin.
In addition, he explained that the need for halal products has become a competitive trend in international trade. We must seize the opportunity and huge potential for demand for halal products together so that it makes a significant contribution to the national economy. The increasing world population and the development of a halal lifestyle are the main factors in today’s growing consumption of halal products. It is predicted that this halal lifestyle trend will continue to persist.
This condition requires business actors to be able to produce quality and globally competitive halal products through continuous innovation and improvement. Furthermore, business actors must have quality halal products while maintaining environmental sustainability and social care. Therefore, the government continues to strive to create a solid SJPH as an embodiment of the Indonesian Sharia economy that is inclusive, universal, and sustainable.
“In particular, I would like to highlight the mandate of the Halal Product Assurance Act, which is the obligation to provide halal certification for products circulating and traded in Indonesia. There is still one year left to complete the halal certification obligations for all products in Indonesia. For this reason, we must focus and cooperate to accelerate halal certification from the upstream to downstream sectors, from providing halal meat at slaughterhouses to culinary tourism locations in the regions,” explained Ma’ruf Amin.
Several steps are also essential to take together, such as (1) Increasing literacy and education for business actors and the public regarding the importance of halal certification, (2) Improving the quality of human resources with competent halal certification competency, and accompanied by speed and ease of service. Through digital technology, (3) Strengthening collaboration and synergy across stakeholders, and (4) Setting aside sectoral interests to achieve the target for accelerating halal certification on time.
“To pursue this target, besides maintaining product quality, I demand that halal values be adjusted to standards. In this case, I appreciate LPPOM MUI, which continues to assist companies and business people to achieve halal standards,” said Ma’ruf Amin.
Last but not least, his party congratulated all companies on the nomination list and won an award at the 2023 LPPOM MUI HALAL AWARD. We expect that participation will increase in the coming year. We expect that the Indonesian halal industry will continue to progress rapidly and make a real contribution to society’s and the nation’s welfare. (*)