4 June 2015
It also gave the green light to an action plan, to be implemented under these strategies, proposed by the Ministry of Industry. The Bureau of the Budget was told to provide budget allocations for relevant agencies that would implement the action plan.
The vision for these strategies is that Thai halal products and services will be developed to higher standards in the world market and certified by halal science on the basis of Islamic principles.
The objectives are to develop Thailand as a major halal production and export base in the ASEAN region and the world and to make Thai halal products better known and gain greater recognition.
In order to achieve this aim, four strategies have been worked out to expand the halal service sector. The first strategy seeks to develop halal standards and certification. In the second strategy, production of Thai halal goods and services will be enhanced. The third strategy seeks to develop the Thai halal business linking with the international market. In the fourth strategy, halal science research and development will receive a boost in order to strengthen the country’s halal industry.
Many agencies are involved in the five-year action plan for developing and enhancing the potential of Thailand’s halal business. They include the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Tourism and Sports, the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives, the Ministry of Commerce, the Ministry of Interior, the Ministry of Science and Technology, the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Public Health, the Ministry of Industry, and the Southern Border Provinces Administrative Center, as well as religious and private organizations.
Thailand has great potential for producing and exporting more halal food to the world market, especially ASEAN countries. As the ASEAN Community will be in place in late 2015, the regional market for halal products and services is likely to expand significantly. This huge market is waiting to be tapped by the Muslim Thai community, since around 46 percent of 650 million people in the 10 ASEAN countries are Muslim.
Thailand now ranks fifth among the world’s largest halal producers. The Government has provided support for the halal industry in an effort to upgrade the standards of Thai halal products.
The Halal Science Center at Chulalongkorn University is Thailand’s first halal science agency, and it plays an important role in developing the standards of Thai halal food and providing analytical services and research for the detection of contamination detrimental to halal food manufacturing.