Warees Halal and IHATEC partner to offer four-day training on Halal policies in Indonesia

The inaugural joint Halal training is curated specially for Singapore-based businesses that wish to produce or sell Halal products in Indonesia.

The signing of the agreement between Warees Halal and PT Insan Halal Terpercaya will see the partners offer a four-day training programme on Halal policies for Singapore-based companies looking to expand in Indonesia

Introduced in 2014, the Indonesian Law No 33 Year 2014 on Halal Product Assurance, stated that products circulating in Indonesia must be Halal certified. This will be enforced in phases from 17 Oct 2024, starting with food and beverage products. To make the process of exporting products to Indonesia easier, Warees Halal (WHL), a government-linked company within the Muis Group, has signed a partnership agreement with PT Insan Halal Terpercaya (IHATEC).

Witnessed by Dewi Hartaty Suratty, CEO of WHL and Aditya Yudha, manager of IHATEC, Sallim Abdul Kadir, chairman of WHL, signed the agreement on 14 Apr 2023 with Nur Wahid, commissioner of IHATEC. The signing ceremony was held virtually and announced against the backdrop of FHA-Food & Beverage 2023 held at Singapore EXPO from 25-28 Apr 2023. This partnership will offer a four-day training programme to Singapore-based businesses that wish to produce in or export to Indonesia. This inaugural programme provides an overview of the latest Halal policies, certification process and export procedures in Indonesia. It will be conducted either online or at a physical classroom in Singapore.

According to the 2020 census results by Statistics Indonesia (BPS), the population of Indonesia stands at 270.2m. With close to 71% of the population classified under the productive age of 15 to 64 years old, Indonesia is poised to become one of the world’s largest economies. As a nation where Islam is the most predominant religion, Indonesia has the largest Muslim population globally. Coupled by favourable gross domestic product (GDP) of about 5% and strong inward foreign investments, the growth potential for Halal trade in Indonesia is booming.

In another report by Bank Indonesia, the Sharia Economy and Finance Report 2020, the domestic spending across Halal economy products and services stood at $184bn in 2020 and is projected to increase by 14.96% CAGR to reach $281.6bn by 2025. The Indonesia Halal Markets Report 2021/2022 published by DinarStandard and Indonesia Halal Lifestyle Center (IHLC) also showcased Indonesia’s tremendous potential in the domestic Halal economy. Whilst relatively low, imports of Halal products into Indonesia valued at $10bn in 2020 in addition to $5bn investments in Halal economy sectors. The report also stated that Halal consumers spend on Halal food and beverage in Indonesia is expected to reach $205m in 2025.

“As one of the biggest markets for Halal food, Indonesia brings vast opportunities for Singapore businesses. Being an organisation that provides holistic Halal services, Warees Halal acknowledges the interest of our local businesses that are keen to export their products to Indonesia. We are here to assist and provide clarity and a better understanding of both the export and Halal certification requirements for Indonesia and this is made possible through our partnership with PT Insan Halal Terpercaya (IHATEC). We are very pleased to see our discussion coming to fruition with the first training programme expected to be conducted on 24 Jul 2023 via online mode,” said Dewi Hartaty Suratty.

Evrin Lutfika, director of PT Insan Halal Terpercaya (IHATEC), said: “This initiative is a stepping stone for IHATEC to connect with businesses from Singapore that want to export to our country, Indonesia. We are very happy to formalise our relationship with Warees Halal and jointly collaborate to help provide a better understanding of the regulations relating to Halal certification, assurance and export. We hope through the knowledge the businesses gain from the training programme, they will be more confident in preparing the necessary documentations and have a smoother export experience.”

Committed to building industry capabilities

As announced at FHA 2022, WHL has entered into a partnership with Temasek Polytechnic (TP) to provide more comprehensive support for businesses in the areas of capacity building, research and testing to facilitate the development, compliance and trade of Halal products and services globally. The collaboration also established a structured learning pathway for tertiary students and adult learners to be equipped with relevant and up-to-date knowledge, skills and tools throughout their career in the Halal and food industry.

Kicking off this collaboration, an accelerated course titled “Fundamentals of Food Science and Halal Certification Management” was successfully conducted from 13 Mar to 26 Apr 2023. The course equipped learners with the knowledge and skills to better manage and maintain their Halal certification through foundational knowledge of food science, the Halal industry as well as certification requirement and compliance. This collaboration was a milestone attempt to integrate topics on Halal food quality with innovation and industry transformation targeted at different learner levels.

As an approved training organisation (ATO) by SkillsFuture Singapore, WHL is committed to being a reliable knowledge partner to continue building industry capabilities with well thought-out programmes that equip businesses with knowledge and skills on Halal certification and Halal-related topics.