HDC introduces smart system that facilitates the growth of Malaysia’s Halal products and services for the export market
KUALA LUMPUR — With the growing complexity of the USD2.3 trillion global Islamic market and the demanding and emerging trends evolving, the need for a Global Data Halal Pool for Halal products and services was tonight launched by Halal Industry Development Corporation (HDC) to support industry players.
The Global Data Halal Pool, a world’s first, was launched tonight in conjunction with the SMIIC Halal Conference 2015 by Datuk Haji Ahmad Haji Maslan, Deputy Minister (Industry) of International Trade and Industry. Also present at the GHDP launch were the Deputy Minister (Trade) of International Trade and Industry Dato’ Lee Chee Leong, Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Senator Dato’ Dr. Asyraf Wajdi bin Dato’ Dusuki, Deputy Minister of Science, Technology & Innovation Datuk Dr Abu Bakar Mohamad Diah and HDC Chairman Tan Sri Datuk Dr Syed Jalaludin Bin Syed Salim.
Speaking at the launch, HDC Chief Executive Officer Dato’ SeriJamil Bidin said, “The Global Halal Data Pool (GHDP) has been developed to connect Malaysia to the international Halal supply chain through a central depository of authenticated Halal trade information.”
The role of the GHDP underscores the primary importance in Halal governance, certification, services and supply chain. This is especially true since tracking of ingredients and logistics are key elements in maintaining the integrity of Halal products. The GHDP is a collaborative effort between HDC and its key partner GS1, adopting standards with portfolio ranges from BarCodes to eCom (electronic commerce tools) to next generation technologies such as EPC global (using RFID) and solutions such as GDSN (data synchronisation) and GS1 Traceability.
GS1 is an international non-profit organization dedicated to the design and implementation of global standards and solutions to improve the efficiency and visibility of supply and demand chains globally and across sectors. With its head office registered in Belgium, GS1 has more than 30 years’ experience in the development and support of global supply chain standards and technologies.
“GHDP is a smart system that facilitates the growth of Malaysia’s Halal products and services by creating opportunities for export participants (including SMEs) through linkages established with 34 existing datapools globally,” said Dato’ Seri Jamil. GHDP has a standard format making it easy for business owners to upload detailed product information including ingredients, expiry dates, size of packaging, pricing, pictures, all using common templates.
“Common and globally accepted standards allows for ease in sharing product data across a host of retailers and members of the supply chain across every corner of the world. The common formats reduces the need for reformatting based on different countries or retailers, reducing the time to go to market and provides wider market access,” added Dato’ Seri Jamil. GHDP would allow the identification and capture of information about Halal products and services, and enable the sharing of such information in a simple, fast and accurate manner.
“Certainly, this would allow Malaysian Halal business owners easy access to the world’s retailers and traders.” As a result, Malaysian Halal products would take prominence with better visibility on the global front through GHDP. There is efficient and accurate business data to strengthen capture of markets. GS1 offers a diversified portfolio of products, solutions and services including the GS1 System of standards, the most widely used supply chain standards system in the world.