Indonesia fast-tracks development of halal industrial estates

Indonesia fast-tracks development of halal industrial estates

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  • The 500-hectare Modern Halal Valley in the Cikande Modern Industrial Estate in Serang district will be the first integrated and largest halal industrial cluster in Indonesia
  • It includes facilities for integrated industrial processes, R&D center, food technology polytechnic center, halal quality management system, sharia funding institution, port, and customs facilities
  • The first stage of construction began in October 2019 and will cover an area of 150 hectares, the second another 150 hectares, and the last stage will cover 200 hectares.

The government of Indonesia is accelerating the development of halal industrial estates, including the ongoing halal industrial cluster project in Serang district, Banten, to boost the country’s halal industry, the industry minister said.

Covering 500 hectares of land, the Modern Halal Valley in the Cikande Modern Industrial Estate in Serang district is set to become the country’s first integrated zone and the largest halal industrial cluster, according to Minister Agus Gumiwang Kartasasmita.

The halal industrial cluster is expected to become an international halal hub in Indonesia, Kartasasmita said.

Based on the master plan, the halal industrial cluster will be developed as an ecosystem with facilities for upstream and downstream processes, including logistics, he added.

It will feature systems and facilities for the production of halal products in accordance with Islamic principles, as well as a research and development center, food technology polytechnic center, halal quality management system, sharia funding institution, port, and customs facilities, Kartasasmita said.

Construction and development of Modern Halal Valley is being undertaken by PT Modern Industrial Estate over five years in three stages, reported Antara News.

The first stage began in October 2019 and will cover an area of 150 hectares, the second another 150 hectares, and the last stage will cover 200 hectares.

The ministry issued a halal industrial estate certificate for the Cikande Modern Industrial Estate on September 2, 2020.

It has also signed an agreement to establish a global halal network with Cordoba Halal Park, Spain; Iskandar Halal Park, Johor, Malaysia; and, the Penang International Halal Hub in Penang, Malaysia.

The agency has also prepared an e-commerce platform for the ecosystem at the Modern Halal Valley, in cooperation with the largest Muslim organization Nahdlatul Ulama and the Indonesian Food and Beverage Association, he added.

Besides the Cikande development, the ministry is also developing two other halal industrial estates—Safe n Lock Halal Industrial Park in Sidoarjo, East Java and Bintan Inti Halal Hub in Bintan district.

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