The president, Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI), Dr. Al-Mujtaba Abubakar said Nigeria may soon attract over $150 billion investment from the Halal trade up from the current $50 billion the country is doing.
Abubakar made this known at a virtual press conference to announce the International Halal Expo scheduled to hold September 14-16, 2021 at the Abuja Trade and Convention Centre, Abuja.
He said investments would target Nigeria’s cosmetic, pharmaceutical and tourism sectors, adding that the expo would also serve as a launch pad to attract new businesses for Nigeria and Africa at large.
He added: “We have been working on the expo for the past four months as plans are ongoing as we are giving it all it takes for the expo to succeed.” The Halal business also covers all assets of commerce, banking, production where Nigerian companies can take advantage of to forge new businesses.
The event which is jointly organised by the Abuja Trade Centre (ATC) has so far attracted interest from different countries in Africa and the middle East. “We are already in touch with so many organisations in Taiwan, Malaysia, Jordan Morrocco and Algeria. Going forward, we are going to be having this expo on a yearly basis and would be championed as part of our activities,” he said.
Also speaking, the executive director, Abuja Trade Centre (ATC), Jude Chime, said the $50 billion trade by Nigerian companies are majorly in the beverage and food industry, calling on Nigerian businesses to leverage on the opportunities the platform provides.
“We will be signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to expand the frontiers of trade in the Halal industry. We are targeting the tourism, pharmaceutical and cosmetics industry. Nigeria is going to benefit a lot from this expo investment wise,” he added
He pointed out that a whole lot of foreign companies in the Middle East are seeking ways to enter the Nigerian market not just to bring in their products, but also expanding their manufacturing activities in the country, adding that the expo would also give Nigerian exporters the opportunity to break into the Middle East markets through the Halal certification.
Reacting to the rejection of Nigerian goods at the international market, he said the MoU would go a long way in increasing the level of acceptability of Nigerian products.
“Most importantly, the products must have the Halal certification. It is a very wonderful platform to help promote export especially for our exporters and manufacturers,” he said
The current chairman, Halal Certification Authority, Dr. Ibrahim Oreagba, said Halal fair is about promoting products that are permissible and wholesome for food safety and quality.
“We are excited about this fair because it will be promoting Halal certified products and it is important, we understand the concept of Halal which means permissible. It simply means you are participating in Allah’s activities of eating what is clean to promote good health.