By Amoto Dennis.
The first ever Halal exhibition in Kenya came to a close at the Kenya International Convention Centre (KICC) in Nairobi recently with a call on all Muslims in the country to tap into the Halal conscious markets.
Tourism Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala who was the chief guest at the expo which attracted businesses owned by Kenyans of different faith and backgrounds said there’s a growing need for investment in Halal business.
“Halal is bridging the gap for fair trade and it is an emerging market throughout the world,” the CS said.
Halal economy which refers to what is permitted or lawful in Islam and is used
in reference to food and life style products include clothing, pharmaceuticals items as well as cosmetics and personal care is on the rise. Dubbed Halal hub, the expo was the first of its kind on the continent that brought together businesses that provide products and services that promote fair and ethical transactions.
The expo was aimed at showcasing the emerging dynamics of Halal products and services in Kenya and the region. Kenya embraced Islamic Finance in 2008.
“Though the statistics on the size of the Halal economy in the country remains scanty, its huge potential is undisputable,’’ said a statement from the organizers.