Jakarta (ANTARA News) - African countries have been viewed as potential markets for Indonesia`s halal products, the National Development Planning Minister/Head of the National Development Planning Agency Bambang Brodjonegoro stated here on Wednesday.

Bambang noted that Africa would become a future market for Indonesian halal products, with its total population reaching one billion, of which 40 percent are Muslims.

The region has recorded a high population growth.

Among the halal products that have the potential for export to African countries are food and beverage, pharmaceutical, and cosmetic products.

In addition to African countries, the government has viewed Central Asia as a potential market for Indonesian halal products.

Bambang remarked that Indonesia`s halal industry should be export-oriented to penetrate potential markets.

"If we do not have export-oriented products, then we cannot compete with other countries that also export their products to Africa. We should know where to export and what," he emphasized.

The minister expressed hope that all stakeholders in the financial and real sectors would focus on efforts to create a market for halal products.

Reported by Calvin Basuki

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