Jakarta (ANTARA) - Vice President Ma'ruf Amin has appealed to Islamic economic and financial actors to hone their digital literacy skills to survive amid the changes arising from the COVID-19 pandemic.

"Adaptation is the key to survival for us all," he remarked at the virtual opening of the 2020 Sharia Economic Festival and Indonesia Sharia Economic Festival (ISEF) in Jakarta, Friday.

Amin affirmed that digitalization was conducted in the wake of the changes in the current life order, including shopping for basic necessities online or through social media with the use of the internet.

The vice president, concurrently the daily chairperson of the National Committee for Sharia Economics and Finance (KNEKS), encouraged sharia economic actors to follow fundamental changes pertaining to the development of digital technology since it is unquestionably necessary in this time and age.

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Amin noted that in terms of products, health and hygiene aspects were of absolute importance and offered enormous opportunities for the halal product industry.

The vice president stressed on the need for halal products to be high quality, tasty, healthy, nutritious, and hygienic.

Furthermore, products pertaining to public health and comfort during and after the pandemic also offer new-fangled opportunities.

"Thus, halal products will be the choice of consumers during and after the pandemic," he pointed out.

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Not only for sharia economic players, but this year's ISEF was also held virtually to adjust to the current conditions to thwart the transmission of COVID-19.

"This is the first time that digital communication technology is being used. For me, this is a real form of adaptation," he stated.

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Translator: Dewa Wiguna, Azis Kurmala
Editor: Yuni Arisandy Sinaga
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