Success of the halal industry in Indonesia will depend on the ability to develop products that are useful and of high commercial value, Amin stated at the opening of a webinar on International Halal Conference organized by the Gadjah Mada University, Yogyakarta, on Saturday.
"Without strong research, it will be difficult for us to compete and dominate the global halal market," Amin remarked in his keynote speech from Jakarta.
The vice president believes one strategic move to spur development of the halal industry in the country is scientific research on halal raw material to help Indonesia lower the imports of non-halal material for the domestic industry.
"One of the strategies is strengthening research on halal material for the industry and substituting imported non-halal material with domestic halal products," he explained.
Amin believes that scientific research should prioritize the substitution of non-halal material for the cosmetics, medicine, food supplement, and food and beverage industries.
"The research should not only focus on the detection of non-halal material for the certification process, but it should also seek substitution for non-halal raw materials," he remarked, adding that researchers can explore Indonesia’s natural wealth for the study.
The vice president has also called on Indonesian researchers to work closely with the international halal research network to produce innovation in the halal industry.
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