Depok, West Java (ANTARA) - Halal industry acceleration and halal tourism development will be the main pillars of post-pandemic national economic growth, secretary general of the Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI), Amirsyah Tambunan, has said.

"Acceleration of the halal industry and the development of halal tourism will be the main pillars of national economic growth after the COVID-19 epidemic," he stated at the "Sharing Happiness Towards Talent Development & Digital Transformation for the Sharia Economy" seminar here on Thursday.

According to him, MUI has a fairly important and strategic role, namely conducting audits of halal products through the Halal Inspection Agency (LPH) and issuing halal fatwas in accordance with Law Number 33 of 2014 concerning Halal Product Guarantee (JPH).

The Halal Product Guarantee Agency (BPJPH) issues halal certification, which is being accelerated to support the development of the halal economy ecosystem in Indonesia.

"Indonesia has a dream of becoming the center of the world's halal economy in 2024," he noted.

Tambunan said that five measures are needed to help the country realize that dream. First, pushing the availability of halal infrastructure in Indonesia in accordance with sharia principles, he informed.

Second, encouraging the issuance of regulations that favor the halal industry and tourism. Third, promoting the halal culinary heritage of the Indonesian nation in order to advance micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs).

Fourth, encouraging the creation of safe, comfortable, clean conditions to advance Indonesia's halal industry.

Fifth, encouraging halal industry business players to increase productivity, including through halal export-import activities with countries that have halal standards.

At the seminar, director of government affairs at Huawei Indonesia, Yenty Joman, said that as a country with the largest Muslim population in the world, Indonesia has abundant resources to build an inclusive, effective, and resilient sharia economy to deal with various crises.

"We fully support the digital ecosystem in Indonesia, especially in the context of post-pandemic economic recovery," she added.

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