The Ministry of Rural and Regional Development pioneers the development and well being of rural residents comprehensively and effectively. KKLW is working towards empowering the community in rural areas through the implementation of integrated development programs to create a knowledgeable and skilled society.
KKLW aims to eradicate poverty in rural areas by increasing wealth creation amongst rural residents through their involvement in entrepreneurial activities. A caring Ministry, KKLW is concerned with rural residents’ welfare and encourages socio-economic growth, efficiency and equity. KKLW promotes the rights of micro, small and medium-sized enterprises to participate in the marketplace by providing fair and competitive market opportunities for local entrepreneurs, particularly entrepreneurs from rural areas.
Thus, KKLW is proud to host HALFEST 2016, as a strategic platform for micro, small and medium-sized enterprises to tap into the opportunities in the Halal industry, develop rural entrepreneurs into competent and innovative traders and promote quality Halal products and services to consumers.
Majlis Amanah Rakyat (MARA), a regulating agency under the Ministry of Rural and Regional Development, was established as a statutory body on 1 March 1966 to promote, stimulate, coordinate and implement policies of economic and social development in Malaysia, especially in rural areas. Participation in HALFEST allows MARA to emphasize its role in developing competent, professional and competitive entrepreneurs, thus helping them to thrive in the business world.
The Malaysian Government established the Department of Islamic Development Malaysia (JAKIM) on 1 January 1997 to co-ordinate and spearhead the overall development of all Islamic related matters at the national level. HALFEST is the ideal platform for JAKIM to affirm its role as the leading halal certification agency in Malaysia; and realise its commitment to develop Islamic thinking and stress the role of the mosque as an honourable institution for the propagation of Islamic knowledge and the development of the Ummah.
The Malay Chamber of Commerce Malaysia or better known as Dewan Perniagaan Melayu Malaysia (DPMM) was established in April 1957 to form and create a business association at the national and state level for the interest and benefit of the Malay business community and professionals. The role of DPMM is to unite and solidify the Malay business community and professionals in the interest of the Malay economy. DPMM encourages the active participation of Malay entrepreneurs and professionals in the economy by supporting their development through the establishment of programs and resources to help increase the productivity and quality of Malay businesses.
HALFEST presents an ideal platform for DPMM to promote the development of a dynamic, reputable and responsible breed of Bumiputra entrepreneurs of international standards. Through HALFEST, DPMM is able to support the growth of Bumiputra entrepreneurs and the development of the halal industry as an industry of importance for Muslims and the Malay economy.
The Muslim Consumers Association of Malaysia was established in June 1997 by a group of Muslim professionals and individuals concerned about the challenges faced by Muslim consumers. The Association strives to protect the interest of Muslim consumers globally. HALFEST provides the association a proactive and strategic platform to disseminate information and educate Muslim consumers to ensure their integrity and interest are preserved.
Established on 18 September 2006, Halal Industry Development Corporation coordinates the overall development of the Halal industry in Malaysia. Focusing on development of Halal standards, audit and certification, plus capacity building for Halal products and services, HDC promotes participation and facilitates growth of Malaysian companies in the global Halal market.
Intent on building a global Halal community, HDC brings the Malaysian Halal industry in unison toward a common goal. By nurturing growth and participation of local businesses into the global Halal market, HDC sets the bar for Halal best practices in Malaysia to enrich the development of Halal standards globally.
In 2004, Shapers Malaysia Sdn Bhd (SHAPERS) founded the Malaysia International Halal Showcase (MIHAS).Within three (3) years, SHAPERS had successfully developed MIHAS into the world’s largest halal trade fair and Malaysia’s largest food and beverage exposition. In 2008, the ownership of this iconic halal event was transferred to the Malaysian Government under the auspices of the Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation (MATRADE). SHAPERS created Halal Fiesta Malaysia (HALFEST) in 2010 to meet the needs of the local halal market. HALFEST provides a dynamic platform to nurture small and medium sized halal entrepreneurs, to prepare them for the next phase of growth and to tap into the global halal market through MIHAS.