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Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences 121 (2014) 1 - 2

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This proceeding is a collection of selected papers presented at the inaugural International Halal Conference co-organised by Academy of Contemporary Islamic Studies (ACIS), previously known as the Centre for Islamic Thought and Understanding (CITU), Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) and Department of Islamic Development Malaysia (JAKIM) & Halal Industry Development Corporation (HDC) held on 4-5 September 2012. It covers various area of halal matters including food, pharmaceutical, banking, finance etc. etc.

The theme for the conference 'Enhancing Halal Integrity in the Global Halal Industry' marks an important point that Halal is a way of life and its application must be broadened. Halal is a concept that should not be confined to just food and beverages only; it should be expanded in other sectors which include pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, chemicals, consumer daily products, transportation, warehousing, retailing, fashion and others. Apart from increasing diversity, the Halal industry must also strive to enhance the value added aspects of such products and services, for the benefit of consumers in general.

Globally, Halal trade exceeding USD 2.1 trillion. This achievement indicates that Halal business, both locally and globally, offers a direct economic benefits and a host of business opportunities. The Malaysian government in particular, has acknowledged that Halal is one of the new sources of growth for the country's economy. It also aspires to be the global Halal hub for Halal products and services, research and development, and prime mover in the development of Halal standards and certification.

Apparently, the Malaysian government has taken various measures to create conducive environment for Halal businesses to thrive and grow. Nevertheless, the growth of the industry is very much dependent on the commitment and actions of various stakeholders. Indeed, it is the collective responsibility of the government, regulators, agencies, academia, researchers, industry players and the public at large to ensure that Halal integrity is maintained throughout the supply chain from 'farm to fork' and remains in line with the changes in the global industry.

We thank all the paper contributors for their patient, up to this time, to witness the publication of the proceeding a reality despite a long delay due to unforeseen circumstances. Nevertheless, we bear all the shortcomings.

Thank you.

Guest Editors:

Mohamed Azam Mohamed Adil Raja Suzana Raja Kasim Fadhilah Abdul Rahman Siti Khadijah Abdul Manan

5 September 2012

1877-0428 © 2013 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Ltd.

Selection and peer-review under responsibility of Centre for Islamic Thought and Understanding (CITU), Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia. doi: 10.1016/j.sbspro.2014.01.1103

Foreword / Procedía - Social and Behavioral Sciences 121 (2014) 1 - 2

Acknowledgement

INHAC 2012 was co-organized by the Academy of Contemporary Islamic Studies (ACIS), previously known as the Centre for Islamic Thought and Understanding (CITU), Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) and Department of Islamic Development Malaysia (JAKIM) & Halal Industry Development Corporation (HDC) at the Putra World Trading Center, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The conference was financially supported by the Universiti Teknologi MARA Shah Alam. We thank you to the full paper contributors and the International Committee for reviewing the papers.

External Guest Editors

Professor Dr. Raja Suzana Raja Kasim Director

Research & Innovation Management Center

Universiti Malaysia Kelantan

Malaysia