The newly established Pakistan Halal Authority (PHA), a central body mandated to oversee the halal sector, has opened up a wide range of opportunities for the country, allowing it to make the most of its advantages when it comes to halal trade and production.

Mohammed Saleh Badri, Secretary General of International Halal Accreditation Forum (IHAF), said: “Pakistan is relentlessly working to build and develop its halal network. With the efforts that its government, the private sector and stakeholders have put into crafting the national strategy, it’s only a matter of time before the country sees a spike in halal exports and local production.”

Pakistan’s determination in fortifying its halal structure can be traced back to how it has always put premium on accreditation and certification. Years before the establishment of PHA, in 1998, the country’s Ministry of Science and Technology has already established the Pakistan National Accreditation Council (PNAC) as a national apex agency to accredit conformity assessment bodies.