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SINGAPORE HALAL DIRECTORY 2019/2020
by Government Technology Agency of Singapore (GovTech), a central system can be created instead of each agency having its own online licensing processes or Web forms. Forms can also be pre- lled with information so that users will not have to repeatedly give it to different agencies.
Slated to go live in 2020, it will eventually replace LicenceOne. Muis will embark on this system gradually, beginning with two schemes, namely eating establishment and food preparation.
While Muis is working with Govtech and LicenceOne, concurrently Muis is also working on building an enterprise system to replace its current backend database. The procurement process for the vendor will begin shortly in the later part of Q3 2019. This backend enterprise system will simplify and automate several processes and help integrate the audit reports, payment system and several other functions.
Muis is looking at how it can harness technological advancement to help companies overcome some of the pain points. Top of the list is food traceability. Muis is working with consultants to see how blockchain, a distributed ledger which was originally devised for the digital currency, Bitcoin, can be used to enhance
traceability. Together with mobile apps and QR codes (quick response codes), it may be possible someday soon just to scan a QR code with a mobile phone, and voila, all the product information will be made available, providing unmatched transparency.
Also on the cards is a database of suppliers which have been accredited. This will help cut down time required for product sourcing and veri cation
To improve day-to-day operation for businesses, Muis has introduced:
• Auto renewal for certi cates to
prevent business disruptions caused by an oversight. The duration of the certi cates may also be increased to
three years, instead of one or two
today, and
• Courier delivery of certi cates to save
customers time. As part of the move to go cashless, payments will only be accepted online, through Interbank transfers, GIRO or credit cards.
Raising Industry Profile
A Muslim minority country, Singapore has punched above its size in the international Islamic community. It has retained top spot in Mastercard-Crescent Rating Global Muslim Travel Index’s as a Halal- friendly destination for non-Organization of Islamic Cooperation countries.
In the annual State of Global Islamic Economy Report, Singapore is amongst
GLOBAL ISLAMIC ECONOMY
2017
2023 (projected)
Halal Food
US$1,303B
US$1,863B
Halal Travel
US$177B
US$274B
Modest Fashion
US$270B
US$361B
Halal Media and Recreation
US$209B
US$288B
Halal Pharmaceuticals
US$87B
US$131B
Halal Cosmetics
US$61B
US$90B
Islamic Economy Market Size
US$2,107B
US$3,007B
Source: State of Global Islamic Economy Report
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