Petaling Jaya, Press Release from Norsida Ahmed, HDC, 22 May 2024: Halal Development Corporation Berhad (HDC) recently participated in the Kazan Forum 2024 held in Kazan, Russia. This prestigious forum serves as an international platform to discuss economic development, trade, and cooperation among Islamic countries.

Mr. Khairul Azwan Harun, Chairman of HDC, specially invited by the organizers as an international panelist, participated in various discussion sessions and panels to promote Malaysia’s

Khairul Azwan Harun – Kazan Forum 2024

capabilities in the global halal economy. HDC’s delegation, led by the Chairman, demonstrated Malaysia’s commitment as a leader in the global halal industry, in line with the country’s halal diplomacy strategy.

During a panel session, Khairul Azwan Harun emphasized the importance of utilizing digital platforms to assist companies in joining the halal supply chain and, at the same time, enhancing the value proposition of Halal certification to target consumers.

“The Forum Kazan 2024 is an excellent platform because trade and investment discussions can be conducted directly. Malaysia can leverage this platform to promote its products and services in the halal industry to the global market and attract foreign investment to the country. We at HDC are committed to expanding the reach of Malaysia’s halal industry and further expanding the Halal trade network through Malaysia-led Halal Piplomacy,” he said.

HDC’s participation in the Kazan Forum 2024 also opens opportunities for strategic collaborations with certification bodies from Russia and the Middle East such as Gulftic, International Center of Halal Standardization and Certification of Religious Board of Muslims of Russian Federation, and LLC BelHalal.

Furthermore, HDC is exploring potential cooperation with local Russian companies such as M2 Farm LLC, Miratorg Holding, Sweet Factory “Volshebnitsa”, Uniconf, and Russia’s leading vegetable oil producer, Nefis Group, to create more opportunities for local halal ingredient producers.


More importantly, HDC aims to forge strong partnerships with Azerbaijan and the UAE in digitalization projects, which are expected to boost halal trade to higher levels and strengthen industrial development among participating countries.

HDC believes that these efforts also create significant opportunities for Malaysian halal industry players to penetrate the halal markets in Russia and Central Asian countries.

The Kazan Forum 2024 attracted more than 1,000 participants from over 50 countries, including government representatives, entrepreneurs, and industry experts.

HDC will continue to play an active role in empowering Malaysia’s halal industry, expanding its market, and strengthening its international position. Participation in forums such as the Kazan Forum 2024 is part of HDC’s ongoing efforts to strengthen halal diplomacy and promote Malaysia as a global halal hub.




Halal Development Corporation (HDC) spearheads the development of Malaysia’s integrated and comprehensive halal ecosystem and infrastructure to position Malaysia as the most competitive country leading the global halal industry.
Established on 18 September 2006, HDC as it is also known, is the central coordinator that promotes participation and facilitates growth of industry players in the development of Malaysia’s Halal ecosystem.  An agency under the Ministry of Investment, Trade and Industry; it is the world’s first Government-backed halal industry development corporation. For more information, please visit HDC at –


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