Iskandar Halal Park, Malaysia’s first premium integrated Halal Park, announces the appointment of Ahmad Lokman Ibrahim as its new Chief Executive Officer. He will spearhead the strategy and operations of the 350-acre international Halal Park that is set to complete by 2018, gearing towards a sustainable Global Halal Integrated Industrial Park.
With more than 20 years of experiences in Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG), service industries and government linked companies, his strengths will have an advantage towards ensuring that Iskandar Halal Park will continue to attract local and international companies from sustainable industries such as ingredients, food processing, pharmaceutical, cosmetics and personal care, nutraceutical probiotic and logistics services.
“The halal industry is increasingly becoming more important in contributing to the nation’s growth and across the globe, the Muslim population will increase to about 27% of the world’s total population by the year 2030. With this in mind, it is becoming more important to have stringent policies and frameworks to develop the industry to meet the rising demands for halal food, drinks, beauty and fashion products among others.
That said, we are confident that Iskandar Halal Park, which has been recently awarded the HALMAS accreditation, will play an essential role in driving the growth and further cementing Malaysia’s position as the leader in the industry,” said Ahmad, who was the Vice President of Halal Development Corporation (HDC) prior to his new role in Iskandar Halal Park.
Lokman also shares that they will be deploying various strategies to drive investors and promote Iskandar Halal Park that provides a holistic halal eco-system industrial hub. This will include collaborations with investment promotion agencies at both state and national levels to target potential countries, halal sectors and companies who are keen to tap into the multi-trillion dollar halal industry.
Iskandar Halal Park, previously known as Johor Halal Park, is a joint venture collaboration between United Malayan Land Bhd (UMLand) and Johor State via PIJ Holdings Sdn Bhd (PIJH) to create 350 acres of international Halal Park which will be one of the catalyst projects in Eastern Iskandar Malaysia. Phase 1 of Iskandar Halal Park is set to complete by mid-2018 with 89 units of ready-built factories as well as 36 units of shop offices.