The 5 October was the first day of the international MIHAS exhibition, in which the organizers of the Moscow Halal Expo are taking part as exhibitors. Kirill Skogorev, director of the Moscow exhibition, summarized the results of the first day:
“We managed to talk to some companies interested in the Russian market — producers of exclusive beverages, cakes and biscuits. We also spoke with one investment group about their access to our market. There was also a meeting with the MATRADE representatives. In terms of meetings our week is completely booked up, so it is going to be a very productive trip”.
When speaking about the exhibition itself, Kirill Skogorev mentioned there were many unique products. The most interesting novelties can be seen on the Moscow Halal Expo account — the team is sharing information online. There were also representatives of other halal exhibitions, such as Halal Expo Australia, Halal Expo Korea and others. The great number of exhibitors and visitors is accounted for by the MIHAS regionality. The exhibition provides an opportunity to establish contacts and enter into cooperation with the countries such as Singapore, China, Malaysia and Indonesia. It must be said that there is a significant interest in the Russian halal market. Kirill Skogorev said that they were planning to sign memorandums with international institutions from different countries during the exhibition.
Besides, the question of halal products' certification was discussed during the first day of the exhibition. Zahid Hamidi, deputy prime minister, minister of the Interior of Malaysia, noted that the main task was to establish a single unified standard. There are over 200 certification bodies that issue their own conformity certificates. Meanwhile, efforts should be made in order to develop a common standard.