The Western Cape’s plan to establish itself as a major exporter of halaal goods gained fresh impetus this month with a trade mission to Senegal. The province is pursuing opportunities in West, East and North Africa, as well as in Asia and Middle Eastern countries, where the majority of the world’s Muslim population reside. The fast-growing global halaal market is worth more than $2.3-trillion. Earlier in June, Wesgro, the Western Cape’s trade and investment promotion agency, undertook a trade mission to Senegal. Five of the 12 companies that joined the mission are halaal companies among others, which are producers in the agribusiness, manufacturing and engineering sectors. Nine companies, signed export and investment deals in the halaal sector amounting to over R100m over five years. The agreements are expected to create 82 jobs.​ Michael Gamwo, Wesgro’s head of Africa unit, told Business Day this week that the agency was aiming to establish the Western Cape as a major exporter of h...

BL Premium

This article is reserved for our subscribers.

A subscription helps you enjoy the best of our business content every day along with benefits such as articles from our international business news partners; ProfileData financial data; and digital access to the Sunday Times and Sunday Times Daily.

Already subscribed? Simply sign in below.

Questions or problems? Email or call 0860 52 52 00. Got a subscription voucher? Redeem it now