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...

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