World Halal Business Conference Circuit 2023 Expands Reach to the UK

The World Halal Business Conference Circuit (WHBC Circuit) 2023, a prestigious industry event organised by Halal Development Corporation Berhad (HDC), is set to expand its global reach following its remarkable success in Australia last year.


WHBC is coming to London from the 27th to the 28th of October 2023 at the Royal Lancaster London.


Organised by HDC and hosted by the Ministry of Investment, Trade, and Industry (MITI), WHBC Circuit 2023 London aims to make a significant contribution to the development of the halal industries in both Malaysia and the United Kingdom, as well as across the European Union.



Under the theme “Halal Opportunities in a Borderless World,” WHBC Circuit 2023, now in its 15th edition, will leverage the presence of key government officials from Malaysia and the United Kingdom, industry leaders, businesses, trade councils, and civil society representatives from around the globe to engage in discussions, endorsements and networking opportunities during this two-day conference.


This year’s WHBC Circuit in London names Malaysia’s Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi as the keynote speaker, a significant honour for this influential event.


Keynote Speaker: Ahmad Zahid Hamidi Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia


Khairul Azwan Harun, the Chairman of HDC, emphasised the conference’s core focus, stating, “WHBC Circuit in London will center on three key pillars: investment promotion, trade negotiations, and nurturing halal skilled talents.


“We will address pressing industry challenges with a view to fostering wealth creation and promoting halal business opportunities among industry players.


Following the event, we will maintain engagement with the industry through a series of initiatives involving major halal industry stakeholders to sustain momentum in the lucrative Halal industry.”


The United Kingdom and Malaysia share a robust trading and investment relationship built on mutual recognition of its value for sustainable economic growth.


The conference will explore opportunities for collaboration across various sectors, including food & beverages, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, supply-chain, financial services, Environmental Social & Governance (ESG) and technology sectors.


Delegates at the two-day conference will gain valuable insights from the Thought Leaders session, featuring 40 panel speakers and moderators, driving forward an agenda that includes topics such as Resilient and Stronger Economic Integration, Building a Sustainable Future: ESG trend to shaping Business Landscape, Enabling Business Agility on the Integrated Ecosystem, Enhancing sustainability, resilience and conclusiveness of food industry, Emerging Trends catering to the demands of the Muslim Travellers, and Global trade on Halal products.


On the second day, presentations will cover topics like Investment in the Halal meat industry: continuous improvement on animal welfare, harnessing Islamic Finance to accelerate the achievements of Sustainable Development Goals, and  Intensifying Digital Interaction in the e-commerce ecosystem.


WHBC Circuit 2023 also seeks to extend Malaysia’s Halal Diplomacy to the world and further reaffirms Malaysia’s commitment to fortify the global halal ecosystem.


HDC’s Halal Training Institute (HTI) will conduct several training sessions to raise awareness of Halal practices, provide updates on the Halal certification process, and encourage discussions among delegates. Additionally, the Halal Industry Field Trip Program will facilitate knowledge exchange between successful Malaysian entrepreneurs and their UK counterparts.


Azwan also announced the participation of key strategic partners including Want Want Group, ACO Water Management Sdn Bhd, KLK Berhad, Allanason Ptv Ltd, PIJ Holdings Sdn Bhd, London Tea Exchange, UK, Fraser & Neave Holdings Berhad, Ketengah Holding Sdn Bhd,  Digital Panacea, Malaysia, TheNoor, CPL Aromas (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd, Sunrich Starhill Sdn Bhd, Malaysian Palm Oil Certification Council, Ramly Food Processing Sdn Bhd, Malaysia Aviation Group Berhad,  Halal Food Authority, UK, British Malaysian Chamber of Commerce and Islam Channel UK.  Supporting agencies for this conference include MATRADE, JAKIM, MIDA, MARA, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.


Azwan invited key decision-makers, diplomatic envoys, industry leaders, and government officials to attend this important conference. Currently, the top participating countries for delegates are the UK, Europe, Malaysia, Singapore, Turkiye, and OIC countries, with efforts to attract more delegates from Africa and West Asia.


Admission for all sessions is £300 for UK delegates.


For more information about WHBC Circuit 2023 and to register, please visit


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