HBT is a capacity building programme introduced by the Halal Industry Development Corporation (HDC) to support and facilitate the development of competitive Halal industry players in Malaysia. During the first phase of the implementation from 2011 to 2015; a total of 2480 companies was assisted in areas related to certifications, product development, market access, financial assistance and branding.
The primary goal of HBT programme is to support the internationalization of home-grown companies in the Halal industry. In other word, we seek to promote and assist more Malaysian companies to become global value chain players in Halal industry and hence; create sustainable business growth (and employment opportunity).
Halal Business Transformation (HBT) under Peningkatan Keupayaan Inovatif dan Komersil Syarikat Halal was selected by Ministry of International Trade & Industry as MITI’s Best Programme for the year 2013. It was acknowledged and classified as a programme that ‘significantly achieved target’ at the national level in August 2013; in which HBT was evaluated by the Implementation and Coordination Unit (ICU) of the Prime Minister’s department. Kajian Penilaian Outcome (KPO) or Outcome Evaluation Study Programme was introduced and managed by ICU to measure the effectiveness and the impact of programmes / projects implemented by various Government agencies under the 10th Malaysia Plan.
HBT outlined three (3) implementation strategies for the companies to achieve the internationalization objective.
- Strengthening industry players’ compliance to Halal standard & certification (domestic or international); and other relevant requirements (e.g. GMP, HACCP etc.)
- Facilitating industry players’ market reach or expansion; including support to enhance capability to fund, produce, market and delivery high quality Halal products or services.
- Fostering partnerships between SMEs with LLCs or MNCs (i.e. big companies) to enhance SMEs participation in the global value chain (e.g. supplier of Halal ingredients etc.)