Home to beach resorts, electronics and garment factories, Batam and Bintan are poised to become a hub producing halal food and products, as Indonesia moves to tap a multi-trillion-dollar global market.
The islands are among four pilot locations identified by the Indonesian government to develop a "halal park", a designated industrial zone to process food, beverages, cosmetics and pharmaceuticals that comply with Islamic standards so Muslims can consume them. Halal is Arabic for "permissible".
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