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Halal sector: Despite macroeconomic difficulties, Bosnia’s halal meat market is rapidly growing in tandem with its domestic Muslim population. There are 1.7 million Muslims in Bosnia who make up over 50 percent of the population, according to the most recent census poll carried out in 2013, up from 45 percent of the population in 2010.

The halal food industry has seen tremendous growth in the Balkan state since certification began in 2006 by the Agency for Halal Quality Certification (AHQC). There are now over 78 halal-certified manufacturing companies, including over 50 based in the country across the food and personal care products.

The AHQC certifies to Bosnia’s Halal Certification standard, developed in 2007 in accordance with the International Standards Organization.

The industry’s development was further boosted by the Association of Halal Industry, founded in 2015, and supported by the country’s prominent role in halal food trade events, most notably in organizing the annual Sarajevo Halal Fair & Forum.

Muslim-friendly travel: Tourism is also boosting demand for halal food, with over 70,000 tourists from the GCC annually as well as over 40,000 tourists from Turkey, boosting the local economy and driving investment. In what could be the biggest foreign investment of its kind in the Balkan country, Dubai-based property developer Buroj announced in October last year plans to invest up to $4.8 billion to build a luxury tourist resort in Sarajevo.

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Halal certification in Bosnia started in 2006 by the Agency for Halal Quality Certification (AHQC), which certifies to Bosnia's Halal Certification standard, developed in 2007 in accordance with the International Standards Organization. 

The industry’s development was further boosted by the Association of Halal Industry, founded in 2015, and supported by the country’s prominent role in halal food trade events, most notably in organizing the annual Sarajevo Halal Fair & Forum.

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