The 5th World Halal Summit and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation’s (OIC) 7th Halal Expo will kick off in Istanbul on Thursday.

Leading companies, top officials, decision-makers, experts, academics, scientists, and students from 80 countries — including the Middle East, Asia, Europe, Far East, America — will attend the summit.

“The summit aims to raise awareness about halal by hosting conferences where halal-related topics in finance, tourism, food, medicine, pharmacy, cosmetics, textile, modest fashion and other sectors are discussed at,” according to its website.

The four-day annual summit is organized in cooperation with the Islamic Centre for Development of

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