BRUNEI Darussalam has been ranked 12th in the latest Global Islamic Economy Indicator (GIEI), prepared by the answer company of Thomson Reuters.

Brunei made it to the top 15 list for the first time, moving up five spots replacing Egypt. The Sultanate had a big jump in the Halal Travel ranking (10 spots) and strong performance in Halal Food Ecosystem Development.

Its Halal certification-led Halal food product lines have made strong entrance in the UK market and Brunei Halal is getting due recognition as a result. Brunei also continues to benefit from being in the vicinity of Indonesia and Malaysia, two of the largest Halal sensitive Muslim travel markets, the GIEI report said.

Brunei is in top 10 in Halal Pharmaceuticals and Cosmetics and also triumphant in Modest Fashion category where the Sultanate ranked in the 12th place, Halal Travel (22nd) and Islamic Finance (27th).

Malaysia topped the ranking with the score of 121 followed by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain. Saudi Arabia, Oman and Pakistan were respectively positioned at fourth, fifth and sixth followed by Kuwait, Qatar, Jordan, and Indonesia.

Singapore held 11th position as the only country that is not a member of Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, while Brunei, Sudan and Iran were put at 12th, 13th and 14th place.

The indicator is prepared to show the current health and development of the Islamic economy ecosystem. The components of the ecosystem are Halal Food, Islamic Finance, Halal Travel, Modest Fashion, Halal Media and Recreation, and Halal Pharmaceuticals and Cosmetics.

The indicator does not focus on the overall size and growth trajectory of a country across the Islamic economy sectors; instead it evaluated them on relative strengths of the ecosystem they have to support the development of the Islamic economy.

Dubai Islamic Economy Development Centre (DIEDC), in partnership with Thomson Reuters and in collaboration with the Dinar Standard, a growth strategy research and advisory firm based in New York, introduced the Global Islamic Economy Indicator in 2014.

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