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Grab the land

| 18/08/2009 | Reply
Grab the land

In recent years, in a bid to reduce food imports, several Gulf
countries have been investing heavily in farmland in developing
countries such as Pakistan, the Philippines and Ethiopia.  Last year,
Gulf States imported 80 percent of their food at a cost of $20 billion.

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Thailand seeks strong trade ties with region

| 18/08/2009 | Reply
Thailand seeks strong trade ties with region

DOHA:
Developing stronger economic relations with Qatar and other Gulf
countries is one of the top items on the agenda of Thai Prime Minister
Abhisit Vejjajiva and his new administration.
“We
believe we have a lot to offer to the Middle Eastern countries,”
Vejjajiva said during a formal interaction at the Thai parliament
building with visiting journalists from the Gulf region who were on a
media familiarisation trip around Thailand.

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Not all halal products may meet standards: Expert

| 18/08/2009 | Reply
Not all halal products may meet standards: Expert

DOHA:
Not all halal-certified food products sold in supermarkets in Qatar and
other Gulf countries comply with halal standards, according to a Thai
professor at a well-known university in Bangkok.
Dr
Winai Dahlan, Associate Professor and Director of the Halal Science
Center (HSC) of Chulalongkorn University, said many studies had shown
that food products exported to the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC)
countries with halal certification may not have been processed
scientifically according to the required standards.

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Al Farooj invests Dhs30 million into aggressive GCC wide expansion plan

| 16/08/2009 | Reply
Al Farooj invests Dhs30 million into aggressive GCC wide expansion plan

DUBAI: With the capital injection of Dhs 30 million for its
development, Al Farooj has unveiled its GCC-wide developmental plan.
This was announced on the occasion of openining ceremony of two new
outlets in Sharjah on Thursday.
“Al Farooj expansion is part of Al Islami’s
greater “BIG 5″ development plan consolidate its hospitality segment
…” – Saleh Lootah


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Mindanao exporters urged to boost halal food production

| 15/08/2009 | Reply
Mindanao exporters urged to boost halal food production

In a forum dubbed as “Mindanao Looks Beyond the Global Crisis” at
the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas in Davao City Friday, Brunei
Agriculture Department of the Industry and Primary Resources Ministry
acting director Hjh Normah Suria Hayati informed participants that
halal food has potential markets abroad, yet supply has been falling
short.

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Sabah Mulls Over Halal Park For BIMB-EAGA In Sepanggar

| 15/08/2009 | Reply
Sabah Mulls Over Halal Park For BIMB-EAGA In Sepanggar

The Sabah government
is mulling over the setting up of a Halal Park in Sepanggar, near here,
to cater for the entire range of activities required for the production
of halal products within the Brunei-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines East
Asean Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA).

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TM Info To Offer Two New Online Directories

| 14/08/2009 | Reply
TM Info To Offer Two New Online Directories

Domestic Trade, Cooperative and Consumerism Minister Datuk Seri
Sabri Yaakob, witnessed the partnership signing ceremony today, which
would pave the way for the three companies to jointly produce the
on-line version of Halal Pages (e-Halal), Malaysia Tourist Pages
(e-Holiday) and food and beverages outlets directory (e-Dining). Under the e-Halal directory, only halal-certified companies would
be allowed to place advertisements for their halal products, including
service providers like financial institutions and takaful companies.

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Cool Logistics 09 – Hamburg, Germany

| 14/08/2009 | Reply
Cool Logistics 09 – Hamburg, Germany

Germany: Cool Logistics conference to discuss fast-emerging opportunities in global halal logistics. As one of the latest trends in extending
halal upstream and downstream the value chain, halal logistics offers
enormous opportunities both for producers and for the transport,
storage and distribution industries, says Marco Tieman, Managing Director
of LBB International and Chair of the International Halal Integrity
(IHI) Alliance Technical Committee on Halal Logistics.

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HDC In Talks With Commercial Banks

| 12/08/2009 | Reply
HDC In Talks With Commercial Banks

KUALA LUMPUR – The Halal Industry Development Corporation (HDC) is in
talks with banks to provide assistance to halal industry small medium
enteprises (SMEs). Chief executive officer, Datuk Seri Jamil Bidin said, “After the government announced the credit guarantee scheme, the
process of seeking aid from financial institutions has been made much
easier,” he told reporters after launching the Halal Anchor Company
(HAC) Programme on Tuesday.

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Brunei eyeing halal products from Mindanao

| 11/08/2009 | Reply
Brunei eyeing halal products from Mindanao

THE potential of Mindanao as source of Halal products for the Halal
Brand Project of Brunei Darussalam can virtually change the landscape
of the island-region. Mindanao Trade Expo (MTE) 2009 chair and president of the Philippine
Exporters’ Confederation (PhilExport)-Southern Mindanao Ann T.
Pamintuan said although the Halal Brand of Brunei Darussalam is already
in place, it does not have products that can be marketed worldwide.

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European Halal Development Agency

| 11/08/2009 | Reply
European Halal Development Agency

Mohammad
Nazir, chairman of the West Midlands Minority Ethnic Business Forum in the UK, has been appointed as chair of the European Halal Development Agency
that aims to agree a Halal standard across the 27 countries of the European
Union.
“There
is a huge opportunity because Europe has a large Muslim population and
there is a very big market for halal compliant produce, especially meat
products,” said Mohammad Nazir.

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Taiwan-Malaysia Bilateral Trade To Be At US$10 Bln This Year

| 11/08/2009 | Reply
Taiwan-Malaysia Bilateral Trade To Be At US$10 Bln This Year

Food and Hotel
Malaysia 2009 (FHM09)exhibition, is being held  Aug 11-14 at the Kuala Lumpur
Convention Centre. Taiwan is one country that is there because Malaysia’s commitment towards halal development also
provides potential opportunities for Taiwanese companies to penetrate
the huge market of a 1.5 billion Muslim population.

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HDC, SMIDEC In Strategic Collaboration With Nestle

| 11/08/2009 | Reply
HDC, SMIDEC In Strategic Collaboration With Nestle

KUALA LUMPUR, — Halal Industry
Development Corporation (HDC) and the Small and Medium Industries
Development Corporation (SMIDEC) have entered into a strategic
collaboration with Nestle (Malaysia) Bhd to enhance the capacity and
capability of small and medium entrepreneurs (SMEs).

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$100m halal beef trade ban delayed

| 10/08/2009 | Reply
$100m halal beef trade ban delayed

A potential ban on New Zealand $100 million in beef exports to Indonesia from October 1 has been postponed until next year. Indonesia has been threatening to ban New Zealand beef
exports as an Islamic clerical body, the Ulema Council (MUI), no longer
recognises the local certifications the meat conforms to Islamic
dietary laws.

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3rd IMT-GT SYMPOSIUM ON HALAL SCIENCE AND MANAGEMENT 2009

| 10/08/2009 | Reply
3rd IMT-GT SYMPOSIUM ON HALAL SCIENCE AND MANAGEMENT 2009

Call for papers for the 3rd IMT-GT SYMPOSIUM ON HALAL SCIENCE AND MANAGEMENT 2009 to
be held in Malaysia, from 21-22 December 2009.
The Symposium will provide one conference room
for researchers, academicians and Halal expertise
to share ideas, opinions and views revolving
ongoing issues with Halal products.

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The halal creams that let Muslim faces glow

| 10/08/2009 | Reply
The halal creams that let Muslim faces glow

DUBAI
// As a freelance make-up artist, Layla Mandi was shocked to discover
three years ago that many cosmetics contain animal residues, including
pig products. Since then, she has spent her time developing her own
halal skin care range. Now a self-employed businesswoman, Miss
Mandi, 32, hopes to fill what she sees as a gap in the cosmetics
industry for Muslim women in the region.

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Brunei Food Festival Way To Promote Growth Of SMEs

| 09/08/2009 | Reply
Brunei Food Festival Way To Promote Growth Of SMEs

The launching of the Brunei Food Festival
yesterday is expected to create a platform for SMEs (Small and Medium
Enterprises) to grow and to increase employment within the Sultanate,
according to Brunei Tourism CEO and HEM Event Management’s Marketing
Executive.

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Muslims Urged To Continue With Business Jihad

| 08/08/2009 | Reply
Muslims Urged To Continue With Business Jihad

KUALA LUMPUR, (Bernama) — The Muslim community in the country has been urged to
continue with its business jihad through the corporate Waqaf concept in
order to continue to compete at the international level.

President of the Malaysia Islamic Business Council (DPIM), Tengku
Tan Sri Ahmad Rithauddeen, said the business jihad was aimed at uniting
all Muslims on a single trading platform and creating a culture of
competing at the global level. The halal industry offers a major potential, he said.

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‘Self-Certification Will Allow For Better Market Access’

| 08/08/2009 | Reply
‘Self-Certification Will Allow For Better Market Access’

Bandar Seri Begawan – self-certification is a system that will not
only help facilitate and ease cross border businesses, but also allow
for better market access, increased elements of quality control as well
as lower costs and less complications.

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Sarawak To Enhance Local Expertise In Tourism, Halal Hub

| 07/08/2009 | Reply
Sarawak To Enhance Local Expertise In Tourism, Halal Hub

Sarawak will enhance the expertise of its human resources
in the tourism sector and halal hub to further stimulate the state’s
economy.

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