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China makes dent in halal market

| 21/09/2011 | Reply
China makes dent in halal market

With 22 million Muslims, China has just one-eight of India’s Muslim population. But China has managed to play an effective role in the $500 billion export market for halal food by capitalizing on its influence as the world’s biggest buyer of petroleum products.

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Pakistan: Belgium can provide technical, financial support

| 21/09/2011 | Reply
Pakistan: Belgium can provide technical, financial support

Tariq Iqbal Puri, Chief Executive Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP) while meeting with Michel Kempeneers, Director, Asia-Pacific Wallonia Foreign Trade and Investment Agency (AWEX), Belgium asked him for Belgium’s technical and financial support in the areas of meat, pharmaceuticals, corporate agriculture and halal food meat certification and logistic etc.

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China plans free zone for Arabs

| 21/09/2011 | Reply
China plans free zone for Arabs

The China-Arab States Economic and Trade Forum will also look at issues relating to expanding China’s Halal food industry, trading in the yuan and joint financing of major construction projects in the Middle East region including in Egypt, Tunisia and Libya.

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Indonesia: House invites businesses to voice opinions on Halal bill

| 20/09/2011 | Reply
Indonesia: House invites businesses to voice opinions on Halal bill

With a bill on Halal product certification currently being deliberated, the House of Representatives says it is ready to take on opinions and complaints from food businesses and producers.

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UAE: Inzi and Anwar’s new cut

| 20/09/2011 | Reply
UAE: Inzi and Anwar’s new cut

Pakistan’s batting legends Inzamam-ul-Haq and Saeed Anwar, who once used to butcher bowlers, are now bringing their meat brand “Meat One” to Dubai. Their main aim is to bring this trusted brand to the UAE to ensure supply of best quality fresh ‘halal meat’ to people there. They will be opening two branches in Dubai.

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UAE-China trade grows 9% to $12.5b in 2010

| 19/09/2011 | Reply
UAE-China trade grows 9% to $12.5b in 2010

A UAE delegation will attend the China (Ningxia) International Trade and Investment Fair (CITIF) and the China-Arab States Economic and Trade Forum running from September 21 to 25, 2011, at the capital of the Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region. UAE and China are exploring avenues to enhance the bilateral trade.

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Indonesia: Import Regulation Reduces Chinese Imports

| 19/09/2011 | Reply
Indonesia: Import Regulation Reduces Chinese Imports

According to the Indonesian Food and Beverage Association (Gapmmi), a government regulation contributed to the decline of food and beverage imports from China and Hong Kong between January and August.

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USA: Halal standards in Muslim community up for interpretation

| 19/09/2011 | Reply
USA: Halal standards in Muslim community up for interpretation

Within the U.S. Muslim community, suspicion has grown in recent years about meat sold under the halal label as the number of suppliers expands and standards of animal slaughter get new, modern interpretation by a growing network of certifying agencies.

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Malaysia: Kontena Nasional Sees Marked Growth In Halal Logistics

| 19/09/2011 | Reply
Malaysia: Kontena Nasional Sees Marked Growth In Halal Logistics

Kontena Nasional is moving towards leading the market. In 2012 and 2013, they are going to sustain their market approach to be the leader in the halal logistics market.

“We’ve increased our halal warehouse, (we) started at two and up to June, we already have 14 halal warehouses, the growth is significant,

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Denmark: Muslims want independent body to supervise halal slaughter

| 19/09/2011 | Reply
Denmark: Muslims want independent body to supervise halal slaughter

The Danish Islamic Faith Society and 35 other Muslim associations joined together to stop what they say is non-halal meat (stun bolt) sold as halal.

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Makkah for the rich: Islam’s holiest site ‘turning into Vegas’

| 18/09/2011 | Reply
Makkah for the rich: Islam’s holiest site ‘turning into Vegas’

To the al-Saud monarchy, Makkah is their vision of the future – a steel and concrete metropolis built on the proceeds of enormous oil wealth that showcases their national pride. Behind closed doors – in places where the religious police cannot listen in – residents of Makkah are beginning to refer to their city as Las Vegas, and the moniker is not a compliment.

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USA: Midamar Halal Foods Receives USDA Distinguished Community Service Award

| 17/09/2011 | Reply
USA: Midamar Halal Foods Receives USDA Distinguished Community Service Award

Midamar was the first company in America to receive the USDA award “For exemplary work in providing Halal food options for Muslims in America and around the world”.

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Money politics and political freedom

| 17/09/2011 | Reply
Money politics and political freedom

There are a number of Muslim majority and non-Muslim countries that have declared themselves to be Islamic finance hubs and halal food hubs. Malaysia is ranked 56th out of 178 countries (with a score of 4.4), Turkey also 56th (4.4), UAE 28th (6.3), Bahrain 48th (4.9), Brunei 38th (5.5), the UK 20th (7.6), France 25th (6.8), Luxembourg 11th (8.5), Singapore 1st (9.3), Hong Kong 13th (8.4), and Indonesia 110th (2.8).

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Sri Lanka Cargills to double biscuit production

| 16/09/2011 | Reply
Sri Lanka Cargills to double biscuit production

Biscuits made by Cargills Quality Confectionaries, a fully-owned subsidiary of Cargills (Ceylon), are 100 percent vegetarian and certified as Halal so they can be eaten by all consumers, a company statement said.

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Brunei: MoU signing with Sarawak signals more economic, technical cooperation

| 16/09/2011 | Reply
Brunei: MoU signing with Sarawak signals more economic, technical cooperation

Second Minister of Planning and Resource Management and Minister of Public Utilities Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan welcomed the signing of the MoU that also covered telecommunications, transportation, tourism, halal hub, agriculture and fisheries.

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Malaysia: Haoyue Group Invests RM350 Million In Halal Industry In Melaka

| 15/09/2011 | Reply
Malaysia: Haoyue Group Invests RM350 Million In Halal Industry In Melaka

The group has agreed to invest in processing agricultural products; beef; beverages; and daily essentials needed by Muslims; apart from in the canned food industry and frozen food, said Invest Melaka general manager Ramli Mohd Ali.

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Malaysia: 600 rich Pakistanis opt for 2nd home scheme in Malaysia

| 14/09/2011 | Reply
Malaysia: 600 rich Pakistanis opt for 2nd home scheme in Malaysia

About 600 Pakistanis have recently availed Malaysia My Second Home scheme that offers 10-year residency visa in the country. Interestingly from 2002 to April 2009, about 13,076 people from more than 100 countries all over the world opted for this scheme and Pakistan was at the 7th position in terms of the number of people who got the scheme. Being a Muslim country, Pakistan must get the advantage of producing Halal products, and Malaysia is now providing technical support for this.

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Republic of Tatarstan capitalizes on its Muslim heritage

| 14/09/2011 | Reply
Republic of Tatarstan capitalizes on its Muslim heritage

The Republic of Tatarstan, a Muslim-majority region, has proved to be an interesting investment destination for funds with Muslim shareholders or that are based in Muslim countries. The Malaysian private equity firm Amanah Raya Capital Group, has launched several projects the republic. Their first project was the Kazan Halal Hub.

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Thailand: 30% goal for Halal exports

| 12/09/2011 | Reply
Thailand: 30% goal for Halal exports

Thailand Trade Representative (TTR) Pichet Sathirachawal wants to increase exports of halal products by 30%. He also said the first task was to establish an Asean standard for Halal products to help regional producers access wider Halal markets in the world. He plans to persuade six Asean nations to open an Asean Halal standard office in Thailand as the country is a major international food supplier.

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Pakistan: Pakistan urges Malaysia to expand import base of Pak products

| 12/09/2011 | Reply
Pakistan: Pakistan urges Malaysia to expand import base of Pak products

Pakistan and Malaysia have agreed to enhance bilateral economic cooperation and explore avenues for joint ventures in a host of sectors, including agriculture, construction and Halal industry at the first ever meeting of the Pakistan Malaysia Joint Committee on Review of the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between the two countries.

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