Category: Asia

Malaysia to assist Brunei in tourism data collection

| 30/01/2010 | Reply
Malaysia to assist Brunei in tourism data collection

Brunei will be looking to Malaysia to aid in
enhancing the Sultanate’s tourism data collection systems as well as
cooperate on other tourism-related areas following a bilateral meet
between the tourism ministers of both countries yesterday. The ministers met at the sidelines of the Mean Tourism Forum (ATF)
2010 at The Empire Hotel & Country Club.

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Brunei Tourism infrastructure under scrutiny at travel mart

| 30/01/2010 | Reply
Brunei Tourism infrastructure under scrutiny at travel mart

TRAVEL buyers have expressed their concern over inadequate
tourism-related infrastructure in Brunei as the Asean Travel Exchange
(TRAVEX) 2010 came to a close yesterday. Let’s see if Brunei can now fast track all its plans it has in place to address all the issues that were raised during the tourism event, which has now been handed over to Cambodia for next year.

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Sozo to tap on Malaysia halal stature for global export

| 30/01/2010 | Reply
Sozo to tap on Malaysia halal stature for global export

SHANDONG-BASED Sozo Global Ltd, a one-stop gourmet convenient food
specialist, is banking on tapping Malaysia’s halal food stature
on the world stage to penetrate the booming and lucrative global halal
food segment which boasts an annual worth of US$2 trillion. The group expects to use the halal
food hub to target the Middle Eastern markets over the longer term.

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Halal accreditation system, e-commerce win ThinkBig

| 30/01/2010 | Reply
Halal accreditation system, e-commerce win ThinkBig

BUSINESS plans for a system to help firms in getting halal accreditation, and an e-commerce directory tied for the grand prize of Brunei’s
ThinkBig Business Plan competition. An
educational programme which would allow individuals to get their
Master’s degree in Islamic Banking and Finance came third in this competition to encourage young people to think about new business plans. With Halal, E-Commerce and Islamic Finance coming into the top three business plans we can see where the next generation business leaders are looking for the future.

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Prospects for Econonic Cooperation between Russia and Malaysia

| 29/01/2010 | Reply
Prospects for Econonic Cooperation between Russia and Malaysia

A working group from Russia of top executives from Islamic finance and Halal products & services, recently visited Malaysia looking for areas of cooperation with representatives from
Islamic business and finance in South-East Asia
. One of the topics discussed with Malaysia counterparts was the ‘KAZANHALAL
2010’ Exhibition to be held in the city of Kazan on the 27-29 June 2010, alongside the II Summit on International
Islamic Business and Finance.

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Could halal cosmetics be developing into a new global C&T niche market?

| 29/01/2010 | Reply
Could halal cosmetics be developing into a new global C&T niche market?

Demand for halal cosmetics worldwide is on
the rise, driven not only by more affluent Muslim consumers but also
growing interest in high quality, safe products. Sales of all kinds of
halal-certified goods have surged in recent years alongside higher
purchasing power in Muslim countries. Estimates for the global halal
market range from US$547bn, according to the Malaysian Industrial
Development Authority, to US$2.1 trillion, a figure cited widely by
international media. Whatever the real size, everyone agrees that food
accounts for the majority of sales. But new product categories are
emerging.

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The Industrial Estate Authority of Thailand opens Halal Centre

| 27/01/2010 | Reply
The Industrial Estate Authority of Thailand opens Halal Centre

The Industrial Estate Authority of Thailand
(IEAT) has opened a one-stop service centre at Pattani’s Halal Food
Industrial Estate to attract private investment to the southern
province, says Industry Minister Charnchai Chairungruang. The 82.84-million-baht centre opened on Monday and will administer
the Halal-GMP/HACCP standard, promote businesses and provide marketing
and various other services, he said.

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Urban development and ecosystem go hand in hand

| 26/01/2010 | Reply
Urban development and ecosystem go hand in hand

THE Development Master Plan for Brunei Darussalam’s capital,
Bandar Seri Begawan, is being prepared by an international group of
planning, environmental, economic and infrastructure consultants who are
working closely with the BSB Municipal Department and the Minister of
Home Affairs. The team is being directed by HOK International with cooperation from
Jones Lang Laselle, Meinhardt, MVA Hong Kong Ltd, the Biomimicry Guild
and OWMD International.

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Fulfilling the promise of growth in Mindanao

| 26/01/2010 | Reply
Fulfilling the promise of growth in Mindanao

MANILA, Philippines–Despite the perennial peace and
order
problems hounding Mindanao, the second largest island group in the
Philippines has remained a vital force in the country’s economic
development. The region accounts for a fourth of
the country’s
population and a fifth of the country’s total domestic output, largely
due to Mindanao’s agriculture, fishery and forestry sector, which is
responsible for 35 percent of the country’s total output from this
sector.

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Halal Trade Set to Cross $ 1 Trillion Soon, Say Experts

| 25/01/2010 | Reply
Halal Trade Set to Cross $ 1 Trillion Soon, Say Experts

The ensuing sixth edition of
the WIEF will be one of the most important business events this year
focusing on the business opportunities in the Muslim world. The Forum is
expected to bring together about 2000 participants comprising of world
leaders and the global business community. Several heads of the states
and CEOs of prominent international companies are expected to attend the
Forum which will be open to Muslim and non-Muslim
?business
community.

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Frontier Eyes RM10 Million Halal Supplement Sales In 2010

| 23/01/2010 | Reply
Frontier Eyes RM10 Million Halal Supplement Sales In 2010

Frontier International (M) Sdn Bhd, a
global halal health supplement producer, expects to generate about RM10
million in sales this year through its latest product “Angkasa”. Frontier International founder, Dr S.J. Jong said since its
establishment in 2004, the company has been growing at an average of 20
per cent annually.

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Malaysia Has Potential To Be A Major Producer Of Halal Vaccines

| 22/01/2010 | Reply
Malaysia Has Potential To Be A Major Producer Of Halal Vaccines

Malaysia has the potential to be a major producer of halal
vaccines in the world, Deputy Minister of International Trade and
Industry, Datuk Mukhriz Mahathir said. He also stated that through the ministry, entrepreneurs
undertaking this type of business, were being encouraged with a lot of
incentives, loans and grants.

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Intertek and IHIA enter tripartite co-operation and collaboration on Global Halal Management System with two Halal Certification Bodies

| 22/01/2010 | Reply
Intertek and IHIA enter tripartite co-operation and collaboration on Global Halal Management System with two Halal Certification Bodies

Intertek, a leading provider of quality and safety solutions to a
wide range of industries, has joined the International Halal Integrity
Alliance (IHIA) in signing a Memorandum of Understanding with the
Central Islamic Committee of Thailand (CICOT) and Halal India Pvt Ltd
(HI) to implement the Global Halal Management System (GHMS). The GHMS is a set of standards and regulations for which the Halal
Certification practice is set against to implement a global
accreditation standard.

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Mimit eyes global sales of GoHalal system

| 22/01/2010 | Reply
Mimit eyes global sales of GoHalal system

The Bruneian IT company, MIMIT E-Technology, aims to hit the global market with its recently
developed GoHalal system. It is an online Halal food verification system, the first of its kind
in the world. It does not give
certification but helps to facilitate halal accreditation for food.

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Are all Pringles Halal?

| 22/01/2010 | Reply
Are all Pringles Halal?

In response to a recent article ‘Pringles Now Halal’, Halal Focus questioned Procter & Gamble (Malaysia) on: What does this mean with regard to Pringles globally if you buy them without a Halal certification on the packet? Are they also Halal? The following is the official statement from Procter & Gamble (Malaysia). If you want to follow up in your region, I would take their suggestion to contact your regional Procter & Gamble office to tell them you would also like the assurance of a Halal certification on your Pringles. Or does it matter to you? Are you content with reading the ingredients? You are the consumer, you have a say in it.

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India and ASEAN: an FTA and beyond

| 22/01/2010 | Reply
India and ASEAN: an FTA and beyond

The ASEAN-India Free Trade Agreement (AIFTA), which has been concluded, after protracted discussions, is a strategic event that holds promise for both parties. The agreement is noteworthy as it completes ASEAN’s links with Asia’s two major
emerging powers and two of the fast growing economies in the world,
China and India.

India could leverage on its massive Muslim population (160 million, and
the third largest in the world) to connect with Islamic banking and
finance and the halal food market.

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Pringles now Halal

| 16/01/2010 | Reply
Pringles now Halal

Malaysia – Procter & Gamble (P&G) has had its potato crisp brand Pringles certified by Malaysia’s Halal authority JAKIM. All Pringles labels have started to carry the Halal logo from December 2009.

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Malaysian PM intends to tap opportunities in Saudi Arabia

| 16/01/2010 | Reply
Malaysian PM intends to tap opportunities in Saudi Arabia

JEDDAH — Malaysia intends to take advantage of ample
economic opportunities offered by Saudi Arabia, with Prime Minister
Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak describing relations between the two Muslim
countries as “very important and strategic”.
He said Saudi Arabia’s US$144 billion budget for 2010 should
translate into attractive possibilities for Malaysian companies to be
involved in the kingdom’s economic activities and other fields.

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Change of permanent secretary at MIPR

| 16/01/2010 | Reply
Change of permanent secretary at MIPR

Dayang Hajah Suriyah binti Haji Umar,
Accountant General, Treasury Department, Ministry of Finance has been
appointed as Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Industry and
Primary Resources.

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Neda Urges Private Firms to go into Halal Food Production

| 14/01/2010 | Reply
Neda Urges Private Firms to go into Halal Food Production

THE National Economic
and Development Authority (Neda) urged the private sector to explore
prospects of going into halal food production, which is also in step
with the goals set in the updated Medium-Term Philippine Development
Plan (MTPDP).

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