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Country will exceed Rs22bn export target: TDAP

| 08/12/2008 | Reply
Country will exceed Rs22bn export target: TDAP

Pakistan has all the raw ingredients necessary to become a leader in producing Halal food, but it seems they do not have the ability to process these ingredients. Where you think they would be a leader in production of Halal foods being an ‘Islamic country’, they have not even stepped into the market.

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Malaysia Has Big Potential To Be Global Halal Product Manufacturer

| 08/12/2008 | Reply
Malaysia Has Big Potential To Be Global Halal Product Manufacturer

Malaysia has big potential to be halal
product manufacturer following the global recognition, especially from
Islamic countries, International Trade and Industry Minister Tan Sri
Muhyiddin Yassin said on Saturday.

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Halal certification for restaurants

| 05/12/2008 | 1 Reply
Halal certification for restaurants

Entrepreneurs in the restaurant business in Brunei will now be able to obtain the ‘halal’ certification from the Halal
Food Control Division and Syariah Affairs at the Ministry of Religious Affairs.

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Indonesia to set up halal certification center

| 05/12/2008 | Reply
Indonesia to set up halal certification center

The Indonesian government plans to set up an
international-standard halal (edible according to Islamic law) product
certificiation center, a minister said. Agriculture Minister Anton Apriyantono said here on Tuesday the bill on
halal product guarantee was currently still being discussed at the
parliament, adding he hoped the discussion could be finished soon.

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More than 5,000 butchers to be employed in UK

| 02/12/2008 | Reply
More than 5,000 butchers to be employed in UK

LONDON:
Over 5,000 butchers from Pakistan will get employment in the halal meat
industry of UK through a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed
between the National Halal Foods Group of UK and Overseas Employment
Cooperation of Pakistan, diplomatic sources here say.


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Get halal certs, Aussie beef producers urged

| 02/12/2008 | Reply
Get halal certs, Aussie beef producers urged

PERTH:
Malaysia is encouraging Australian beef producers to get halal
certification from the Depart­ment of Islamic Development Ma­­laysia
(Jakim) to boost meat supplies in the country, said Veterinary
Ser­vices Department director-general Datuk Dr Abd Aziz Jamaluddin.

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Indonesian chefs, teachers ready to fill New Zealand market

| 30/11/2008 | Reply
Indonesian chefs, teachers ready to fill New Zealand market

Local
skilled workers will have a chance next year to try their luck in New
Zealand, which has agreed to open up to Indonesian workers as part of a
free trade agreement (FTA). The bilateral agreement, an auxiliary deal under the
ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand FTA signed in August, will create new jobs
for chefs and semiskilled workers, Trade Minister Mari Elka Pangestu
said Friday.

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Indonesia says eyeing beef imports from Brazil

| 29/11/2008 | Reply
Indonesia says eyeing beef imports from Brazil

Indonesia is considering
permitting imports of beef products from Brazil to help reduce
dependence on a few exporting countries, Agriculture Minister
Anton Apriyantono told Reuters on Thursday.

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Filipino Food Exporters book $20M in sales at Halal World Expo 2008

| 29/11/2008 | Reply
Filipino Food Exporters book $20M in sales at Halal World Expo 2008

FILIPINO exporters
booked sales of various halal food products totaling $19.91 million in
the recently concluded Halal World Expo 2008 in the United Arab
Emirates (UAE), said the Department of Agriculture (DA).

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Trade Within IMT-GT Expected to Hit US$5b Next Year

| 28/11/2008 | Reply
Trade Within IMT-GT Expected to Hit US$5b Next Year

TRADE within member states and provinces of the Indonesia-
Malaysia-Thailand Growth Triangle (IMT-GT) could reach US$5 billion
(RM18.1 billion) by next year.

IMT-GT Joint Business Council
(JBC) Malaysia chairman Datuk Faudzi Noh said an Asian Development Bank
(ADB) survey estimates the current IMT-GT intra-trade at US$3.8 billion
(RM13.76 billion), with the biggest contributors being agriculture
products, spare parts, and services such as medical and healthcare.

“There is huge potential even in the halal
industry. The three countries now contribute only three per cent to the
halal market. We feel that there are tremendous opportunities for our
entrepreneurs,” he said.

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Halal Agency Readies Global Standard Draft For Six Industries By Next May

| 28/11/2008 | Reply
Halal Agency Readies Global Standard Draft For Six Industries By Next May

The International Halal Integrity
Alliance (IHI) is working on draft guidelines for at least six
industries feedback at the World Halal Forum (WHF) next May in Kuala
Lumpur in its goal of forging a global Syariah-compliant standard.

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Business sector backs Mindanao halal-industry development

| 27/11/2008 | Reply
Business sector backs Mindanao halal-industry development

Businessmen
from Mindanao have proposed the development of a regional-industry plan
that both reflects the national halal-industry framework and addresses
specific business concerns of the region during last week’s Mindanao
Halal Industry Stakeholders Forum held in Davao City.

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Halal lab to rise in Koronadal early next year

| 26/11/2008 | Reply
Halal lab to rise in Koronadal early next year

DAVAO CITY — The Department of Science and Technology in
Central Mindanao is rushing the construction of a P50-million laboratory
complex in Koronadal, South Cotabato which will be the main halal
certification facility in the country, said Zenaida P. Laidan, the
department’s regional director.

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Govt Aims At Shaping HDC As A Professional Body

| 22/11/2008 | Reply
Govt Aims At Shaping HDC As A Professional Body

To a question from Mohamed Azmin on the involvement of KasehDia
Sdn Bhd, a consultant firm that provides advisory services to HDC,
which he claimed belonged to the daughter of a top UMNO leader,
Mashitah denied the allegation.

She said there was no ownership link whatsover to the child of any
specific person in the issue of the consultant firm for HDC. However,
she said she will give in the written form the full details of the said
company, KasehDia.

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Malaysian Traders Urged To Grab Opportunities In Saudi Arabia

| 22/11/2008 | Reply
Malaysian Traders Urged To Grab Opportunities In Saudi Arabia

JEDDAH,  – Traders from Malaysia should grab the huge
opportunity for them to market much more of their consumer goods,
especially halal food products, in Saudi Arabia in light of the growing
demand for them, Malaysia’s Consul General here, Hidayat Abdul Hamid,
said.

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Thai Islamic Bank Gives 1.2 Billion Baht in Loans For Halal Manufacturers

| 22/11/2008 | Reply
Thai Islamic Bank Gives 1.2 Billion Baht in Loans For Halal Manufacturers

BANGKOK, — The Islamic Bank of
Thailand (IBT) plans to lend 1.2 billion baht in 2009 to promote halal
food and product manufacturings while exploring sukuk or Islamic bonds
through “petro money” from Middle East investors. Its
chairman Professor Dr Somchai Virunhaphol said the fund for halal
manufacturers would then be doubled in two years as there are vast
potential to be tapped.

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Islamic Banking Gaining Strength, Says Surin Pitsuwan

| 22/11/2008 | Reply
Islamic Banking Gaining Strength, Says Surin Pitsuwan

BANGKOK — The Islamic financing system is expected to
grow faster than the previous 15 to 20 percent annually as world
economies look at it as an alternative to western models which is in
turmoil now, said Asean Secretary-General Surin Pitsuwan.
Surin said while the world financial system was in turmoil and sending
shock waves across the globe, trend in Islamic banking and halal food
industry was encouraging and positive.

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Bangkok Global Halal Conference 2008

| 22/11/2008 | Reply
Bangkok Global Halal Conference 2008

The conference was inaugurated by Deputy Prime Minister Olarn
Chaipravat, with a keynote address by ASEAN Secretary-General Dr. Surin
Pitsuwan, on “From Islamic Finance to Halal Products.” Moreover, a
seminar was held on “Helal Certification and Cooperation,” “Halal
Business and Islamic Finance,” and “Current Halal Research.”

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Thailand B2.4bn for halal lending

| 22/11/2008 | Reply
Thailand B2.4bn for halal lending

The Islamic Bank of Thailand will set aside 2.4 billion baht next
year to help finance halal food businesses, according to managing
director Dheerasak Suwannayos.

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Halal laboratory to open in Koronadal

| 21/11/2008 | Reply
Halal laboratory to open in Koronadal

Stakeholders
in Mindanao’s industry met yesterday for the creation of a Mindanao
Halal Food Industry Development Plan, a three-year road map on the
development of the halal industry. The plan which started this
month until July 2009 will cover specific strategies, targets,
programs and projects on halal, and plot areas of cooperation with
related industries like agriculture, food processing, manufacturing,
halal ingredients, plus branding and promotion.

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