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Marine, fruit products primed to lead foray into halal exports

| 07/01/2009 | Reply
Marine, fruit products primed to lead foray into halal exports

Sitti Amina Jain, the Department of Trade and Industry’s (DTI)
national point person on halal food, said in an interview yesterday
that canned and bottled sardines, frozen and processed tuna, as well as
dried and fresh fruits, have promising potential in the halal
international market.

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Brunei sells 148 mln in local currency Islamic bonds

| 07/01/2009 | Reply
Brunei sells 148 mln in local currency Islamic bonds

Brunei has sold B$148
million ($100.7 million) of short-term Islamic bonds, bringing
total government issuance to B$1.3 billion to date.

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Brunei To Join Forum To Bolster Asean Tourism

| 04/01/2009 | Reply
Brunei To Join Forum To Bolster Asean Tourism

Bandar Seri
Begawan – Brunei Tourism along with other key players of the
local tourism industry will soon be departing for Hanoi, Vietnam to
participate in the 28th Asean Tourism Forum (ATF) 2009.

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Future Lies In Brunei Vision

| 01/01/2009 | Reply
Future Lies In Brunei Vision

Bandar Seri
Begawan – His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of
Brunei Darussalam in his New Year titah last night stressed on the
importance of the Brunei Vision in charting the future direction of
the country while ensuring its sustainability and development.

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Fresh Mozzarella, Made In Malaysia

| 27/12/2008 | Reply
Fresh Mozzarella, Made In Malaysia

Halal mozzarella in Malaysia. Now that is a business idea! Then to carry on and sell Halal organic meat, well that is going to the next level. Friendly Farms have gone to great lengths to get Halal rennet for their cheese and make sure that their quality meat is professionally slaughtered by Jakim appointed slaughters and professionally cut and packed. This is the way to go with Halal to justly call products ‘Halal and Tayyib’.

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Huge potential for SMEs in halal industry

| 25/12/2008 | Reply
Huge potential for SMEs in halal industry

Malaysia continues to develop its plans for the Halal sector. Steered by the Halal Industry Development Corporation HDC, the new Masterplan, with plans through to 2020, has been completed and its implementation is getting underway. Smart banks are also looking for a piece of the action.

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China’s melamine crisis has knock-on effects

| 25/12/2008 | Reply
China’s melamine crisis has knock-on effects

Food safety issues continue to fill the news, with the increaseing globalisation of the food supply chain, the impact can be far-reaching. The ripples of this year’s melamine dairy crisis have spread through the
food chain and although quality assurance measures can benefit
responsible firms, downturn in Chinese dairy has still led to loss of
ingredients sales.

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Malaysian businessmen to help Yemen join GCC

| 24/12/2008 | Reply
Malaysian businessmen to help Yemen join GCC

SANA’A,
Dec 23 — Representatives from over 40 Malaysian companies have arrived
in Yemen, aiming to assist in the country’s development and gain
membership to the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).

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Southeast Asia to benefit from halal market

| 23/12/2008 | Reply
Southeast Asia to benefit from halal market

Over
the next 12 months, an ambitious poultry project in the BIMP-EAGA
sub-region, which consists of Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia and the
Philippines, will align their resources together to boost poultry
production and take advantage of the growing halal export market.

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Penang to Develop Halal Hub

| 20/12/2008 | Reply
Penang to Develop Halal Hub

Dr. Mohamed Amin Kassim, deputy director of Urusan Century Logistics
Holdings, will chair the committee with members representing 17
companies and organizations.

“The companies involved will be clustered according to their needs
and sector,” said Abdul Malik Abul Kassim, chairman of the state
committee for domestic trade and consumer affairs.

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GCC to recognise Singapore Halal Certification

| 16/12/2008 | Reply
GCC to recognise Singapore Halal Certification

Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong
signed in Doha Monday the free trade agreement with GCC members, a
grouping comprised of Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and
the United Arab Emirates.

The
GSFTA is a comprehensive agreement that encompasses trade in goods,
services, government procurement and other aspects. The cooperation
chapter as mentioned in the agreement will also encourage and
facilitate bilateral cooperation in several areas, including
recognition of the Halal certification of Singapore’s Majlis Ugama
Islam Singapura (MUIS).

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Brunei Prepared To Weather Financial Storm

| 13/12/2008 | Reply
Brunei Prepared To Weather Financial Storm

Paulius Kuncina, the Regional
Editor at Oxford Business Group, comments on the long-term outlook for Brunei, during a press conference
after a launching ceremony of ‘The Report: Brunei Darussalam
2008″

“We already have an advanced
economic agenda in new economy areas such as downstream oil and gas,
transport, halal food products, tourism and Islamic finance. The
most promising of these are Sungai Liang Industrial Park and Pulau
Muara Besar projects that create clusters of economic activity and
have significant spin-off potential as well strong backing from
local authorities.”

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Halal Promotion Stepped Up

| 10/12/2008 | Reply
Halal Promotion Stepped Up

Consumers in two key
cities in Central Mindanao have been organized in line with efforts to
promote halal food and non-food products in the region poising to lead
the country’s scientific halal certification process.

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Two firms to start ops in Penang’s Halal Industrial Park next year

| 08/12/2008 | Reply
Two firms to start ops in Penang’s Halal Industrial Park next year

Two Malaysian companies who produce Halal medical products will become the
first companies to start operations at the Penang Halal Industrial Park
next year.

Chief
Minister Lim Guan Eng said that Halagel (M) Sdn Bhd, producer of Halal
gelatine for pharmacies, and GranuLab (M) Sdn Bhd, a producer of
synthetic bone graft material, had agreed to build their factories in
the park which is located in Bukit Minyak, Seberang Perai.

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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 | 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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