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Cuba seeks to enhance diplomatic ties with Brunei

| 16/02/2009 | Reply
Cuba seeks to enhance diplomatic ties with Brunei

Cuba, is seeking to explore more than just diplomatic ties with Brunei and is
eyeing ‘areas of common profit’ between the two sovereign states. In the areas of trade, Cubans are looking for an opportunity in fields such as pharmaceutical and bio-medical
supply, in which they have a well-established industry. The Cuban Ambassador, Carlos Alfredo Amores Balbin spoke to the media yesterday about these
prospective opportunities.

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Malaysia’s PM to launch Tanjung Manis halal hub

| 16/02/2009 | Reply
Malaysia’s PM to launch Tanjung Manis halal hub

Malaysia continues to use the Halal agenda as an engine of growth for agriculture, manufacturing as well as for foreign direct investment. The latest development in Sarawak, East Malaysia is expected to
serve the aquaculture, poultry and animal feed mill, organic chicken
and egg production, eel farming industry as well as providing support
to the rice bowl development in neighboring areas.

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Great Potential For Malaysian Food Products In US

| 08/02/2009 | Reply
Great Potential For Malaysian Food Products In US

NEW YORK, – While the ongoing recession has adversely
affected consumer demand in the United States, the biggest market for
Malaysian products, foreign suppliers are scrambling to devise
marketing strategies to push products that have good growth potential
even in a depressed market state.




“Our discussions with the trade reveal the full potential of
Malaysian food products, particularly the halal segment, in this
burgeoning market has not been fully realised,” said Wan Latiff Wan
Musa, Malaysia’s trade commissioner in New York, told Bernama.

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Nestle sees continuous growth in exports

| 08/02/2009 | Reply
Nestle sees continuous growth in exports

NESTLE
(M) Bhd sees continuous growth in the exports of its products,
especially to the Middle East countries, says managing director
Sullivan O’Carroll. This is because Nestle Malaysia is now the biggest halal food producer in the Nestle group, distributing more than 300 types of halal products, he says.

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Branding key to halal foods

| 04/02/2009 | Reply
Branding key to halal foods

Branding and the standard of purity of halal
food products are the key challenges to Thailand’s entry into the
growing global halal market. Despite the government’s long-standing efforts to transform the
country into one of the world’s leading halal products exporters, the
goal has yet to be accomplished.

According to Nordin Abdullah, deputy chairman of the World Halal
Forum, the standard of purity of Thai halal products is always in
question because Thailand is not a Muslim country.

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Muslim leaders vow to be active in peace process campaign

| 02/02/2009 | Reply
Muslim leaders vow to be active in peace process campaign

The National Ulama Conference of the Philippines (NUCP), which represents more than 3, 000 ulama and aleema (women religious authorities) nationwide, said it would be a catalyst to improve the Muslims’ welfare.

Ulama are a social, political, developmental, and can
even be an environmental force because of their influence,” said Amina
B. Rasul, director of the Philippine Council for Islam and Democracy
and NUCP convenor.

The pledged was made at the recently concluded three-day second National Summit of Ulama in the Philippines.

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Halal board to open Manila office this year

| 02/02/2009 | Reply
Halal board to open Manila office this year

THE NATIONAL Halal Accreditation Board of the Philippines
is planning to open an office in Manila this year in a bid to promote
the growing halal export industry.

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Bengal Meat Moves Fast to Ensure Smooth Supply Chain

| 02/02/2009 | Reply
Bengal Meat Moves Fast to Ensure Smooth Supply Chain

Global economic recession has bit into Bengal
Meat as plunging demand has caused the country’s lone meat processing
company to suspend mutton exports, an official said Saturday. Senior
executive of the company Sharif Ahmed Chowdhury said the
Sirajganj-based company has suspended its mutton exports to Dubai’s
upmarket stores since November.

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Philippines to help Brunei to develop agricultural sector

| 02/02/2009 | Reply
Philippines to help Brunei to develop agricultural sector

The Philippines
is expected to help Brunei to develop its agricultural sector,
according to Brunei newspapers on Saturday. This was one of the outcomes of
talks between Brunei Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah and Philippines President
Gloria Macapagal Arroyoin Manila on Friday.

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MeCD To Launch Entrepreneurs Programme Next Week

| 01/02/2009 | Reply
MeCD To Launch Entrepreneurs Programme Next Week

KUALA LUMPUR – The Ministry of Entrepreneur and Co-operative Development
(MeCD) will be launching its national entrepreneurs drive programme
(GUN ’09) from February 6-8. The event is expected to provide more exposure to visitors on the
available opportunities and facilities in the field leading to further
entrepreneurship development in the country.

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Steps to boost IMT-GT

| 01/02/2009 | Reply
Steps to boost IMT-GT

THE Penang Government is taking an aggressive approach to promote
the Indonesia-Malaysia-Thailand Growth Triangle (IMT-GT) and make the
grouping a viable option to boost the regional economy.

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Malaysian Group To Petition Against Supermarkets, Retail Outlets

| 30/01/2009 | Reply
Malaysian Group To Petition Against Supermarkets, Retail Outlets

To segregate Halal and non-Halal Products on the shelves so the Muslims in Malaysia can be certain the items they are picking up off the shelf are Halal is not an easy job! It is one thing segregating the meat, but the processed shelf products are another story when it comes to having to read the tiny writing on all the labels, and know the potential Haram ingredients in non-meat products, or search for the Halal cert. Might make for some new jobs for qualified ‘Halal sorters’ if their petition is successful.

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Official proposes creation of special development zone

| 29/01/2009 | Reply
Official proposes creation of special development zone

It has reportedly been said that the Saudi government is keenly
interested in concrete cooperation between Saudi Arabia and the
Philippines in the area of grain production, aquamarine and livestock
and in Halal food processing. Apparently Saudi Arabia, has recently adopted a policy of establishing partnership with
agriculture business groups in other countries in order to secure the
Kingdom’s food reserves.

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WHF 2009 To Be Held In May

| 27/01/2009 | Reply
WHF 2009 To Be Held In May

The Fourth World Halal
Forum (WHF) will be held for two days, starting May 18, at the Kuala
Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC) here. In announcing this, the WHF chairman Datuk Seri Sheikh Saleh
Abdullah Kamel said this year’s event, would present the efforts of
collaboration within the Islamic world to produce a set of standards
and specifications to uphold the quality and value of halal services. “The WHF 2009 stands to see the beginning of a long awaited
objective which is, a global halal standard, covering the entire value
chain,” Sheikh Saleh told a media briefing here today.

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Draft International Halal Standards To Be Tabled At WHF

| 24/01/2009 | Reply
Draft International Halal Standards To Be Tabled At WHF

KUALA LUMPUR, (Bernama) — The Fourth World Halal
Forum, to be held in May, will see the International Halal Integrity
(IHI) Alliance tabling the draft International Halal Standards for
public comment.





IHI Alliance chairman Datuk Seri Sheikh Saleh Abdullah Kamel said
the draft would be endorsed first at the Organisation of the Islamic
Conference (OIC) Standards Committee meeting in April.

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China seeks help for investors

| 24/01/2009 | Reply
China seeks help for investors

BEIJING:
China has called for the setting-up of a network of incubators for its
entrepreneurs and investors interested in investing in Malaysia, said
MCA president Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat.

On the halal hub cooperation between both sides, Ong said Chen suggested both should form a forum focused on halal hub development and cooperation.

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Malaysia plan temporary stop to chicken from China

| 23/01/2009 | Reply
Malaysia plan temporary stop to chicken from China

PUTRAJAYA:
The Veterinary Services Department has recommended a temporary
suspension on the import of chicken from China after the Chinese New
Year following the avian flu outbreak there.

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Green World to invest RM100m in edible container plant in Penang

| 21/01/2009 | Reply
Green World to invest RM100m in edible container plant in Penang

Biodegradable
product manufacturer Green World Biotech Sdn Bhd is investing RM100
million in Penang over the next four years to set up a plant that will
churn out edible containers from cane husks and other agro-based
materials.


In a country that uses styrofoam containers for its take away food practically 3 times a day this could be good news. Let’s just hope the food stalls invest in using them! They should be given some kind of incentive to ‘go green’ with their containers.


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Malaysia Seeks FTA Talks With Gulf States

| 21/01/2009 | Reply
Malaysia Seeks FTA Talks With Gulf States

Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi
has expressed hope that negotiations on the proposed establishment of a
free trade agreement (FTA) between Malaysia and the six-nation Gulf
Cooperation Council (GCC) can start as soon as possible and a mutually
beneficial pact concluded.


Abdullah also made a reference to the prospects of increasing
trade and investment among the Organisation of the Islamic Conference
(OIC) fraternity.




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Marrybrown’s humble shoplot beginnings to global franchise branding

| 18/01/2009 | Reply
Marrybrown’s humble shoplot beginnings to global franchise branding

Over the last 28 years, Marrybrown has ventured into other countries, proving that a Malaysian brand is able to make an impact in the global branding fraternity. Business Development Manager, Joshua Liew says being a halal Malaysian brand helps the company convince master franchisees especially in the Middle East. He
says the Middle East region is the most promising for franchising
business and Marrybrown will increase its outlets there to between 80
and 90 by year-end from 47 now. For
years, customers in these countries have only known fast-food
restaurants products and brands from Europe and the USA, he says.

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