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Australia, NZ to sign ASEAN trade deal within weeks

| 27/08/2008 | Reply
Australia, NZ to sign ASEAN trade deal within weeks

Australia and New Zealand are likely to sign free-trade
agreements with 10 Southeast Asian nations within weeks, in a deal
aimed at boosting trade between the Pacific countries and a market of
over half a billion people.

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Thailand seeking to increase global share of halal food market

| 20/08/2008 | Reply
Thailand seeking to increase global share of halal food market

Thailand”s cuisine has achieved a meteoric rise in popularity and now
stands proudly as a staunch international favorite alongside the
world”s longtime champions. But as Thailand”s food exports are
growing by as much as eight percent per annum, the country has been
slow in catering to the international halal food market, an industry
that is estimated to be worth somewhere around one trillion U.S.
dollars per year.

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Halal conference ‘aye’ to establishment of Brunei’s halal products academy

| 20/08/2008 | Reply
Halal conference ‘aye’ to establishment of Brunei’s halal products academy

The proposal to establish the Halal Products Academy will likely
materialise soon with Brunei’s related ministries submitting the
official proposal to the government in the near future. Through feedback received from participants, local and foreign, at the
International Halal Market Conference which ended yesterday, a
consensus was reached, with all saying yes to the idea of having the
academy here.

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Brunei called to create halal cluster

| 19/08/2008 | Reply
Brunei called to create halal cluster

The International Halal Market Conference (IMHC) 2008 came to a close Sunday at the conference hall of
the International Convention Centre, Berakas, Brunei. The resolutions, however, will be released to the public at a later date, said the Ministry of Industry and
Primary Resources. The event was considered very successful, not only by those participating, but also by the speakers themselves who found a unity with each other during the conference in their individual work with Halal in various sectors. They all look forward to coming again in 2009 to see what progress Brunei has made in the various sectors they hope to enter with Brunei Halal and the projects surrounding it.

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Zoning vital to success of Brunei’s halal park

| 19/08/2008 | Reply
Zoning vital to success of Brunei’s halal park

BRUNEI’S halal agro-technology park will have more chance of success if
it is designed in a way it groups halal goods makers with institutions
that will provide support in terms of research, administrative matters
and logistics, said Marco Tieman managing director at
LBB Teams Sdn Bhd of Malaysia when speaking at the International Halal Market Conference.

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Halal drug market seen at $100b

| 19/08/2008 | Reply
Halal drug market seen at $100b

Speaking at the International Halal Market Conference in Brunei, Selma
Djukic, president of White Owl Global Services Ltd, a service and
consulting agency targeting the pharmaceutical industry, said halal
accreditation goes beyond the simplified definition of just
ingredients, and also includes business practices that make the product
safe for consumption, manufactured in a clean environment, and in
accordance with ethical standards.

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Sultanate Can Be Promoted As Hub For Islamic Tourism

| 18/08/2008 | Reply
Sultanate Can Be Promoted As Hub For Islamic Tourism

Islamic tourism can provide an avenue for Brunei to
develop its tourism industry, in the long term goal of diversifying
its economy. A presentation on “Islamic Tourism and Halal
Hospitality” was delivered yesterday by David Smith, the chief
executive of Global Futures and Foresight UK, during the second day
of the International Halal Market Conference which took place at the
main conference hall of the International Convention Centre in
Brunei.

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Thumbs Up For Halal Academy

| 18/08/2008 | Reply
Thumbs Up For Halal Academy

Panelists and participants of the International
Halal Market Conference (IHME 2008), which concluded yesterday in Brunei, gave
their unanimous support for Brunei to set up the Halal Products Academy.

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‘Halal expands beyond just food provisions’

| 18/08/2008 | Reply
‘Halal expands beyond just food provisions’

This statement was one of the insights highlighted at the 3rd International Halal Market Conference in Brunei, which saw various
presentations of halal topics by prominent speakers. Hajj Abdalhamid Evans, Managing Director and Senior Analyst at the Imarat Consultants, highlighted the traditional perspectives of seeing
halal products simply in terms of food provisions to the Muslims, has long expired.

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Brunei The Google Of Halal?

| 18/08/2008 | Reply
Brunei The Google Of Halal?

“Can Brunei be the Google of
Halal?” The question put forward by the leader of a global Open
Source Community Project based in Berlin, Germany, called ADempiere
Bazaar, drew plenty of intrigue and interest from the audience
during the 3rd International Halal Market Conference (IHMC) in Brunei Darussalem
yesterday.

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Halal Concept Viewed As Complex In Food Industry

| 17/08/2008 | Reply
Halal Concept Viewed As Complex In Food Industry

According to Dato Paduka Hj Hamdillah, ‘halal’ in
Brunei takes on a very special meaning and relevance for us. “With our long and rich tradition
that is now embodied in the national philosophy of Malay Islamic
Monarchy, we view the propagation of Halal principles, and their
application in the market as something that is in harmony with our
core values as a Muslim nation,” he said.

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Halal Products Academy To Guide Halal Industry In Brunei

| 17/08/2008 | Reply
Halal Products Academy To Guide Halal Industry In Brunei

The Brunei government, which
is in the midst of establishing a Halal Products Academy soon, hoped
for it to guide the country in developing the halal industry.

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Jury still out on Brunei’s Halal Brand

| 16/08/2008 | Reply
Jury still out on Brunei’s Halal Brand

At the opening of the third Brunei Halal Products Expo 2008, a number of exhibitors taking part said that
having the Brunei Premium Halal label is certainly an added value for customers, as the strict, stringent and
high level of quality hygienic procedures for the acquisition of the Brunei Premium Halal Brand ensures both
the particular product’s halalness and cleanliness in the highest possible order.

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Corp to introduce halal inventory financing year end

| 16/08/2008 | Reply
Corp to introduce halal inventory financing year end

The Malaysian Halal Industry Development
Corporation Sdn Bhd (HDC), will introduce halal inventory financing to
assist industry players. According to its chief executive
officer, Datuk Seri Jamil Bidin, the HDC had already finalised the
financing structure and it was expected to be launched by the end of
the year.

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RP seeks foreign investors halal food industry in Mindanao

| 16/08/2008 | Reply
RP seeks foreign investors halal food industry in Mindanao

The Department of Agriculture is looking for foreign investors to put
in P3.04 billion in a halal industry based in Mindanao, Philippines that will create
thousands of jobs and corner a share in the $500 billion global halal
food market.

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Kuwait confirms halal investment in South; Kuwaiti-Thai MOU signed

| 16/08/2008 | Reply
Kuwait confirms halal investment in South; Kuwaiti-Thai MOU signed

Kuwait affirmed its interest in launching
the halal food industry in Thailand’s southernmost region and also
pledged to provide jobs for some 3,000 more workers from this country
to be employed in the Middle East state.

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3rd Int’l Halal Products Expo set for curtains-up

| 16/08/2008 | Reply
3rd Int’l Halal Products Expo set for curtains-up

The 3rd International Halal Products Expo (IHPE) was launched by the Sultan of Brunei. Accompanying His Majesty were
HRH Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah, the Crown Prince and HRH Prince Mohamed
Bolkiah and HRH Prince ‘Abdul Malik, at the ICC in
Berakas. Then they did a tour of the expo displaying a range of halal and syariah-compliant products and services from the sultanate and the
world from foodstuff to textiles and hair dyes. The event is jointly organised by the Ministry of Industry and Primary resources, Ministry of Religious Affairs and Ministry
of Health.

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Brunei To Set Up Company To Manage Halal Brand

| 16/08/2008 | Reply
Brunei To Set Up Company To Manage Halal Brand

The Brunei government is
setting up a company to oversee the development of a halal brand in
line with its move to be one of the major players of the halal brand
globally.

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Brunei Halal Product Academy In Pipeline

| 14/08/2008 | Reply
Brunei Halal Product Academy In Pipeline

Brunei’s 3rd International Halal Market Conference on 16-17 August will discuss the formation of a Halal Product Academy under the patronage of the Brunei Government. Such an institution will bring together Shariah scholars, scientists and Halal industry experts to collaborate on current and future issues in the Halal industry. Imarat Consultants MD, Abdalhamid Evans, was interviewed in Brunei recently about the IHMC and Brunei future in the Halal sector.

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Networking at Halal Product Expo

| 13/08/2008 | Reply
Networking at Halal Product Expo
The International Halal Products Expo from August 14 -17 in Berakas will be the best platform for Bruneian firms to
set up business ties with foreign countries especially in promoting and marketing halal products.

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