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Muslims not prepared to declare cloning ‘halal’

| 27/06/2008 | Reply
Muslims not prepared to declare cloning ‘halal’

The issue of cloning certainly goes well beyond whether or not an animal is stunned before Halal slaughter and the method used in the slaughtering of it. This also comes under the category of ‘ethical’ which is also now a much broader issue with the production of food today. As this question becomes better researched from a Halal perspective perhaps the wisdom of the Islamic shariah will bring clarity on this for everyone questioning whether it is ethical to produce cloned animals for human consumption. Perhaps this is an issue to be addressed to the Shariah scholars and scientists at the upcoming International Halal Market Conference being held on the 16-17 August in Brunei Darussalam.

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Creating Power Brands for SMEs

| 27/06/2008 | Reply
Creating Power Brands for SMEs

Brunei is getting its SME companies ready for taking their products out to the world. With the Brunei Halal Premium brand getting ready to launch getting their Halal industry enterprises trained in the best way to brand their products is essential to the project. Brunei will also be holding the International Halal Market Conference on the 16-17 August when they will be bringing in successful SME companies to have dialogues on how they managed to brand their products and get them into the international Halal marketplace to inspire these local companies and others who will be attending the conference. They will also have a session with Shariah scholars, Scientists and industry leaders to enable some of the issues that need clarifying in Halal to be addressed.

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Halal confab in Manila starts tomorrow

| 26/06/2008 | Reply
Halal confab in Manila starts tomorrow

The Philippines is now joining other countries in the region with its own Halal standard launched in February this year, and its 1st National Halal Convention. The convention will
have sessions on priorities and challenges of the Philippine Halal
industry, exporting and business potentials, with speakers from
Malaysia and Thailand who will also share their Halal promotion
strategies.

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HDC Receives 380 Applications For Halal Certification

| 26/06/2008 | Reply
HDC Receives 380 Applications For Halal Certification

No surprise that HDC is getting this amount of queries for Halal certifications, everyone wants their Halal certification in Malaysia. What we hope though is that the processing for this number of certifications is done quickly and efficiently under HDC now, as JAKIM for years was criticised about not being able to do. The markets both domestic and internationally will watch with a great deal of interest the outcome of this shift over to the Halal Industry Development Corporation.

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OIC: Malaysian FM Yatim adressed the 35th council of foreign ministers

| 24/06/2008 | Reply
OIC: Malaysian FM Yatim adressed the 35th council of foreign ministers

With so much on the agenda at the 35th Session of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the OIC it does not look like Malaysia’s Foreign Minister was able to do much but mention the names of the Halal initiatives that Malaysia is trying to introduce to the OIC in his 15 minute address. Hopefully he was able to gather some support on the sidelines during the meetings. Seems these meetings are just to remind each other what they did not follow up on from the last meeting. Though with such a long list of very serious issues to be addressed during these sessions, adding the development of International Halal
Standards, the International Halal Integrity Alliance, and an International Zakat Organisation to the list might just be asking too much.  Perhaps these will need to be implemented by a different body.

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Understanding Halal Order

| 22/06/2008 | Reply
Understanding Halal Order

With an excellent Halal Standard already created by Brunei Ministry of Religious Affairs, Brunei is ready for the next phase of their Brunei Halal programme which is the training of the relevant users of the Halal certification on the requirements and terms of it.

Brunei will also be holding the International Halal Market Conference on the 15-16 August 2008 in order to further educate their delegates through the experiences of others who have started up in a Halal business, the possibility of Halal pharmaceuticals, and also looking at the new role of Islamic tourism in the Halal industry, among the topics being discussed. But essential to the conference will be the Shariah & Science session with Islamic Scholars, Scientists and the Halal industry experts jointly looking at current issues surrounding Halal.

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Brunei workshop on halal certification gets under way

| 17/06/2008 | Reply
Brunei workshop on halal certification gets under way

In the run up to their annual Halal Conference and Expo on August 14-17, Brunei Darusslam recently held special Halal certification workshops for local businesses.

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Indian classical scholars sign up for courses in finance

| 16/06/2008 | Reply
Indian classical scholars sign up for courses in finance

The recent interest amongst Muslims in halal investments, has
prompted several classical scholars to sign up for courses in finance,
accounts and even law in India. 

One only hopes that Muslim businessmen will similarly look at the potential for jobs and career opportunities in the Halal industry, including Halal financing for companies producing Halal products to further develop the shariah compliance of the Halal market.

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Taking the halal brand to the next level

| 12/06/2008 | Reply
Taking the halal brand to the next level

Sunlit Advertising Sdn Bhd, the event manager for the International Halal Products Expo (IHPE) 2008,
yesterday signed strategic partnership agreements at the Setia Pahlawan Hall of the Ministry of Industry and
Primary Resources building.

The Memorandum of Understanding will partner Sunlit Advertising Sdn Bhd with Radio Television Brunei
(Official Expo Media Partner), DagangHalal.com (Official Online Partner) and Halal Journal (Official Expo
Journal).

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Halal industry movers eye retailers’ participation

| 08/06/2008 | Reply
Halal industry movers eye retailers’ participation

Government agencies have
unified to further strengthen the halal industry in Mindanao through
initiatives aimed at attracting more players even from the retail
sector. They are organising a two-day Halal Retail
Merchandising Seminar on July 24 here and July 25 in Tacurong City.

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Brunei International Halal Market Conference 2008 Programme

| 29/05/2008 | Reply
Brunei International Halal Market Conference 2008 Programme

The IHMC 2008 Conference will be held in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam in 16-17 August at the International Convention Centre.



The IHMC 2008 Programme is available here, including the International Delegate Registration form, plus there is the current Brunei Halal e-Newsletter available for download

Click here for details on the Brunei IHMC 2008 and the International Halal Products Expo

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Malaysia, Turkey & Saudi Arabia Driving Increased Intra-OIC Trade

| 29/05/2008 | Reply
Malaysia, Turkey & Saudi Arabia Driving Increased Intra-OIC Trade

This is an excellent report by DinarStandard.com (as we are coming to expect from them) on intra-OIC trade, looking at tyhe trend towards growth in this sector, and who is driving it. Malaysia, Turkey & Saudi Arabia driving increased intra-OIC Trade, with strong fundamentals, Islamic finance, Halal food, and increase Intra-OIC networking driving growth. The report is full of information and charts, and we are posting the link here:

http://www.dinarstandard.com/intraoic/intraoic052708.html

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Halal Industry Experts gather in Brunei for August events

| 29/05/2008 | Reply
Halal Industry Experts gather in Brunei for August events

With the innovative theme, ‘The Emergence of the Halal Market Economy’,
this years International Halal Market Conference promises a new in-depth perspective on the
evolving global Halal market. Drawing experts speakers from all sectors of the Halal Market Economy, the conference will highlight research findings as well as inspirational success stories from Asian SME’s who have made it in the Halal sector.

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Bringing fresh perspective to global Halal market

| 29/05/2008 | Reply
Bringing fresh perspective to global Halal market

A two-day International Halal Market Conference, with the visionary theme ‘The Emergence of the Halal
Market Economy’, will be held on August 16 at the International Convention Centre. Held in conjunction with
the 3rd International Halal Products Expo (August 14-18), it is set to bring a fresh perspective to the global
Halal market.

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HDC’s Role Important For Taking Malaysian Halal Certificate To The World

| 28/05/2008 | Reply
HDC’s Role Important For Taking Malaysian Halal Certificate To The World

The government said the move to give
the responsibility of issuing the Malaysian Halal certificate to the
Halal Industry Development Corporation (HDC) was important as it was
intended to expand the adoption of the certificate to other countries
such as Argentina and Brazil.

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UAE, Canadian investors eye halal ventures in Mindanao

| 27/05/2008 | Reply
UAE, Canadian investors eye halal ventures in Mindanao

Investors from the United Arab
Emirates, particularly from Dubai, and Canada want to venture into the
halal industry in Mindanao, a senior regional government official here
told reporters over the weekend.

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Change Lifestyle to Curb Inflation

| 24/05/2008 | Reply
Change Lifestyle to Curb Inflation

During a briefing for Malaysian journalists accompanying him for his working visit
to Japan, the Malaysian Prime Minister said that during his meeting with his
Japanese counterpart Yasuo Fukuda he spoke on food security and
cooperation in agriculture in view of increasing food prices. “I
also said that it would be good if Japan can be involved in the halal
food industry, apart from investment in plantation, aquaculture and
manufacturing,” he said.

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De Rahman Products Seeing Good Success In Saudi Arabia And China

| 24/05/2008 | Reply
De Rahman Products Seeing Good Success In Saudi Arabia And China

Kumpulan Rahman Brothers Sdn Bhd
(KRB) have added yet another success to their list with the successful
export of their De Rahman brand of products to the Saudi Arabia and
China markets in the last two years.
The company’s move into the Saudi Arabia and China
market was through joint efforts with Mara under the auspices of the
Ministry of Entrepreneur and Cooperatives Development (MeCD).

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Beef to Indonesia

| 24/05/2008 | Reply
Beef to Indonesia

A record of 3,762 tonnes of Halal beef was shipped from Australia to Indonesia in April, an increase of 121 per cent from April 2007.

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MARA Helps Bumiputera Entrepeneurs To Penetrate Islamic Market

| 22/05/2008 | Reply
MARA Helps Bumiputera Entrepeneurs To Penetrate Islamic Market

Majlis Amanah Rakyat (MARA) is helping Bumiputera entreprenuers to gain
a foothold in the Islamic market by encouraging them to take part in
various exhibitions.

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