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HDC To Meet Government Officials On Halal Industry During D-8 Summit

| 03/07/2008 | Reply
HDC To Meet Government Officials On Halal Industry During D-8 Summit

Bangladesh and Indonesia are
keen to leverage on Malaysia’s expertise in developing halal standards
and experience in the industry to develop the industries in their
countries.

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Philippines Halal Promotion Efforts Recognized in Malaysia

| 03/07/2008 | Reply
Philippines Halal Promotion Efforts Recognized in Malaysia

Philippines is working on Halal in their country in many different ways and traveling to increase their awareness of how the Halal market is developing as this article shows. I would recommend their next stop be the International Halal Market Conference being held in Brunei 16-17 August for yet another way of looking at this developing market.
With speakers like Mr Rohit Talwar speaking on The Future of Islamic Tourism & the Halal Hospitality Business, and Mr Saleh Lootah of Al Islami Foods, Dubai, talking about branding Halal, how can anyone involved in Halal business afford to miss it!

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New Yorks Fancy Food Show Concludes On A satisfactory Note For Malaysian Exhibitors

| 03/07/2008 | Reply
New Yorks Fancy Food Show Concludes On A satisfactory Note For Malaysian Exhibitors

Interesting to read how Malaysian companies did when they came to New York for the Fancy Food Show. As interest in Halal Food grows in America hopefully so will the market for Malaysian companies that have Halal certification.

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HDC has issued Halal Certificates for 38 Thai Products So Far

| 02/07/2008 | Reply
HDC has issued Halal Certificates for 38 Thai Products So Far

The Halal Development Corporation (HDC) has issued a total of 38 halal
certificates to products from Thailand’s multinational companies since
its establishment in September 2006.

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Sabah Gov’t Welcomes Creation Of Mindanao Halal Forum

| 02/07/2008 | Reply
Sabah Gov’t Welcomes Creation Of Mindanao Halal Forum

Sabah Assistant Minister of Industrial Development, Jainab
Ahmad, has welcomed the establishment of a Mindanao Halal Forum within
the Brunei-Indonesia-Malaysia-the Philippines East Asean Growth Area
(BIMP-EAGA).

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Effective strategies to capture $1.2T global halal market

| 02/07/2008 | Reply
Effective strategies to capture $1.2T global halal market

FOOD producers and exporters were advised to
implement correct marketing strategies in order to capture a share of
the huge global halal trade estimated between $580 billion to $1.2
trillion at a recent National Halal Conference in the Philippines.
To effectively capture the halal markets, they were told they must understand the Muslim consumers’ religious
needs and behavior, food purchase and consumption pattern.


This shows once again the Halal consumer has the potential to influence the way this market moves. Halal Consumers need to know they have a say in the quality and quantity of Halal products on the shelf.

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Filipino Muslims are against the "halal" butchering of cloned meat

| 01/07/2008 | Reply
Filipino Muslims are against the "halal" butchering of cloned meat

The Filipino Muslims and food scientists maintain that it is
impossible to “accept the norm on animal cloning” that permits
“conformity to Islamic law”, even though the opinion of the Pakistani
clerics is positive. 

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Malaysia And Bosnia Need To Cooperate In Agriculture Sector

| 01/07/2008 | Reply
Malaysia And Bosnia Need To Cooperate In Agriculture Sector

Malaysia and Bosnia and Herzegovina
need to find new approaches in the agriculture sector as a way out to
the current global food crisis, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah
Ahmad Badawi said Monday.
He said halal food production was another potential area the private sectors of the two countries were looking into.

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Forest’Secret: Premier Range Of Halal Herbal Body-care Products

| 01/07/2008 | Reply
Forest’Secret: Premier Range Of Halal Herbal Body-care Products

Malaysia is a country blessed
with the existence of a rainforest that is rich with natural resources
like herbs and medicinal plants, that form the key ingredients in most
beauty care products and health supplements. Taking advantage of their bountiful supply, Forest’Secret, a
company that produces a range of beauty and health care products, have
incorporated these natural resources as the base ingredients for its
products.

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Brunei’s Road to Diversification

| 30/06/2008 | Reply
Brunei’s Road to Diversification

Blogs are key to keeping people up to speed with public opinion and Brunei is no different with its drive for Halal Branding and certification. We hope the question this woman on her blog is asking  about ‘Halal branding’ in Brunei will be answered or addressed at the International Halal Market Conference being held in Brunei on the 16-17 August.

Governments must be sure the vision they are planning in a conference room is also presented clearly to their citizens who they hope are going to benefit from it. This also applies to Malaysia, Thailand, Philippines, etc. We hope that this woman and more like her come to the IHMC to assist Brunei’s vision for a new Halal economy to be realised.

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Halal – a dynamic force that can change the world

| 29/06/2008 | Reply
Halal – a dynamic force that can change the world

An in-depth interview with Hajj Abdalhamid Evans, Senior Analyst at Imarat Consultants. As one of the leading voices in the Halal market with a truly global vision, he discusses issues across a wide range of topics and countries, commenting on MIHAS, the World Halal Forum, the challenges facing Malaysia, Brunei’s new moves in the Halal arena as well as the latest news on the Halal industry in the USA and Canada.



Plus details of the forthcoming International Halal Market Conference in Brunei Darussalam on 16-17 August
.

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Kyrgyzstan Keen To Learn Malaysia’s Model Of Islamic Economy

| 29/06/2008 | Reply
Kyrgyzstan Keen To Learn Malaysia’s Model Of Islamic Economy

The Kyrgyzstan government plans
to introduce takaful (Islamic insurance), Islamic bond and production
of halal products after having introduced Islamic banking
one-and-a-half years ago, said Shamil M. Murtazaliev, advisor to the
president of Kyrgyz Republic.

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Market Opportunities For Malaysian Products In Indonesia

| 29/06/2008 | Reply
Market Opportunities For Malaysian Products In Indonesia

MATRADE is confident that Malaysian
products and services will gain more market opportunities in Indonesia
if there is continued joint and aggressive promotion of its products in
the republic by various agencies.

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HDC Awaits Tamadam Proposal on Halal Park Logistics

| 27/06/2008 | Reply
HDC Awaits Tamadam Proposal on Halal Park Logistics

HALAL Industry Development Corp Sdn Bhd (HDC) is waiting for Tamadam
Bonded Warehouse Bhd’s proposal on logistics infrastructure framework
for halal parks in the country. Also in the article is the number of Halal certifications that HDC has approved so far out of the 380 Halal certification applications that have come in so far.

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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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