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Opinion: Rebranding of Islamic Finance: Participation Finance

| 13/11/2013 | Reply
Opinion: Rebranding of Islamic Finance: Participation Finance

One of the most often heard statements at Islamic finance conferences, after standardization, has been, “Islamic finance is not just for Muslims, but for all of man-kind because of its ethical orientation”.

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UK: WIEF urges reforming global financial system

| 03/11/2013 | Reply
UK:  WIEF urges reforming global financial system

The 9th World Islamic Economic Forum (WIEF) called Friday for introducing essential reforms to the global financial system in order to overcome the economic challenges.

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UK: Britain unveils ‘Islamic Finance and Investment Group’

| 01/11/2013 | Reply
UK:  Britain unveils ‘Islamic Finance and Investment Group’

The Islamic Finance and Investment Group, chaired by the Rt. Hon Baroness Warsi, will include members from key Islamic finance centres, including Chief Executives and Central Bank Governors.

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Malaysian leadership in capital markets

| 31/10/2013 | Reply
Malaysian leadership in capital markets

Rushdi Siddiqui comments on the Malaysian Budget 2014, with special reference to Socially Responsible Investment (SRI) and the Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Index; and wonders why Halal did not get much of a mention.

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UK: Muslims Add Over £31 Billion To UK Economy

| 29/10/2013 | Reply
UK: Muslims Add Over £31 Billion To UK Economy

British Muslims contribute more than £31 billion to the UK economy and wield a spending power of £20.5 billion, a new report by the Muslim Council of Britain has found.

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UAE: UK, Malaysia top in Islamic finance research

| 29/10/2013 | Reply
UAE: UK, Malaysia top in Islamic finance research

The Islamic Finance Development Indicator (IFDI) will be officially launched at the Global Islamic Economy Summit, from November 25 to 26 in Dubai.

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Opinion: Malaysian leadership: SRI Sukuk and ESG index

| 29/10/2013 | Reply
Opinion: Malaysian leadership: SRI Sukuk and ESG index

The 2014 Budget was announced by the PM, and reference and allocation to Socially Responsible Investment (SRI) Sukuk and Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) index are indeed welcomed.

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Opinion: Islamic finance and food sector need convergence

| 27/10/2013 | Reply
Opinion:  Islamic finance and food sector need convergence

From the perspective of the Islamic economy, these two sectors clearly belong together, but it will take time and some imaginative, bold moves to bring them closer together.

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Global Islamic Economy Summit attracts key industry sponsors

| 26/10/2013 | Reply
Global Islamic Economy Summit attracts key industry sponsors

GIES aims to initiate dialogue on the integrated sectors of the Islamic Economy, covering Islamic financial services, Halal food, Halal Lifestyle, Halal Travel, SME Development and Islamic Economy Infrastructure.

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Opinion: World Islamic Economic Forum needs to under-promise and over-deliver

| 24/10/2013 | Reply
Opinion: World Islamic Economic Forum needs to under-promise and over-deliver

The WIEF is not just about Islamic finance, there will many other subjects covered, like US$2.3 trillion halal industry, but the US$1.3 trillion niche market seems to be the anchor tenant of the event. Why?

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Vietnam seeks investments in Malaysia’s halal sector

| 24/10/2013 | Reply
Vietnam seeks investments in Malaysia’s halal sector

Vietnam wants Malaysians to invest in the halal industry there to tap the growing demand for halal products globally.

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Opinion: Connecting Islamic liquidity with Halal opportunity

| 12/10/2013 | Reply
Opinion: Connecting Islamic liquidity with Halal opportunity

The Halal industry needs capital and the Islamic finance industry has surplus liquidity and limited investment opportunities; so why aren’t the two working together, asks Rushdi Siddiqui.

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Canadian company opens Halal pharma plant in Brunei

| 11/10/2013 | 4 Replies
Canadian company opens Halal pharma plant in Brunei

A joint investment between Canadian firm Viva Pharmaceutical Inc, private equity fund Aureos (Brunei) Capital Sdn Bhd and a group of local investors, the $26 million manufacturing facility Simpor Pharma was established to produce syariah-compliant pharmaceutical products for export to Muslim markets in Asia.

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Malaysia: CIMB Islamic Receives Loan Applications Worth RM100 Million At Halfest 2013

| 05/10/2013 | Reply
Malaysia: CIMB Islamic Receives Loan Applications Worth RM100 Million At Halfest 2013

Applications and leads came from SME entrepreneurs across businesses such as food and beverages, pharmaceuticals and perfumeries.

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Malaysia: F&N to double dairy exports to RM400m in 5 years

| 02/10/2013 | Reply
Malaysia: F&N to double dairy exports to RM400m in 5 years

“Our strategic location within the Selangor Halal Hub will also provide additional thrust to widen our penetration to the global halal markets, which offers exponential growth opportunities with its two billion consumers.”

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Shekra gets crowdfunding for Arab SME’s off the ground

| 02/10/2013 | Reply
Shekra gets crowdfunding for Arab SME’s off the ground

INJAZ Al-Arab has signed an MoU with Shekra, a crowd funding solution in Egypt supporting startups education, legalities, funding, mentoring, and monitoring processes, to provide additional funding for MENA start-up companies through crowdfunding.

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Russia: KazanSummit 2013

| 24/09/2013 | Reply
Russia:  KazanSummit 2013

KazanSummit is jointly organized by the Administration of the President of the Republic of Tatarstan and the Federation Council. Tatarstan is becoming the center for international cooperation.

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Opinion: Promoting the origination of Islamic Assets

| 23/09/2013 | Reply
Opinion: Promoting the origination of Islamic Assets

An exclusive interview with Yavar Moini, head of Islamic Finance at M Capital Group, a merchant banking group, and formerly ran Morgan Stanley’s global Islamic Finance business regarding ‘Dubai the Centre of Islamic Economy’.

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EU: Saudi group Almunajem mulls Doux investment in France

| 21/09/2013 | 1 Reply
EU: Saudi group Almunajem mulls Doux investment in France

Saudi food distributor Almunajem is considering taking a stake in French poultry processor Doux, which is looking to exit administration within two months.

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Dubai: ‘Islamic Economy Award’ launch in November

| 21/09/2013 | Reply
Dubai:  ‘Islamic Economy Award’ launch in November

The launch of the “Islamic Economy Award” is part of the upcoming Global Islamic Economy Summit in Dubai in November, under directive of His Highness Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum and Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

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