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Change is essential to attract the best talent

| 24/04/2011 | Reply
Change is essential to attract the best talent

Banks must take up projects that will bring smiles into the lives of people in order to connect with today’s generation. Unless Islamic finance is made relevant to young people, it will struggle to gain popularity and grow in strength in the future.

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Sino-Malaysian J-V established to target Muslim market

| 24/04/2011 | Reply
Sino-Malaysian J-V established to target Muslim market

Northwest China’s Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region has revealed ambitions of expanding the overseas presence of its Muslim product industry by establishing a Sino-Malaysian Joint Venture specializing in developing products for the Muslim market. The Ningxia-Fahim International Halal Industry Co. Ltd., which started operations Wednesday, was invested jointly by Ningxia Agricultural Comprehensive Investment Co. Ltd. (NACI) […]

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Bursa Malaysia should work towards being the LSE for Islamic finance

| 23/04/2011 | Reply
Bursa Malaysia should work towards being the LSE for Islamic finance

Positioning “halal” as a new asset class with its launch pad in Malaysia created waves in all mainstream media after the WHF and has resonated in countries where the “halal” term may be on the way to become ‘google’. A seeded halal equity food fund launching off the SAMI index, the world’s first, is a good story for roadshows in, say, the GCC.

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Halal index is new Islamic investment frontier

| 18/04/2011 | Reply
Halal index is new Islamic investment frontier

Experts say the index will be a bridge-builder for Islamic funds, exchange-traded funds and sukuks as well as for global non-Islamic investors interested in the emerging food sector. Here are some basic facts about the index and its role in the future of Islamic investing.

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US paves the way for Halal food index

| 17/04/2011 | Reply
US paves the way for Halal food index

When a US-based company collaborates with a prominent New York-based Islamic finance professional at a global firm to develop an index that tracks Halal food companies in 15 Muslim markets, where do they announce the product? The World Halal Forum in Malaysia.

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Malaysia:New index will position halal as an asset class

| 16/04/2011 | Reply
Malaysia:New index will position halal as an asset class

The 6th World Halal Forum (WHF), 4-5 April, premiered with a notable paradigm shift with the introduction of Halal 2.0 The Convergence of Islamic Finance and Halal. The main theme of the event was to push for the convergence of two influential industries Islamic finance and the halal sectors into an integrated halal economy estimated to be now worth several trillion US dollars. The key milestone was the unveiling of a first of its kind “Halal Food Index”, which will position halal as an asset class within the investment community.

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Russia: Market Emerging for Islamic Finance

| 15/04/2011 | Reply
Russia: Market Emerging for Islamic Finance

Russia is the most attractive of the four BRIC countries for Islamic investment because it’s relatively stable, close to the Middle East and has an established legal system and infrastructure, said Abas Jalil, executive director of AmanahRaya Capital Group in Malaysia.

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Cashing in On the Halal Food Industry

| 14/04/2011 | Reply
Cashing in On the Halal Food Industry

Thomson Reuters and Ideals ratings announced the launch of the world’s first halal food indices, called SAMI (Socially Acceptably Market Investments) Halal Food Index and SAMI Halal Participation Index in Malaysia.

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World’s first Halal food index launched

| 13/04/2011 | Reply
World’s first Halal food index launched

Move paves way for halal industry to become asset class Published Wednesday, April 13, 2011 The halal food industry has now become an asset class within the investment community with the launch of the world’s first halal food indices, called SAMI (Socially Acceptably Market Investments) Halal Food Index and SAMI Halal Participation Index. The formal […]

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Industry lacks interaction with Halal food business

| 11/04/2011 | Reply
Industry lacks interaction with Halal food business

The connectivity should be natural given that they are supposedly both part of the Halal Activities Paradigm, of which finance and food are but two trillion-plus dollar components.

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Malaysia: Halal food index growing at fast pace

| 05/04/2011 | Reply
Malaysia: Halal food index growing at fast pace

The SAMI Halal Food index and its sister index, the SAMI Halal Participation Index, were launched during the WHF yesterday.

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Malaysian firms form core of SAMI Halal Food Index

| 05/04/2011 | Reply
Malaysian firms form core of SAMI Halal Food Index

Malaysian listed food companies form over a third of the 274 companies in the newly-launched SAMI (Socially Acceptable Market Investments) Halal Food Index.

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Opinion: Reuniting the ‘twins separated at birth’

| 04/04/2011 | Reply
Opinion: Reuniting the ‘twins separated at birth’

The halal industry has failed to convey its business model to Islamic finance in the language the latter understands: financing real estate, tangible assets, etc. Instead, Islamic finance, with its own issues on the lack of standardisation hears repeatedly about halal issues like ingredients, stunning, lack of certification consensus, etc. i.e. controversy!

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Malaysia: World Halal Forum to highlight halal trade

| 31/03/2011 | Reply
Malaysia: World Halal Forum to highlight halal trade

At the upcoming World Halal Forum to be held in KL Convention Centre from April 4-5, themed Towards a Halal Economy: The Power of Values in Global Markets’, HSBC Amanah Malaysia, along with other industry experts, will shed some light on the relevant of Islamic finance in the mainstream industries and how small and medium industries can benefit from it.

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Radio Interview with WHF Director

| 19/03/2011 | Reply
Radio Interview with WHF Director

Abdalhamid Evans, Director of the World Halal Forum was interviewed of KL’s business station BFM about new trends in the Halal market that will be part of this years WHF on 4-5 April at KLCC.

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UK: Islamic Finance Roundtable deliberates on ‘public good’

| 16/03/2011 | Reply
UK: Islamic Finance Roundtable deliberates on ‘public good’

Public good is one concept that is common to both conventional and Islamic finance. The values advocated by the Shariah are not only confined to the detailed technical aspects of transactions, but also in the extent to which the objectives of the Shariah are achieved. If every aspect of Islamic finance were to be subject to a public good test, arguably no negative repercussion could ever arise.

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Opinion: Time right for growth of Islamic finance

| 16/03/2011 | Reply
Opinion: Time right for growth of Islamic finance

The halal food industry has greater brand recognition and penetration than Islamic finance among the 1.6 billion Muslims. But how many Muslims know about Islamic finance and, more important, how many are participants, the bankable 2 to 3 per cent?

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Opinion: Dubai on Empty

| 13/03/2011 | Reply
Opinion: Dubai on Empty

Its skyline erupting from the desert in just two decades, Dubai is a cautionary tale about what money can’t buy: a culture of its own. After gorging on the Viagra of easy credit, the emirate has the world’s tallest building, the world’s most expensive racetrack, and a financial crisis to match. A. A. Gill discovers that no one truly belongs in Dubai, where the legacy of oil has made everything worthless.

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Responding to demand for Islamic Microfinance

| 09/03/2011 | Reply
Responding to demand for Islamic Microfinance

High unemployment, poverty, and low levels of financial access in Muslim countries continue to create high demand for microfinance. While conventional microfinance has successfully reached large numbers of poor in Muslim countries (most notably, Bangladesh and Indonesia), there is evidence to suggest that there are many potential clients of microfinance that categorically reject products that do not comply with Islamic principles.

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Women Farmers a Force in Fighting Global Food Shortages

| 09/03/2011 | Reply
Women Farmers a Force in Fighting Global Food Shortages

Better investments in female farmers would prevent malnourishment in 100-150 million people, because of the ways women are likely to allocate resources in a food-shortage-threatened world.

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