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Malaysia: Sozo To Tap Into Malaysia’s Strategic Halal Food Platform

| 01/12/2010 | Reply
Malaysia: Sozo To Tap Into Malaysia’s Strategic Halal Food Platform

Sozo Global Ltd, an export driven one-stop gourmet food specialist from Shandong, China, aims to use Malaysia’s strategic position to become a global exporter in the halal food segment.

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Opinion: Islamic Banking: The Untold Billion-dollar Story

| 29/11/2010 | Reply
Opinion: Islamic Banking: The Untold Billion-dollar Story

Advertisers in the Western world are realising to the fact that the Muslim consumer segment of about 1.8bn people is undeniably the next important market that needs a bit of understanding. Also, it remains largely untapped.

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UAE: Myths about Islamic finance

| 24/10/2010 | Reply
UAE: Myths about Islamic finance

If perception is reality, then we need to look at the misperceptions of Islamic finance. There are a number of myths about this niche market, and, taking a cue from a programme called ‘Mythbusters,’ we need to review some of them for plausibility, amendment or more information necessary.

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Kenya: Why Sharia-compliant economy is growing fast

| 15/10/2010 | Reply
Kenya: Why Sharia-compliant economy is growing fast

Ongoing expansion of the Muslim segment of Kenya’s newly rich is rapidly changing the face of business in the country in favour of Sharia-compliant offers that are taking root across all segments of the consumer market.

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Opinion: Halal Participation Banking…is this the next chapter?

| 17/08/2010 | Reply
Opinion: Halal Participation Banking…is this the next chapter?

Thompson Reuters Global Head of Islamic Finance, Rushdi Siddiqui, airs some thoughts on whether Islamic banking needs to be re-branded

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Russia: Al Shams Capital is setting up first CIS focused Shariah compliant PE fund

| 06/06/2010 | Reply
Russia: Al Shams Capital is setting up first CIS focused Shariah compliant PE fund

Al Shams Capital (Moscow), an investment financial company specializing in Islamic investments and finance, Lux Global Trust Services, a Luxembourg-based independent advisory and fund services firm and Theisen Law, a leading Luxembourg-based law firm, signed an agreement during the Moscow Forum for Islamic Investments & Finance in the Russian capital on 27th of May 2010.

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Arab world needs $144bn to meet food needs

| 10/05/2010 | Reply
Arab world needs $144bn to meet food needs

Arab countries need to invest $144 billion in agriculture between now and 2030 to meet the demand for food for their growing populations, said an Arab official. Food security became a major issue in the Arab world since 2008 when food prices soared in the global market. Arab states need to secure half of this […]

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Halal sector outperforming Dow Jones Titans…really?

| 30/04/2010 | Reply
Halal sector outperforming Dow Jones Titans…really?

Are you allocating assets to Halal Food sector?  Are you aware of how Halal food sector have performed over the past 12 months? If you want to find out how Halal companies are out-performing  the Dow Jones Titans, then you have to attend the IHMC 2010 in Brunei on 5th  June! Rushdi Siddiqui, Global Head […]

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Islamic funds for Halal food…the next wave?

| 26/04/2010 | Reply
Islamic funds for Halal food…the next wave?

The halal industry is estimated to be worth US$641 billion, with the number of producers, halal ports and certification bodies growing at an impressive rate every year. Funds being managed in  Islamic Financial institutions has been estimated at around US$1 trillion, so why isn’t Islamic funding the staple diet of the Halal food industry. Islam […]

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Thomson Reuters Launches Next Generation Islamic Finance Gateway

| 17/02/2010 | Reply
Thomson Reuters Launches Next Generation Islamic Finance Gateway

DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES and ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES — 02/16/10 — Thomson Reuters today announced that it has launched its next generation Islamic Finance Gateway to guide the emerging industry to the next stage of growth and development.

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Halal Trade Set to Cross $ 1 Trillion Soon, Say Experts

| 25/01/2010 | Reply
Halal Trade Set to Cross $ 1 Trillion Soon, Say Experts

The ensuing sixth edition of
the WIEF will be one of the most important business events this year
focusing on the business opportunities in the Muslim world. The Forum is
expected to bring together about 2000 participants comprising of world
leaders and the global business community. Several heads of the states
and CEOs of prominent international companies are expected to attend the
Forum which will be open to Muslim and non-Muslim
?business
community.

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Reflections on the Dubai Financial Crisis

| 03/01/2010 | Reply
Reflections on the Dubai Financial Crisis

This is an interesting article that was submitted by one of our readers which we have decided to use to launch our new ‘Opinion’ category on Halal Focus. We hope that more of our readers send in their articles on Halal related issues, for our consideration. Though we put up articles on the news in Halal it is also good to get business and consumer feedback to keep current with all aspects of the current trends and movement in the Halal arena.

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Natural Allies – Halal Food and Islamic Finance

| 31/12/2009 | Reply
Natural Allies – Halal Food and Islamic Finance

The rapid growth of Islamic banking – not only in countries like Malaysia, Bahrain and Singapore, but also the UK and elsewhere – and the emerging global market for Halal products and services represent the tip of the iceberg of the impact of Islam on commerce, a convergence which we believe is destined to be one of the defining factors of the coming decade.

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Know What Is Direct Selling To Avoid Being Cheated

| 30/12/2009 | Reply
Know What Is Direct Selling To Avoid Being Cheated

The Direct Sales Association of Malaysia(DSAM) reported that in
2008 the direct selling industry was worth RM5.6 billion with RM3.15
billion being contributed by 55 multinational and local companies who
are members of DSAM. Malaysian consumers may have come across direct selling schemes
involving health supplements, cosmetics and body trimming pills and
their success is often attributed to the direct promotion and
satisfactory services. However, there are many instances where the direct selling strategy is used
as a ploy to recruit or sponsor members, hence giving rise to Multi
Level Marketing (MLM).

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Islamic Insurer Closes

| 23/11/2009 | Reply
Islamic Insurer Closes

The first Islamic insurer to be based in the UK has closed its books.

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Pakistan Offers Opportunities for Malaysian Investors

| 19/11/2009 | Reply
Pakistan Offers Opportunities for Malaysian Investors

There
are many opportunities for bilateral cooperation between Pakistan and
Malaysia, says Pakistan’s Federal Secretary of the Investment Ministry,
Tariq Puri. Malaysian investors do not need to fear on investing in Pakistan as the
country provides one of the best investment-friendly regimes in the
world, Puri said in a statement Thursday.

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CIMB Islamic To Invest RM1.5 Billion In Halal Industry Players

| 17/11/2009 | Reply
CIMB Islamic To Invest RM1.5 Billion In Halal Industry Players

Kuala Lumpur: CIMB Islamic Bank Bhd is prepared to invest RM1.5 billion
in a move to help small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the halal
industry.

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MITI Okays Grants, Loans Worth RM1.06 Billion For SMEs

| 07/11/2009 | Reply
MITI Okays Grants, Loans Worth RM1.06 Billion For SMEs

KOTA KINABALU – Grants and loans worth
RM1.06 billion have been approved to 25,549 entrepreneurs engaged in
small and medium enterprises (SMEs) as of Sept 30. The Government is committed in boosting awareness
among the people on the global halal industry ensuring the
industry’s continued growth.

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Turkey’s Asya Bank Seeks Malaysia’s Cooperation In Islamic Finance

| 03/11/2009 | Reply
Turkey’s Asya Bank Seeks Malaysia’s Cooperation In Islamic Finance

One of Turkey’s biggest
financial institutions, the Asya Bank, has indicated an interest in
forging cooperation with Islamic banks in Malaysia, namely Maybank Bhd
and CIMB Bank. The aim is to establish an Islamic Bank in Turkey.

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France Adjusts Laws To Allow Islamic Banking

| 14/10/2009 | Reply
France Adjusts Laws To Allow Islamic Banking

The French government
wants to make Paris the world capital of Islamic investment as it looks
for new sources of cash to battle the credit crisis. But even with the
economic downturn, the campaign is raising some hackles.

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