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Gulfood a boost for F&B market morale

| 04/03/2009 | Reply
Gulfood a boost for F&B market morale

Rastelli owner Anthony Rastelli, who was exhibiting in Dubai
International Convention and Exhibition Centre’s (DICEC) Sheikh Maktoum
Hall this year, says Gulfood 2009 was “one of the more successful
shows” for the Halal food company, adding that there had been no
particular impact from the economic climate.

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Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia in tourism pact

| 01/03/2009 | Reply
Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia in tourism pact

Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand will launch a joint tourism package
to bring quick money into crisis-hit economies, a Thai minister said
yesterday.
The Indonesia-Malaysia-Thailand Growth Triangle (IMT-GT) yesterday declared an “IMT-GT Celebration Year” for the package. It
was inspired by the success of 2008’s “Visit IMT-GT Year”. The three
countries will jointly promote tourism, said PM’s Office Minister
Virachai Virameteekul.

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Karachi – Workshop on Halal food on March 11

| 26/02/2009 | Reply
Karachi – Workshop on Halal food on March 11

A
workshop on ‘Halal food’ will be held on March 11 and 12 in Karachi in
collaboration with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations’
secretariat.

The
Ministry of Livestock and Dairy Development is organising this workshop
in conjunction with the 3rd Food, Agri and Livestock Asia 2009
International Exhibition at the Karachi Expo Centre.

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Pakistan to hold Workshop on Halal food on March 11

| 25/02/2009 | Reply
Pakistan to hold Workshop on Halal food on March 11

KARACHI:
A workshop on ‘halal food’ will be held on March 11 and 12 in Karachi
in collaboration with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations’
secretariat.

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CAEXPO to boost cooperations in tourism, fishery, agriculture

| 17/02/2009 | Reply
CAEXPO to boost cooperations in tourism, fishery, agriculture

Cooperation on tourism, fisheries and agriculture between Brunei Darussalam and China will be further
enhanced at the coming 6th China ASEAN Expo (6th CAEXPO), scheduled on October 20 at Nanning, the
autonomous region of Guangxi, China.


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Islamic finance accelerates into motor policies

| 16/02/2009 | Reply
Islamic finance accelerates into motor policies

First it was Islamic
current accounts, then mortgages and investment funds, and now we have
a motor insurance product that conforms to Islamic law, or sharia. This
move will be welcomed by many of the two million British Muslims
looking to buy insurance cover aligned with their faith. But it could
also prove popular for non-Muslims who find the notion of an ethical or
co-operative insurance product appealing.

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The Brand New Halal Market is ‘Turkey’ Boasting 70 Million Muslims.

| 29/01/2009 | Reply
The Brand New Halal Market is ‘Turkey’ Boasting 70 Million Muslims.

HalalistExpo is the first and unique halal industry trade show in
Turkey. Halal showcase is going to be held in Istanbul August
13th-16th, 2009. Around 30.000 visitors are expected to attend the
trade show in which 150 domestic and international companies will be
exhibiting new global halal market opportunities.

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WHF 2009 To Be Held In May

| 27/01/2009 | Reply
WHF 2009 To Be Held In May

The Fourth World Halal
Forum (WHF) will be held for two days, starting May 18, at the Kuala
Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC) here. In announcing this, the WHF chairman Datuk Seri Sheikh Saleh
Abdullah Kamel said this year’s event, would present the efforts of
collaboration within the Islamic world to produce a set of standards
and specifications to uphold the quality and value of halal services. “The WHF 2009 stands to see the beginning of a long awaited
objective which is, a global halal standard, covering the entire value
chain,” Sheikh Saleh told a media briefing here today.

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China seeks help for investors

| 24/01/2009 | Reply
China seeks help for investors

BEIJING:
China has called for the setting-up of a network of incubators for its
entrepreneurs and investors interested in investing in Malaysia, said
MCA president Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat.

On the halal hub cooperation between both sides, Ong said Chen suggested both should form a forum focused on halal hub development and cooperation.

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Unique range of ‘Halal approved’ vitamins launched at Arab Health

| 23/01/2009 | Reply
Unique range of ‘Halal approved’ vitamins launched at Arab Health

A unique range of vitamin and mineral
supplements, which have been specially approved by the Halal Food
Authority in the UK, will be launched at Arab Health 2009, the world’s largest
healthcare event in the Middle East.

At the event, UK based Principle
Healthcare will be showcasing their new Halal supplement range, which
comes in four different types – Omega 3, Vitamin C, Calcium and Vitamin
D, and Iron.

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Forest’ Secret Set To Penetrate Overseas Market

| 18/01/2009 | Reply
Forest’ Secret Set To Penetrate Overseas Market

Forest’Secret Sdn Bhd is the owner and brandbuilder of the forest’secret brand – a premium Halal certified herbal-based products brand. Its chief executive officer, Shahrul Azlan Zulkifli, said the
company expected to open up outlets in London and Jeddah this year. Shahrul Azlan said Egypt would be the next target destination as
it was a market of more than sixty million people with large cities and
modern lifestyle suitable for a premium halal brand in beauty and
wellness.

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Malaysian tourism industry achieves exemplary growth

| 13/01/2009 | Reply
Malaysian tourism industry achieves exemplary growth

Malaysia recorded a 5.1 per cent increase in tourist arrivals to
22,052,488 last year compared to 20,972,822 in 2007, Tourism Minister
Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said said today.

“Despite the current global economic meltdown,
the Malaysian tourism industry has managed to achieve exemplary growth
due to intensification of the ministry’s promotional efforts,” she told
reporters on the second day of the 29th Asean Tourism Forum in Hanoi. She said that Malaysia had attracted 2,428,605 tourists from Indonesia, 1,493,789 from Thailand and 1,172,154 from Brunei.


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Pharma Nectar, a Brazilian Company, Pitches Its Honey Overseas

| 13/01/2009 | Reply
Pharma Nectar, a Brazilian Company, Pitches Its Honey Overseas

Brazilian company Pharma Nectar exports propolis, honey and herbal
extracts from Brazilian medicinal plants to more than 20 countries,
mainly in Asia and Europe. With foreign market expansion plans for 2009, the company invests in
seeking new markets. According to company owner José Alexandre Abreu,
the organization, which already has many Muslim customers in Malaysia,
has decided to seek halal certification, which should be obtained still
in the first half of 2009.

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Market, Consumer Behaviour Study Key To Halal Success

| 10/01/2009 | Reply
Market, Consumer Behaviour Study Key To Halal Success

Bandar Seri
Begawan – Policy needs such as science and scientific
application cannot resolve all problems in penetrating the global
Halal market. Economics and business elements such as market
knowledge, consumer behaviour knowledge, knowledge on regulatory
framework in the export markets are crucial factors to be considered
to take the Brunei Halal industry forward.

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SMEs Briefed On Importance Of International Standards And Certification

| 08/01/2009 | Reply
SMEs Briefed On Importance Of International Standards And Certification

Government initiatives in assisting local products to
be recognised and more competitive in the international market have
resulted in twenty-five local Brunei companies in food manufacturing, cottage industry
and factory sectors being selected by the National Standard
Centre to take part in the development of the GAP Assessment Programme
for SMEs.  The project is centred around
conducting research and analysis compliance according to
international standards in the local food industry.

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Brunei sells 148 mln in local currency Islamic bonds

| 07/01/2009 | Reply
Brunei sells 148 mln in local currency Islamic bonds

Brunei has sold B$148
million ($100.7 million) of short-term Islamic bonds, bringing
total government issuance to B$1.3 billion to date.

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Brunei To Join Forum To Bolster Asean Tourism

| 04/01/2009 | Reply
Brunei To Join Forum To Bolster Asean Tourism

Bandar Seri
Begawan – Brunei Tourism along with other key players of the
local tourism industry will soon be departing for Hanoi, Vietnam to
participate in the 28th Asean Tourism Forum (ATF) 2009.

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Huge potential for SMEs in halal industry

| 25/12/2008 | Reply
Huge potential for SMEs in halal industry

Malaysia continues to develop its plans for the Halal sector. Steered by the Halal Industry Development Corporation HDC, the new Masterplan, with plans through to 2020, has been completed and its implementation is getting underway. Smart banks are also looking for a piece of the action.

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Malaysian businessmen to help Yemen join GCC

| 24/12/2008 | Reply
Malaysian businessmen to help Yemen join GCC

SANA’A,
Dec 23 — Representatives from over 40 Malaysian companies have arrived
in Yemen, aiming to assist in the country’s development and gain
membership to the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).

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International Halal Food Conference in Belgium a Great Success

| 23/12/2008 | Reply
International Halal Food Conference in Belgium a Great Success

Islamic Food Council of Europe (IFCE) hosted the
third International Halal Food Conference, on 21 November 2008 at
the Sheraton Hotel, Brussels Zaventem Airport, Belgium . The event was deemed an great success attracting around 50 food industry professionals
from 15 countries.

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