HDC To Launch World’s First Halal Directory Widget

(Bernama) — The Halal Industry Development Corporation (HDC) will
launch the world’s first Halal Directory Widget on Aug 31 and expects
it to draw about 50,000 users a month.

The widget on HDC’s website, www.hdcglobal.com, provides
information on local and international halal companies and products
certified by the Islamic Development Department Malaysia (Jakim).

“Currently, the HDC website has 200,000 portal hits and we expect
25 per cent of them to access our widget directory,” said HDC vice
president (corporate services) Miti Nurbaya Zainudin.

She said the directory, designed as a promotion and online
marketing tool, could also be installed on users’ web portals or blogs
using the HDC widget code.

“With enquiries filtering through the widget and results displayed
in the Halal Knowledge centre portal, companies need not fork out their
own money to start or build their own halal directory database as this
directory is accessible globally,” she said.

She said HDC hoped to come out with a mobile widget by year end and also to expand features in the directory.

Miti said HDC was presently exploring the idea of enabling the
widget to be accessed through Facebook, the free-access social
networking website on the Internet.