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China offers Pakistan joint ventures in Halal Food industry

| 29/04/2008 | Reply
China offers Pakistan joint ventures in Halal Food industry

The Muslim Chinese autonomous region of Ningxia Hui is getting increasingly involved in the Halal market, inviting Pakistan for joint ventures with their Chinese Muslim counterparts. Their forthcoming International Halal Food and Muslim Commodities Festival will be held on 10-13 September in the Ningxia capital of Yinchuan, coinciding with the 50-year celebrations of the autonomous region.

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Islamic Chamber of Commerce’s general assembly held

| 28/04/2008 | Reply
Islamic Chamber of Commerce’s general assembly held

Saleh Kamel, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the
Islamic Chamber of Commerce, highlighted the pivotal role the chamber
plays in the service of the Islamic countries’ economies, manifested in
enhancing trade exchange among member countries of the Organization of
the Islamic Conference (OIC). Reviewing the chamber’s accomplishments, Kamel said the chamber serves as a business and
economic hub for Islamic countries and a representative for the private
sector in these countries.

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Nahavandian hails ICC’s General Assembly

| 28/04/2008 | Reply
Nahavandian hails ICC’s General Assembly

Head
of Iran’s Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Mines on Sunday hailed
the success the Islamic Chamber of Commerce (ICC) General Assembly held
in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
The assembly
was held to review the international project on Halal brand aiming at
standardization of Halal products.

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Big China Turnout for MIHAS 2008

| 26/04/2008 | Reply
Big China Turnout for MIHAS 2008

China
will have the biggest international presence at the 5th Malaysia
International Halal Showcase (MIHAS) in Kuala Lumpur next month with
close to 100 Chinese companies and government agencies going to the
five-day event.
Eighteen Chinese companies will exhibit at the fair while
79 other enterprises and government agencies will send 107 buyers and
officials for the business sessions.

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Local Brunei SMEs to participate in MIHAS 2008

| 26/04/2008 | Reply
Local Brunei SMEs to participate in MIHAS 2008

Several Brunei SME entrepreneurs involved in the food processing industry will showcase their products at the
5th Malaysia International Halal Showcase 2008 (MIHAS 2008), which will be held from May 7 to 11 at the
Matrade Exhibition and Convention Centre Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

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MIHAS 2008 Best Platform To Learn, Adopt Malaysia’s Halal Certification System

| 23/04/2008 | Reply
MIHAS 2008 Best Platform To Learn, Adopt Malaysia’s Halal Certification System

The Malaysia International Halal Showcase 2008 (MIHAS
2008) 7-11 May 2008 will be the best platform for other Muslim or foreign
countries to learn or adopt Malaysia’s halal certification system, says
the organiser. MIHAS chief executive officer, Mohd Shukri Abdullah, said
Malaysia’s halal certification has been recognised internationally and
its acceptance would make it easier for Malaysian firms to establish
business ties with countries around the world.

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Halal-certified businesses on a roll

| 22/04/2008 | Reply
Halal-certified businesses on a roll


Over the past eight years, the number of halal-certified businesses in
Singapore has grown nearly four-fold from 530 to over 2,000, and an
increasing number of eateries are catering to more adventurous palates. Observers
said there is still plenty of room for the industry to grow as the
spending power of the Muslim community is going up. That is why more
businesses are keen to tap the global halal food market that is
estimated to be worth over $760 billion.

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British Muslim butchers fear supermarket chains

| 22/04/2008 | Reply
British Muslim butchers fear supermarket chains

The
British Muslim butchers fear that their survival is at stake at the
hands of the supermarket chains which have decided to market ‘halal’
meat.

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Myriad challenges of global image positioning

| 22/04/2008 | Reply
Myriad challenges of global image positioning

To
create a world-class image leadership mandate within any mega project
is to define, design and own a master blueprint and to possess the
tools necessary to scan the global landscape during its implementation. For this very reason, there are no major globally recognised brands to talk about, which have arisen out of Muslim countries.

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Increased corn imports to boost Halal market

| 22/04/2008 | Reply
Increased corn imports to boost Halal market

Mindanao
Business Council chair Vicente Lao said in an interview that one major
factor affecting the bid of the Philippines to be the prime exporter of
chicken with the Halal certification is the high price of corn in the
country today.


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MIHAS 2008 gets ready for takeoff

| 18/04/2008 | Reply
MIHAS 2008 gets ready for takeoff

As MIHAS gets ready for its 5th year, its is once again clear that this is the big event of the Halal expo calendar. The first mover advantage that was struggled for – against many odds – and gained by pioneering CEO Shukri Abdullah, has really made this KL-based trade show the top venue for all pro-active Halal industry stakeholders around the world. Expect around 500 booths, tens of thousands of traders, lots of Halal big-guns and a few hundred million in trade sales. Thats what I call a trade show. See you there!

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Local Companies Overlook Opportunities In Muslim Minority Markets

| 17/04/2008 | Reply
Local Companies Overlook Opportunities In Muslim Minority Markets

Manufacturers and service providers
have overlooked the opportunities that exist in Muslim minority markets
such as the European Union and the United States, MIHAS chief executive
officer Mohd Shukri Abdullah said Tuesday.

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Jakim Will Continue To Train Halal Industry Researchers, Says Abdullah

| 12/04/2008 | Reply
Jakim Will Continue To Train Halal Industry Researchers, Says Abdullah

The Malaysian Islamic Development
Department (Jakim) will continue to train officers handling research on
the halal industry, said Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi. He said they must know what are the matters that need to be
understood in determing whether a product is halal (permitted by Islam).

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Harrington Picks Malaysia As Hub To Boost Sales To Asia-Pacific And Mid-East Marts

| 12/04/2008 | Reply
Harrington Picks Malaysia As Hub To Boost Sales To Asia-Pacific And Mid-East Marts

Herbal products company, Harrington Pte London, has picked
Malaysia as its regional hub to boost the sales of its Virgin Dtox
London products to Asia-Pacific and Middle East markets.

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Incentives for Halal Parks

| 12/04/2008 | Reply
Incentives for Halal Parks

The Halal Industry Development Corporation (HDC) is expected to
announce incentives for the development of halal parks and products
during the World Halal Forum 2008 next month.

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Inn keeping with changing needs

| 10/04/2008 | Reply
Inn keeping with changing needs

A SWIFT drink down the local has taken on a new twist – at what is thought to be the country’s first Islamic ‘pub’. Reminiscent
of the 19th century temperance bars, the Halal Inn, on Featherstall
Road, Oldham is a public house which has most of the trappings of a
traditional British hostelry, but is missing what many would think is
the key ingredient – alcohol!
Owner Azizur Rahman and
business partner Muzahid Khan spotted a gap in the market and came up
with the idea to provide an alternative social gathering place for
local Muslims.

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MITI Pledges To Work With HDC To Grow Halal Industry

| 08/04/2008 | Reply
MITI Pledges To Work With HDC To Grow Halal Industry

The International Trade &
Industry Ministry (MITI) Monday pledged to work with Halal Industry
Development Corporation Sdn Bhd (HDC) to step up the pace of growth of
the industry to enable it to meet international demand. The Minister, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, said MITI accepts the
Cabinet’s decision for HDC to remain within the Prime Minister’s
department (JPM).

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Thailand aiming to be hub for halal food

| 07/04/2008 | Reply
Thailand aiming to be hub for halal food

Thailand will host the third Asia-Middle East Dialogue (AMED) in the
next two years as part of efforts to turn the Kingdom into a regional
hub for halal food. Ministers and senior officials from
50 countries and regional organisations from Asia and the Middle East
ended two days of dialogue in Egypt’s resort beach of Sharm El Sheikh
yesterday. AMED has already established a sub-working group on halal food to set standards for products and production.

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HDC Is Not To Take Over Jakim’s Authority, Says Ahmad Zahid

| 06/04/2008 | Reply
HDC Is Not To Take Over Jakim’s Authority, Says Ahmad Zahid

The Minister in the Prime Minister’s
Department Datuk Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said today the Halal Industry
Development Corporation Sdn Bhd (HDC), which has been entrusted by the
Cabinet to issue halal certificates, is not meant to take over the
Malaysian Islamic Development Department’s (Jakim) authority. “Instead, it was meant as a one-stop agency consisting of Jakim,
the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI), Halal Forum
and so on,” he told a press conference.

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Halal certification now under HDC

| 06/04/2008 | Reply
Halal certification now under HDC

The Cabinet has decided to transfer the function of halal
certification to Halal Industry Development Corporation Sdn Bhd (HDC)
from Jabatan Kemajuan Islam Malaysia (Jakim), Minister in the Prime
Minister’s Department Datuk Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said.

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