Thursday, December 29, 2011

Pakistan will host an International Conference on Halal Industry


Constituents from 14 countries are participating in this conference whereas Chief Minister – Govt. of Punjab, Mian Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif will inaugurate the conference


29-12-2011 
 (Lahore) An international conference for the promotion of Halal Industry is going to be held on 16 – 17 January, 2012 in Pearl Continent Hotel, Lahore in which constituents from 14 countries like Malaysia, China, America, Russia, South Africa, Mauritius, UK, and UAE etc. shall participate. The conference would be inaugurated by Chief Minister –Govt. of Punjab, Mian Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif. The conference is jointly organized by Halal Research Council and Agriculture & Meat Company (PAMCO), Govt. of Punjab. The purpose behind arranging this conference is to take international Halal Industry in confidence for the sake of promoting Pakistan’s Halal Market, which costs USD 3 trillion. Pakistan is an agricultural country and due to its excellent Livestock and 100% Halal Products, it has an opportunity to be introduced as a Halal Products leader, through which Foreign Exchange can be increased by minimizing the trade deficit of Pakistan, which is the basic need right now.
While throwing light upon this conference, Mr. Zubair Mughal, Chief Executive Officer, Halal Research Council said that Pakistan is the only country in which 100% Halal products and Meat is available, due to which Pakistan has a unique position in Halal Industry. By taking advantage of this, we can market our products in International market which values USD 3 trillion. He further added that in this conference, many topics like the importance of Halal Market, Halal Banking and Finance, Halal Industrial Estate, opportunities of International Investment in Pakistan, Halal Certification etc. would be discussed. The conference is being supported by 11 Halal bodies of Pakistan, Pakistan Chamber of Commerce, Trade associations and agricultural universities.

In this conference, His Eminence, Dr. Mustufa Ceric, The Grand Mufti, Bosnia, Kavilash Chawla, Managing Director, Nur Global Strategies, Chicago, U.S.A, Riad Parvez Hullemuth, Chief Executive Officer, Nile Plus, Mauritius, Dr. Haja sittie shayma zenaida p. Hadji raof laidan, Regional Director, Department/ Ministry of Science and Technology- XII, PHILIPPINES, Dr. Muhammed Munir Chaudry, Chief Executive Officer, IFANCA, USA, Dr. Rana Muhammad Ayyub, PhD. Scholar (Halal food Marketing), University of Hull, UK, Alaa Kamal, Regional Representative– Middle East, Islamic Services of America (I.S.A.), Dubai, Prof. Dr. Javaid A Awan, Country Director Pakistan, Islamic Food & Nutrition Council of America (IFANCA), USA, Dr. Winai Dahlan, Founder/Director, Halal Science Center, Thailand, Sarfraz Mohammad, Auditor, Halal Monitoring Committee, United Kingdom, Dr Kakha Nadiradze, President, Association for Farmers Rights Defense, AFRD, Georgia, Justice (R) Khalil ur Rehman, Shariah Advisor, AlBaraka Bank Pakistan Ltd. And Dr Hamid Jalil, Chief Executive Officer, Punjab Agriculture and Meat Company (PAMCO) Lahore – Pakistan would contribute their knowledge.

For further details: http://www.halalrc.org/halalconferece2012/

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

WHAT IS HALAL LOGISTICS?

 

Halal logistics is the process of managing the material flow and information flow throughout the supply chain in accordance to a halal standard. The material flow covers the transport, storage and terminal operations. The information flow covers the management of the data in the supply chain, such as product information, demand data, and halal logistics label and code. Halal logistics is a system based on segregation instead of detection.

 

Halal products are segregated from non-halal products to:

1. Avoid (cross) contamination

2. Avoid making mistakes

3. Ensure consistency with expectations of the Muslim consumer

LBB International, a multinational logistics advisory, research and supply chain management firm with offices in The Hague, Kuala Lumpur, and Bangkok, has developed expertise in the area of halal logistics and assisted governments and multinationals in developing halal-compliant supply chains.

The company holds the Secretariat of the International Halal Logistics Standard (IHI AS 01) under the International Halal Integrity Alliance (an OIC organization). In Malaysia, LBB has launched the internet portal halalStorage.com, an online marketplace for the demand and supply in halal storage. This portal facilitates in the search process for halal storage worldwide.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Halal industry should work with Islamic finance

KUALA LUMPUR: Despite the halal industry’s rapid growth, it is missing out on opportunities to tap into Islamic finance, panel members said.
“There is a disconnect between the halal industry and Islamic financing, which is ironic since we’re working within the same religion, but are not talking to each other,” said Thomson Reuters head of Islamic finance (Asia) Rafiza Ghazali at a discussion on “Halal Economy” during the Islamic Financial Intelligence Summit.
She said in a study conducted by Reuters on 250 companies involved in halal production and with a combined market capitalisation of US$132bil, it found that only 50% of them passed the Aofi test, which meant that they are not syariah-complaint.
The Aofi test was a screening criteria used by Reuters to determine the syariah compliancy of stocks, she said.
“Why is it that they (companies in halal production) make sure their products can be consumed by Muslims, yet Muslims cannot invest in them?” Rafiza asked.
Fellow panelist, AmIslamic Funds Management Malaysia director Datin Maznah Mahbob, said: “There are so many opportunities for those companies to issue sukuk, short-term papers, and longer-term Islamic debt instruments of various tenures for fund managers to invest in.
“As a fund management firm, we invest in both sukuk and equities. If they structure their funding requirements in a syariah-compliant way, we can invest in them as they will be in my syariah-complaint universe.”
In a separate panel discussing the potential of Islamic funds, Aberdeen Islamic Asset Management CEO Abdul Jalil Rasheed cautioned against the popular belief that Islamic funds can outperform conventional funds at every turn.
“We don’t go out there saying it will outperform. I’ll be honest, we will guarantee a period of underperformance; that’s just how the market is. If you are outperforming consistently, you’re lying. Something’s wrong,” he said.
“No Islamic fund can claim they have a five to ten year track record. It will take some time to build critical mass and before we can tell clients that this fund can stand on its own merit against conventional funds.”
source : the star online

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

‘Pakistan can tap global Halal food market’

FAISALABAD: Pakistan can become a leading Halal food market and tap two billion consumers worldwide if it meets international standards.

This was the key remark made by the speakers on the second day of an international conference titled “Emerging Issues in Food Safety” at University of Agriculture, Faisalabad on Tuesday.
Dr Nadeem Riaz, Research Scientist & Director of the A&M University, Texas called for standardisation of hazard analysis and critical control points in the country to make food purely Halal.
Hazard analysis and critical control points is a systematic preventive approach to food safety that addresses physical, chemical and biological hazards as a means of prevention rather than finished product inspection.
He also shed light on other factors including poor sanitation situation and use of washing soaps which contain non-Halal contents.
He said a transparent system of Halal auditing, not just mere inspection, is a welcome approach to remove any suspicion about a manufactured product.
Former justice Khalilur Rehman, who was the chief guest, stressed the need for developing a comprehensive mechanism to remove contamination in Halal goods.
He pinned hope on the Punjab Agriculture Meat Company, established by the provincial government, for addressing the issue of adulteration in Halal food.
Dr Tipayanate Ariyaptipan of Halal Science Centre, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok briefed about the combined laboratory techniques for screening adulterated food products available in the Thai Muslim market.
Published in The Express Tribune, November 16th,  2011.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

INDONESIA: MUI wary amid barrage of Chinese Halal food exports

Original Article Source: The Jakarta Post


The Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) confirms a sharp rise in Halal food products coming from China, but it remains sceptical over China’s Halal industry, which is presumed to still be in its developmental stages.
“The number of Halal products from China has increased by 50 to 100 percent since last year,” MUI Food and Drug Analysis Agency (LPPOM) chief Lukmanul Hakim told The Jakarta Post. He said that some of China’s Halal food exports — which far exceeded those from Europe and the US — came from Ningxia, a province known for its Muslim Hui ethnicity. Muslims in Ningxia account for around 38 percent of the province’s 6.3 million residents. The province recently announced it had developed a Halal industry to accommodate not just the needs of Chinese Muslims but also Muslims in other countries.
Ningxia’s Halal food commission said that the province had more than 10,000 factories and restaurants that were certified Halal. The region’s Halal industry, which is supported by a high tech laboratory, 15 experts and 300 staffers, was currently worth up to 50 million RMB (US$7.9 million). The commission added that the industry had been working with foreign counterparts since 2008, cooperating on a reciprocal basis with Halal institutions in Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Egypt and Malaysia, with Indonesia soon to join the mix.
Lukmanul acknowledged the booming development of China’s Halal industry, but said that the
LPPOM, acting as Indonesia’s Halal certification authority, did not see itself engaging in any Chinese cooperation in the near future. “They can cooperate with Malaysia and Saudi Arabia, but here we pay great attention to standards and human resource competency. It is not just a matter of issuing a certificate.”
According to Lukmanul, establishing cooperation with foreign Halal institutions meant agreeing to the validity of their certification systems and trusting their assessments of products to be exported to Indonesia.
The LPPOM has so far approved the Halal certification of 46 overseas institutions from 22 countries including the US, Australia, New Zealand, Brazil and the Netherlands. For all its Halal exports to Indonesia, China did not make the list.
“We are not yet able to approve their Halal certification, partly because of their political situation,” Lukmanul said.
He explained that the MUI had to consider China’s trade policy. He said that given the country’s dominance and pragmatic approach in the politics of trade, China could be inclined to sacrifice Halal aspects in favour of economic efficiency.
“China knows that the [Halal] market is here. They are willing to follow any foreign standards as long as they succeed in getting into the country. The MUI has to decide what is best, and, for the moment, our hearts are telling us no,” he said.
Lukmanul believed that China’s surge in Halal product exports — including those to Indonesia — was more of a reflection of its economic sensibilities than its Muslim growth.
Therefore, the MUI decided that it was best to take on the responsibility of assessing Chinese Halal products independently rather than leaving it up to a local institution.
“We have to make sure that they are really Halal,” he said.
As of the first eight months of this year, Indonesia’s non-oil and gas imports from China reached $16.4 billion, up by 27 percent compared to last year, making a total trade deficit of $3.55 billion.

PAKISTAN: Int’l moot on promotion of Halal meat


Original Article Source: The Jakarta Post

http://www.halalrc.org/ An international conference on promotion of “Halal Meat” will be held on December 14-15 in the city. Delegates from 16 countries will participate in the conference aimed at introducing Pakistani Halal products all over the world. Pakistan Agriculture and Meat Company (PAMCO) Chief Executive Officer Dr Hamid Jalil explaining the objectives of the conference, told newsmen that it would be a unique moot which included practical aspects of learning. He said it had been divided into two segments, on first day, the researchers would present their papers while the second day allocated for field visits. These visits include a State of the Art facility set-up by PAMCO costing $300 million with the cooperation of Iran, M-3 Halal Industrial Park at Faisalabad, National Institute of Food and Technology (NIFT), University of Agriculture, Faisalabad and a Halal Laboratory set-up at University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (UVAS) Lahore so that the delegation from different countries may see the actual research work.
Dr Hamid said that the objective of PAMCO was to promote Halal Industry through developing Agriculture and Livestock sectors. He further informed that Pakistani products were respected all over the world for being Halal, on which their demand was increasing day by day. Keeping this in view, PAMCO is strengthening contact with many international institutions, and two further contracts were expected to be signed at the conference. Mr Zubair Mughal, the CEO- Halal Research Council, added that the conference would provide a great opportunity for Pakistani FMCG sector to get them recognized in the int’l market, which would help to boost the exports from Pak and enabling the reduction of budget deficit of Pak.

UNITED KINGDOM: Pure Halal Beauty

With all the talk of cuts and recession it’s good to hear that the pioneering spirit is still with us. Not letting the current economic climate get in the way of a good idea, 20 year old Rose Brown set up a rather unique business venture and opened the first store of its kind in the UK.
Pure Halal Beauty, a store dedicated solely to Halal Certified and Vegan Registered beauty products, opened its doors last Christmas in Birmingham’s Pavilions Shopping Centre. Now less than a year after opening the business is booming. Rose’s dedication to providing the best Halal Certified beauty products has led her to create her own range “The PHB Collection.” Her collection has nearly 80 unique cosmetic and skincare products and is hand-made in the UK using the finest, all natural ingredients and eco-friendly packaging.  Rose says the response to her new range has been overwhelming, “People have been really positive. I have had support and encouragement from around the country (through our website) from people who are so happy to have found us. Muslims, vegans and vegetarians love our products because they don’t conflict with their personal and religious beliefs. Our products also appeal to the conscious consumer who's looking for chemical-free beauty products. People who want to use natural, ethical and beneficial beauty products are always so pleased with our phenomenal range as well as our extremely affordable prices!”

As well as launching her PHB Collection, Rose has teamed up with City College Birmingham to offer apprenticeships to young students. “This time last year I was a student myself so I understand how difficult it is for young people trying to find work. I’m really pleased to be able to offer students the opportunity to gain vital work experience with Pure Halal Beauty.” While many people would baulk at the idea of setting up a business in the current climate Rose welcomes the challenge, “Some people think I’m crazy(!) but I have great belief in the products I’m selling and the prospects for expansion are looking very promising.”

"Pure Halal Beauty - Where Beauty and Belief Co-exist" .The new PHB ranges are available to customers worldwide at http://www.purehalalbeauty.com/ and in-store at Level 2, The Pavilions Shopping Centre, Birmingham, UK.

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Allow More Bodies To Undertake Halal Certification, Says SMI Association

 (14 Nov 2011The appointment of the Department of Islamic Development Malaysia (JAKIM) as the sole halal certification body from Jan 1, 2012 will affect the food and manufacturing industry, says SMI Association of Malaysia.
Its national deputy president, Teh Kee Sin, said the government needed to look into the possibility of allowing more bodies to undertake the certification job.
"Currently, Malaysia has seven international halal certification bodies (including JAKIM). Next year, there would be only one and we are worried about this monopoly.
"At present, JAKIM already faced problems regarding the application and renewal of the licences. I guess this may even take a longer time (to solve)," he told a media briefing here today.
They hoped that the government would delay allowing JAKIM to take over the job on Jan 1 to sort out the problem via calling for more dialogues with the industry.
Also present were president of Malaysian Bakery, Biscuit, Confectionery and Mee Merchants' Association, Kent Lim and president of Malaysian Seafood Industries Association, Lee Teck Wee.
Meanwhile, president of Malaysian Foodstuffs and Toys Merchant's Association, David Yeow Kock Tiong, said JAKIM must standardise the issuance of the halal certificates in the states.
He said JAKIM's guidelines must be business-friendly and transparent.
"Halal industry is very important to the economy and the government should be more pro-business," he said.
Source: BERNAMA
Ref: http://www.daganghalal.com/HalalNews/HalalNewsDtl.aspx?id=1914
Canada: Coffee is the newest battleground for fast food giants
Filed in Branding & Marketing, Canada, Restaurants, The Americas on 12/11/2011 with no comments
By Steve Mertl

There’s some irony in news that McDonald’s and Tim Hortons are jumping into the high-end coffee business.

Starbucks, the omni-present purveyor of lattes and espressos was probably most responsible for raising the bar on what constitutes good coffee. But with a Starbucks practically on every corner, it’s become the McDonald’s of coffee in some people’s minds, a mega corporation whose core product is getting mediocre reviews.

But what a lot of us aren’t prepared to admit is the Seattle-based company changed the way we view our daily jolt. The evidence is in the fact two of Canada’s biggest fast-food chains are moving into what the Toronto Star notes is a a $1-billion annual market.

Tim Hortons, home of the double-double, has announced it will install espresso machines in a thousand of its locations this month.

McDonald’s which had already upgraded its brewed coffee and bolstered it with free promotions, launched a national media campaign for its McCafe espresso brand.

“This is no longer fast food. ” McDonald’s Canada president John Betts told the Star this week. “This is great food served fast.”

Tim’s, the country’s biggest fast-food chain, expects to have espresso machines in 2,500 of its 3,000 locations by mid-December. McDonalds is installing the McCafe setup in its 1,400 Canadian locations as part of a billion-dollar makeover.

Both plan to undercut Starbucks, with Tim’s offering 10-ounce espresso-based drinks starting at $2, while McDonald’s will charge $2.29, compared with $3.52 at Starbucks.

McDonald’s is backing its effort with a major ad campaign that includes coupons for a free espresso mailed to almost every Canadian home.

The key to the expansion of espresso drinks has been the evolution in the way they’re made. Espresso was once limited to exotic little coffee bars and Italian restaurants, prepared with big, shiny machines that hissed steam.

Starbucks popularized espresso drinks and their baristas manually made lattes and cappuccinos to order, even if the espresso itself was no longer hand-pressed. But new espresso machines are largely automated in preparing all drinks, making them viable for fast food restaurants.

The brewed-coffee landscape is also changing. Wendy’s is introducing a new custom-roast, freshly ground brew at about 100 Canadian locations, the Globe and Mail reports.

In fact, a Globe blind taste test by a panel of coffee experts ranked Wendy’s Redhead Roasters Coffee ahead of McDonald’s, Tim Hortons and Starbucks. The endorsement of Wendy’s coffee was half-hearted but Starbucks’ brew got roasted, so to speak, with terms such as bitter, burnt toast and charred.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Pakistan: International Halal Conference & Expo

Nov 11, 2011 – For the promotion of Halal Industry all over the world an International Conference is being organized on 14- 15 December, 2011 in Lahore. The delegated from 16 countries are participating in the conference with the object to introduce Pakistani halal products to the rest of the world, thereby boosting the exports of Pakistan.
Pakistan happens to be such a country, as top in the world where only Halal products can be produces the entire meat, dairy products and other industries in Food manufacturing are all dependent upon halal ingredients, which enable Pakistan an easy access to the 3trillian dollars halal global market.

Dr. Hamid Jalil the Chief Executive Officer of Pakistan Agriculture and Meat Company (PAMCO) under the Government of Punjab, while explaining the objectives of the conference informed that it will be one of the unique type of Conference which will includes the practical aspects of the learning, for which it has been divided into two segments. On the first day the researchers will present their papers based on the research while the second day has been allocated to field visits and on site demonstrations. These visits include a State of the Art facility set-up by PAMCO costing $300 million with the co-operation from Iran, M-3 Halal Industrial Park at Faisalabad, National Institute of Food and Technology (NIFT), University of Agriculture, Faisalabad and a Halal Laboratory set-up at University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (UVAS), Lahore so that that the delegated fro different countries may see the actual research work through these visits.

Dr Hamid said that the objective of PAMCO is to promote Halal Industry through developing Agriculture and Livestock sectors. He further informed that Pakistani products are respected all over the world for being halal the demand for which is increasing day by day. Keeping this in view, PAMCO is strengthening contact with many international institutions, and two further contracts are expected to be signed at the conference.

Mr Zubair Mughal, the Chief Executive Officer – Halal Research Council, added that the conference will provide a great opportunity for Pakistani FMCG sector to get them recognized in the international market, which will help boost the exports from Pakistan and enabling the reduction of budget deficit of Pakistan.

USA: AMCC Spotlights Growing Muslim Market

Savvy marketers are constantly working to stay leading edge — keeping a pulse on consumer trends such as shifting demographics, evolving purchase behaviors and assessing lifestyles and life stages to best identify how their brands can fit into a variety of consumers’ lives. One consumer group that is gaining more attention among multicultural marketing experts is American Muslim consumers.

This group, numbering between six and eight million in the U.S., represents billions in disposable spending power – yet is perhaps the most underserved market in America. The third annual American Muslim Consumer Conference (AMCC), which took place on Oct. 29 in New Brunswick, N.J., addressed the opportunity for companies to reach out to this growing group of consumers.

When marketed to effectively, Muslim consumers remarkably champion brands and provide consistent and continued results, as evidenced by several of the success stories shared during the conference about companies such as Saffron Road Foods and Whole Foods Market. Muslims want brands and retailers to engage with them and say they are willing to open their wallets to those who do.

Consistent with last year’s conference, the AMCC drew both mainstream and Muslim-owned companies and organizations from Wal-Mart, Best Buy and Thomson Reuters to IFANCA, Noor Pharmaceuticals and Modern Eid. This year’s theme, “Multiculturalism & the American Muslim Consumer Market,” addressed the diversity within the Muslim market as it includes a variety of ethnic backgrounds, cultures and lifestyles.

As highlighted in the new book, Marketing to the New Majority, published by leading international research firm Millward Brown, American demographics are changing significantly, and if companies want to survive, they will need to think differently about how they reach various communities, such as Muslims, within our multicultural society.

Many Muslim market experts agree that missing the Muslim market today would be like missing the Hispanic market in the ’90s. For companies in the U.S. that are interested in tapping into the lucrative and loyal Muslim consumer market, the AMCC is a must-attend event. Millions of consumers are waiting for companies to acknowledge and engage with them. As companies are currently planning for the upcoming new fiscal year, how will your brand’s multicultural marketing efforts reach Muslim consumers in 2012?

Australia: Jordanian princess pushes for live export restrictions

A member of Jordan’s royal family is urging the Australian Government to demand higher standards of its live export customers in the Middle East.

Princess Alia Al Hussein says Australia should refuse to export sheep and cattle to any market where stunning is not used before slaughter.

With financial support from the Australian Government and advice from animal advocacy charity Animals Australia, the Princess Alia Foundation has introduced stunning for more than 80 per cent of all livestock slaughtered in Jordan.

The foundation’s goal is a 100 per cent take-up of the Australian standard where animals are stunned with an electric charge or percussive blow to make them unconscious before their throats are cut.

Princess Alia says an Islamic fatwa supporting this method was issued in the 1960s and she believes the practice should be mandatory across the Middle East, where Australia will export 2.6 million sheep and about 200,000 cattle this year.

“I think you do have a right to demand that the creatures you have raised are treated in the right way and especially when it is possible, it is feasible and it’s not that hard to do,” Princess Alia said.

She says Australian chilled and frozen meat is widely imported across the region and is accepted by religious authorities as halal or compliant with Islamic sharia law.

“In Islam halal it’s also about how you treat the animal. You are supposed to lead it to death in a kind way, in a beautiful way,” Princess Alia said.

“So it may sound like an oxymoron but you’re actually supposed to treat it in a good way the whole way along the process, so it’s not just about killing it quickly it’s about not beating it, not stressing it.”

After Animals Australia and ABC TV’s Four Corners program exposed cruel practices in Indonesian abattoirs this year, the Australian Government announced new guidelines last month for the billion-dollar-a-year live export industry.

The blueprint demands compliance in all destination markets with standards set by the OIE, the World Organisation for Animal Health.

It will also require markets to ensure supply chain traceability to approved slaughtering facilities by the end of next year, but falls short of requiring stunning, which is not necessary under the OIE guidelines.

Meat and Livestock Australia’s livestock services manager for the Middle East Peter Dundon says Australian importers will instead try to encourage stunning in the region.

“Stunning is a matter for the importing country government, religious authorities and the importer,” says Mr Dundon.

The chairman of the Bahrain Livestock Company, Ebrahim Zainl, says Australia’s more diplomatic approach has a greater chance of success.

“Stunning is something new to this part of the world and unless it is made as gradual steps [it] could have some sort of negative reaction from the public,” he said.

“And it would not be to the interest of the Australian trade as a whole because people could consider that this is enforcing something which is not acceptable to the public.”

But Animals Australia advocate Lyn White says it is a missed opportunity by Australia to use its commercial leverage to enforce the more humane standard.

“We’ve seen in Indonesia in the past six months that we’ve gone from two to five facilities starting (stunning) to now 70 facilities by the end of the year,” she said.

“That’s because they were concerned at losing their supply of Australian animals, so there is real commercial leverage there and certainly the opportunity was there, and we’re disappointed that it hasn’t been taken.”

Ms White is hopeful that a bill expected to be introduced to Federal Parliament this month by Tasmanian independent Andrew Wilkie may still achieve a more humane outcome.

If passed, the law would require mandatory stunning in all Australian live export markets.

“We believe there’s considerable support amongst the Coalition and the ALP for stunning in importing markets,” says Ms White.

“You know there is considerable concern about live animal export and the community is not going to accept animals being sent to countries where they are not stunned before slaughter.”

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Press Release

Kazakhstan is the central hub of Islamic finance for CIS countries: Zubair Mughal
International Islamic financial Institutions are ready for doing investment in Kazakhstan

(Lahore/Kazakhstan, 24th September, 11) They are many chances of investment in Kazakhstan regarding International Islamic Banking and financial institutions are in looking on different options for investments in Kazakhstan because the world sees the Kazakhstan a central hub for Islamic banking and finance for CIS countries. These are the views of Muhammad Zubair Mughal the Chief executive officer of Al-HUDA centre of Islamic banking and economics, which he expressed in his speech in the International finance forum that is held in the Astana the capital of Kazakhstan in this week. In which the Finance minister Mr. Zhamishev Bolat of republic of Kazakhstan, the vice member of the chancellor of Prime Minister Mr. Tolevkhanov Dauren, the member of the area of department of strategic progress and research of President Administration Mr. Sadvawasov Darmen, the senator of the Kazakhstan Parliament Mr. Yensegenov Sarsenbag, the chairman of the committee of national bank of republic of Kazakhstan Mr. Nurpeissov Darkhan, the executive director of Zakat fund Mr. Alpysbay Edige and include International experts. The theme of the conference was to make fruitful plan and procedures for the development and expansion of Islamic finance in Kazakhstan.
By addressing to the forum, Mr. Muhammad Zubair Mughal presented the origin and starting of Islamic banking and finance in Pakistan in the form of case study that how Pakistan make fast success in Islamic banking in a short period of time. They said that Kazakhstan while doing Islamic banking and Sukuk should also utilize and use the Takaful, Islamic fund, Islamic microfinance and Islamic Reits side by side and for the development of infrastructure the government and Kazakhstan should issue Sukuk in International market so that the Kazakhstan is recognized as the Islamic Financial state in the international market.
He said Kazakhstan is one of the ninth biggest countries of world which holds the 70% population of Muslims from the 16.5 million populations, that is the sign of huge market of Islamic banking and finance. Due to which by making the Kazakhstan the model of Islamic Finance for the rest of CIS countries so that the implementation of Islamic banks and finance their can easily be done. Especially in Central Asian countries because there the population of Muslims is very much huge like Kazakhstan 70%, Uzbekistan 97%, Azerbaijan 99%, Turkmenistan 94%, Kyrgyzstan 86%, Tajikistan 84% is Muslim population. That is the clear sign of the progress and demand of Islamic banking there.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

An Agreement for a Halal Industrial Park between Halal Research Council and FIEDMS Formal Annoucement to Establish the M3 Halal Industrial Park in Pakistan for the Development of Halal Industry.

August 17, 2011: (Lahore)

An MOU ceremony between Halal Reserch Concil (HRC) and Faisalabad Industrial Estate Development (FIEDMC) was held at the Head office of FIEDMC, Faislaabd. The MOU was signed by Mr. Muhammad Zubair Mughal Chief Executive Office of Halal Research Counicl and Khawaja Asim Khursheed, Chairman FIEDMC. Additionally, Mr. Hamid Sheikh Seceretry Livestock and Dairy Development Govt. of Punjab, Naseeb Saifi chairman Halal Meat Export Committee, Brigadier Ahmad Raza Siddique COO, FIEDMC Amir Saleemi Head of Marketing and Sales, Syed Zubair Qutab Manager Strategic Planning Halal Research Council and the Board Members of FIEDMC and a number of industrialists attended the ceremony. Under the MOU, Halal Research Counicl will provide guidance regarding technical, halal certification, training and international communication to the M3 Halal Industrial Estate in Faisalabad.
While addressing, Khawaja Asim Khurheed Chairman FIEDMC declared the MOU as an important breakthrough for the Halal Industrial Park. He officially annouced the M3 Halal Industrial Park in Pakistan situated at M3 motorway. This developed Industrial Estate has facilities of modern roads, Power stations, modern Sewearge system, Fire brigade, Run way, Helipad, Labour colony etc. Furthermore, he stated that Halal Industrial Park will help Pakistan’s Food, Livestock and Meat market to flourish and will also provide with good export market.
Mr. Hamid Yaqoob Sheikh (Secretry Livestock and Dairy Development) said that Halal Park has given a value addiation to the Pakistan’s Halal Meat. He further added that Govt. of Punjab is continously working for the developemnt of Halal Industry and in this regard a brief action plan is in process.
While adressing at the occassion, Muhammad Zubair Mughal Chief Executive Officer Halal Research Council stated that Halal edible products are gaining popularity rapidly. The market for Halal food is not only limited to 1.9 Billion Muslims but it is also liked by the Non-Muslims who believed Halal Food as hygenic, pure and a best food product. He enlightened the importance of Pakistan’s First Halal Park by giving the brief analysis of Halal Parks of Malaysis, Yamin, Middle-East, U.K. and Russia. He argued that geographically it is located at key strategic location and from here we can easliy export Halal Products to Middle East, Africa, Far East and Europe. This will help to flourish the Industrail sector of Pakistan and thereby decresing the Trade defict of country.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Bangladesh gets go-ahead to export halal food

(Reuters) – Bangladesh will soon start exporting halal food after Malaysia’s Department of Islamic Development approved the Islamic Foundation Bangladesh (IFB) as a halal certification body, a business leader said on Saturday.

“It is good news for us as we have been pursuing for such an approval authority in Bangladesh,” said Syed Moazzam Hossain, president of Bangladesh-Malaysia Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

He told Reuters that Malaysia’s Department of Islamic Development had also included it in the list of halal certification bodies worldwide, meaning Bangladesh could take a slice of the $661 billion global market for halal food, which is prepared following Islamic dietary laws and regulations.

World Halal Forum data shows the halal food market has grown fast over the past decade and is now worth an estimated $661.6 billion a year, representing almost 17 percent of the global food industry.

Jalal Ahmed, vice chairman of the state-run Bangladesh Export Promotion Bureau , said Bangladesh could earn a huge amount of foreign currency from halal food exports.

The largest contributors to the halal food market in Asia are Indonesia, China, India, Malaysia, and the Gulf Cooperation Council members including the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Qatar, and Kuwait.

Jalal said that five Bangladeshi companies who had already received orders from abroad to supply halal food so far had not been able to export due to the lack of certification.

Moazzam said some companies had already signed contracts with Malaysian importers to supply halal food. (Reporting by Serajul Islam Quadir)

Ref: http://halalfocus.net/2011/07/09/bangladesh-gets-go-ahead-to-export-halal-food/

Friday, June 17, 2011

UK: New Halal meat group formed

Mohammed Akram Gill (Director of Pak Mecca Meats Birmingham) and the chairman of Association of Non-Stun Abattoirs Ltd, said “This was long overdue the non-stun halal industry was without a voice.

“The lack of industry leadership and cooperation, especially given the state of the current economy the association aims to create and raise awareness of the halal industry according to the teaching of the Quran and the prophetic tradition.

Speaking at the Paragon Hotel Birmingham Ghulam Mustaffa (Premier Halal Meat), said “This is good news for Muslim consumers especially Muslim House wife’s. The ANSA logo will give them assurance that the meat they will be consuming is truly halal and is ritually halal slaughtered according to Islamic principles”.

Ejaz Najib (Director M. Najab and sons) Vice Chair said ”The halal word is most misused word in the UK for labeling of meat and poultry, ANSA will be able to offer cleans and wholesome product that the Muslims community wants”.

The non political and not for profit organization aims to act as a voice for the Non-Stun Halal Abattoirs and to create a better understanding of halal meat industry throughout the supply chain right down to the consumers.

The Association aims to build confidence amongst the UK Muslim population on English Halal meat industry by doing this it will open up the halal trade for export further improving the British economy.

The association welcomes the new legislation where all non stun meat will have to display a three-step label describing the animal’s country of birth, upbringing, and slaughter.

Ref: http://halalfocus.net/2011/06/16/uk-new-halal-meat-group-formed/

Bengal Meat basks in halal boom

Bengal Meat Processing Industries, an internationally certified meat producer and exporter, expects to ring up Tk 400 million in overseas sales this year by doubling its halal meat export.

The company was recently awarded halal certification by the Department of Islamic Development, Malaysia (JAKIM), which allows it to export processed meat to any halal market around the world.

"We now export 1000 tonnes meat a year and our target is to make 5000 tonnes by 2012," Mazharul Islam, managing director of Bengal Meat, told the FE in an interview.

He said they exported processed meat worth Tk 200 million last year.

The export market is confined to a few Middle Eastern countries like Kuwait, UAE and Saudi Arabia for the last seven years, mainly targetting expatriate Bangladeshis and other ethnic Muslims in those countries, only adding Malaysia to the list this year.

Dato Tan Lian Hoe, deputy minister for trade of Malaysia, welcomed the Bangladeshi meat processing company, which has achieved the certification of her country during the opening ceremony of a three-day Malaysian trade fair in the city.

She also visited the Bengal Meat factory at Pabna further facilitating the entry of Bangladeshi halal processed meat to the Malaysian market.

Mr Islam said that his factory, the only ISO certified meat processing company, can be compared with any international standard factory but stressed the government's effort to ensure certain issues for the development of meat processing industry in Bangladesh.

"The process of entering the Malaysian market began almost two and half years ago. We as a factory had no problem to be approved by any country but the government must ensure animal health management, disease control and disease free zone to promote Bangladesh as a meat exporting country," he said.

Although Bangladesh has the 7th largest cattle population in the world, it has one of the lowest per capita meat consumption.

"Generally, a person should intake 100 to 110 gm of protein. In Bangladesh, the per capita meat consumption is 12 gm," Mr. Islam added.

He said about 10,000 cows are producing about 1000 tonnes of meat and 40,000 goats producing about 300 tonnes are slaughtered everyday in the country.

He added the per capita meat consumption is bound to increase as the per capita income increases.

Bangladesh has to ensure the importing countries that the meat exported does not contain any hazardous elements and germs, said Mr Islam, adding "it requires an international testing lab."

The government earlier had a plan to form a high-profile committee to recommend ways to establish a board for certification for halal foods after repeated appeals from processed food exporters and setting up of a testing lab which is yet to see light.

Mr Islam said the most important thing for the growth of this sector is backward linkage and ensuring quality cattle raising to be an internationally approved meat exporting country.

He said developed countries like Australia and New Zealand have turned around their economy by harvesting the huge potential of their dairy farm sector, which also can be a prospective industry for Bangladesh too by having the right attitude towards the sector.

"The economy of Bangladesh is based on agriculture and cattle raising. People now just to learn the process of raising quality cattle and policy to make the sector commercially viable," he added.

Ref: http://www.thefinancialexpress-bd.com/more.php?news_id=139410&date=2011-06-16

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Italy: First ‘Halal’ firm to supply restaurants and canteens

Italy’s first-ever ‘halal’ supplier has opened for business in Italy’s northern city of Bologna, selling meals prepared according to Islamic principles to restaurants and canteens in Italy and abroad.

“Integration is also being able to eat as one should and to be at peace with God,” Hamza Piccardo, told Adnkronos International (AKI).

Piccardo, an Italian convert to Islam, is the director of the ‘Tre Alfieri Halal’, which is based in Bologna, a renowned gastronomic centre. “Our new company wants to be a triumph of integration: to combine Italy’s great cuisine and Islam’s rules without losing the flavours of the former and the spiritual rigour of the latter,” he said.

Piccardo believes the company’s ‘halal’ meals, which already include a range of pasta dishes and risottos, will appeal to Muslims and non-Muslims alike. Besides restaurants and canteens ‘Tre Alfieri Halal’ will also supply caterers .

“This is a genuine alternative to fast food, which compromises quality and flavour, and to elitist and costly ’slow food’, which is hard to reconcile with the pace of modern living,” Piccardo said.

Ref: http://halalfocus.net/2011/05/21/italy-first-halal-firm-to-supply-restaurants-and-canteens/

Monday, May 16, 2011

Pakistan: MoU signed with Malaysia for meat exports

Lahore - A memorandum of understanding has been signed between the Punjab government and Peneng State Government Malaysia regarding cooperation in halal industry at Chief Minister’s Secretariat here on Saturday.
Chief Executive Officer Lahore Meat Company Dr Hamid Jalil on behalf of Punjab government and Minister for Religious Affairs and Chairman Halal Industry Development Peneng State Government, Haji Abdul Maalik Qaseem on behalf of Malaysian government signed the MoU. Punj

ab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif, Minister Agriculture Ahmad Ali Aulakh, Members Provincial Assembly, Chairman Planning & Development, Commissioner Lahore, Chairman Special Initiatives, Vice Chairman Punjab Investment Board and officers concerned were present on the occasion. According to the agreement, Peneng State Government Malaysia will work jointly with Punjab Meat Company for setting up of Halal Industrial park in Punjab, training programme, international certification and export of halal products from Pakistan.
Speaking on this occasion, the CM said Malaysia was a brotherly Islamic country and the agreement between Peneng State Government Malaysia and Punjab government with regard to promotion of halal industry was a good omen. He said there was a big scope of exporting halal meat from Punjab to international market and Punjab government was taking solid steps in that regard. He said a state-of-the-art slaughter house was also being established in Lahore with the cooperation of Iran whereas for the first time in the history of the country, halal meat had been exported to Malaysia. “The Punjab government is also working on the project of certification of halal meat so that it could be exported to Middle East, Malaysia and other countries from Punjab as per international standard,” he said, adding that the government would work for the uplift of halal meat industry with the cooperation of Peneng State Government, Malaysia, and directed Dr. Hamid Jalil to take further steps in that regard.
Ref: http://halalfocus.net/2011/05/15/pakistan-mou-signed-with-malaysia-for-meat-exports/

Pakistan can help China tap over a trillion dollar Halal Food Market

Islamabad: A top official has said that China is developing one of the biggest economic zones in the world which will also benefit Pakistan’s economy.

Deputy DG of Standing Committee of the People’s Congress of Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, Muhametmin Yashen (Muhammad Amin Yasin) said this while speaking to business community at the residence of Raza Khan, Chairman Coordination FPCCI.

Yashen said that in west we have economic powerhouse like Shenzhen and in east we have Kashi (Kashgar) Special Economic Zone in just few hundred kilometres from Pakistan’s border.

Flanked with Deputy Chief of Mission, Chinese Embassy Huang Xilian and other officials, he said that they are organising first ever China Asia-Europe Expo in Urumqi scheduled Sept 1-5. He called upon business community to participate in the fair.

Yashen, who is leading a 50-member delegation, said that Kashi economic zone will bring prosperity to the whole region while expo will provide an interaction opportunity.

At the occasion Raza Khan said Chinese investors should explore opportunities in sectors like finance, banking, power, alternative energy, IT, engineering goods, textile machinery, agriculture, agro-based industry, food, fruit processing, packaging, livestock, dairy farming and real estate sectors. He said that Pakistan can help China in its plans to tap the vast potential of export market of Islamic countries.

Raza Khan demanded special packages and incentives for Pakistani business community in the Kashi Special Economic Zone.

Ref: http://halalfocus.net/2011/05/13/pakistan-can-help-china-tap-over-a-trillion-dollar-halal-food-market/

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

MoU Signing Between Halal Research Council Pakistan and Halal Council of Mauritius


The MoU is signed between Halal Research Council and Halal Council, Jummah Mosque of Mauritius for the promotion of Halal industry, research and education and for the export of Halal goods to Mauritius. The momentous signing ceremony was held in Quartre Borne Mauritius and Mr. Zubair Mughal Chief Executive Officer, Halal Research Council and Nisar Ahmed Ramtoola President, Jummah Mosque, Mauritius signed the MoU. Major General (Retd.) Muhammad Siddique, High Commissioner for Pakistan, Cassam Uteem Ex-President, Mauritius, Muhammad Shakeel, Minister of Labor and Industrial Relations Mauritius, Iqbal Belath Governor, Bank of Mauritius, Sunil Benimadhu, Chief Executive, Stock Exchange of Mauritius, Raffick Nabee Mohammad, AlBarakah, MPCS and well known personalities and many others participated in this ceremony.

Major General (Retd.) Muhammad Saiddique- Commissioner for Pakistan while addressing the audience said that there is enough room available for the Halal market promotion between Pakistan and Mauritius and Pakistan can play a vital role in the development of this Halal industry. He added that the volume of Halal market is 2.3 Trillion Dollars at this moment which includes Halal food, Halal banking and finance, Halal tourism, Halal cosmetics and Halal logistics etc. He said that there are deep friendly relations found between both countries and Pakistan is providing resources in the fields of education, banking etc to Mauritius.

Muh. Zubair Mughal, Chief executive Officer, Halal Research Council, Pakistan said that it will provide excess to Pakistan Halal goods in Mauritius markets which include Halal meat, grains, Halal spices juices and many other goods. He further said that there are ample opportunities available for Halal tourism in Mauritius. Nissar Ahmed Ramtoola President, Jummah Mosque, Mauritius appreciated this MoU and both countries will utilize the opportunities of the development of Halal industry.

It is to be noted that Jummah Mosque, Mauritius is a historical mosque of the country that was built in 1850 and 125 mosques of Mauritius are directly affiliated with it that is working for the promotion of Islam in the country.

Plan to label ritually slaughtered meat angers religious groups

Consumers could be told whether the meat they buy comes from animals that have not been stunned before slaughter, following a move in the European parliament.

MEPs on the food safety committee voted on Tuesday to back amendments to a food labelling bill that would see the mandatory inclusion of labels stating “meat from slaughter without stunning” on relevant food products.

The proposals, which go before the European parliament in July, target meat slaughtered using ritual techniques like those employed by Jewish shechita and Muslim halal butchers.

Animals killed by the shechita technique are not stunned before having their throats cut and blood drained out. Halal meat is slaughtered using a similar technique, although research by the British Veterinary Association suggests 80% of halal meat is stunned before slaughter.

Religious groups have expressed anger at the proposals. A Jewish campaign group, Shechita UK, controversially claimed the measure was the “21st-century equivalent of the yellow star, but on our food”. “This amendment does nothing to improve animal welfare, fails to fully inform consumers and is clearly discriminatory by design,” said Henry Grunwald, spokesman for the group.

His comments were attacked by the British Humanist Association. “To compare the proper labelling of meat from religious slaughter methods with the Nazi requirement for all Jews to wear yellow Stars of David is grotesque and false,” said Naomi Phillips, its head of public affairs. “Giving consumers the information to make ethical choices about the meat they buy through labelling does not prevent Jews who wish to from buying kosher meat.”

Scottish Conservative MEP Struan Stevenson, who introduced the amendments to the bill, had originally suggested the labels should record whether meat was halal or shechita. But he opted for the “non-stunned” label after representations from religious groups.

Stevenson insisted his proposals were born from “animal welfare concerns, not by anything to do with religion“. Stevenson said: “A very significant quantity of meat finding its way onto our shelves and tables has been slaughtered by this method and we’re not aware of it. The public have a right to know.”

The UK government has signalled it opposes the proposals, which, to become law, also need to be endorsed by the council of ministers, the body comprised of representatives of governments drawn from each of the EU’s 27 member states.
Reference: http://halalfocus.net/2011/04/24/plan-to-label-ritually-slaughtered-meat-angers-religious-groups/