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More Halal Fairs Will Boost Growth Of Halal Industry, Says Rosmah | 25/06/2010
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KUALA LUMPUR, June 25 2010 (Bernama) -- Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, the Prime Minister's wife, believes more summits for the halal industry will help its growth and participants to keep abreast with new findings and technologies.

"Without a doubt, new products are developed every day whilst new product technologies are being used by industries to remain competitive in the global market.

"To remain as a leaders of the industry, we must remain ahead of the curve as far as trends and consumer patterns are concerned," she said at the closing of the third World Halal Research Summit 2010 here Friday.

Rosmah hoped that research and development efforts would continue to promote halal innovation for the benefit of the global Muslim community.

The government's serious commitment to developing the halal industry was underlined in the establishment of the Halal Industry Development Corporation (HDC) and the provision of grants and incentives to undertake research and development of halal products, she added.

"This is because these important endeavours will not only lead to the creation of niche market, but will also help to enhance the country's competitiveness in the global halal industry as well," she said.

She said the government had long recognised the importance of research and development in supporting long term competitiveness of industries generally in particular, halal industries.

"Since the relevant policies and institutional infrastructure are already in place to encourage R&D efforts, I strongly believe we should start leveraging upon emerging technologies such as biotechnology and nanotechnology to develop new products and improve the technology in halal food and non-food products processing," she said.

Meanwhile, HDC signed two memorandums of understanding during the summit.

The first was for HDC to provide Taylor's University College with halal training modules, said a HDC statement.

The second was sealed with Negereh Neguin Kish of Iran for Malaysian small and medium scale enterprises to access its distributor network and retail market in Iran and Commonwealth of Independent States of Russia.

The sectors involved are speciality processed foods, niche food, cosmetics, toiletries, personal care, herbal based products and other consumer items.

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