KUALA LUMPUR: Halal Industry Development Corp Sdn Bhd (HDC) is building up its capabilities and is rolling out its programmes to further develop the halal industry.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said HDC aimed to protect the integrity of halal through an effective regulatory framework, comprehensive standards, efficient certification processes, and world-class research and development (R&D) and training facilities, he said.
HDC is also responsible for enhancing Malaysia's capacity in the production and trading of halal products and services as well as to develop further on branding, marketing and promotions for halal initiatives, he added.
Abdullah said this in his keynote address when opening the World Halal Forum 2007 yesterday.
At the event, HDC signed agreements with Microsoft (M) Sdn Bhd, CIMB Islamic Bank Bhd and Chulalongkorn University of Thailand.
Abdullah said HDC and Chulalongkorn University would work on the development of capacity-building programmes, R&D activities and harmonisation of halal standards.
The tie-up would embrace capacity building in human resources, including jointly developed business incubator and capacity development programmes that targeted small and medium enterprises in the halal industry, he added.
HDC chairman Tan Sri Dr Syed Jalaludin Syed Salim told a press conference the partnership with Microsoft was to develop Malaysian Halal Hub Open XML System a one-stop Internet portal for the global halal industry.
CIMB Islamic Bank executive director Badlisyah Abdul Ghani said the halal concept must be extended beyond the production of goods to investment and financial assistance.
He said only 5% of manufacturers in the country used Islamic banking.
The halal market now is very shallow and the integrity must go beyond producing goods.
If we manage to do this, we will create a more sustainable halal market economy, he said.
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