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World Halal Research Summit 2010 To Also Look At Services

News From : DagangHalal.com (18 Jun 2010)

KUALA LUMPUR, June 18 (Bernama) — The World Halal Research Summit 2010 next week is expected to attract up to 1,000 participants as researchers unveil innovations and industry players seek the latest technology while venture capitalists look out for possible investment.

Halal Industry Development Corporation (HDC) chief executive Datuk Seri Jamil Bidin said today the event, held from June 23 to 25 in conjunction with Halal Week, would not only focus on technologies for products but would also look into services such as healthcare, logistics and banking.

“Halal must be from end-to-end. It covers many sectors and is a value proposition that can be applied to many things,” he told reporters at a briefing on the summit here.

The event is expected to be opened by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak simultaneously with two other events, namely the World Halal Forum organised by Kaseh Dia Sdn Bhd and the Malaysia International Halal Showcase (MIHAS) organised by Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation (Matrade).

The Prime Minister’s wife, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, is expected to close the summit on June 25.

Among the speakers at the summit are Halal Products Research Institute director Profesor Dr Yaacob Che Man who will give an update on halal product authentication, and Pure Circle managing director Datuk Arshad Sehan who will speak on “Stevia: The Next Generation of Sweeteners”.

Others include Pajiens Antonius Franciscus Maria of Netherland who will talk on “Supercritical Fluid Application in Halal Industry” and Cradle Fund Sdn Bhd senior manager for strategy and initiatives, Ellynita Hazlina Lamin, whose focus is on “Sourcing and Securing Funding for Entrepreneurs”.

Jamil said the summit would also have its gala night on the June 23 whereby HDC would be giving the Halal Science Award to acknowledge the individual who has contributed significantly to the halal industry.

It would also be giving away a Halal Champion Award to four companies that have shown success in the halal business, namely in the sectors of food, cosmetics and personal care, livestocks and halal ingredients, he said.

He added that these firms which have received support previously are expected to contribute by creating vendor firms in order to have a multiplier effect in the industry.

The summit will also witness two memorandum of understanding (MoU) signing ceremony between HDC and Taylor’s College as well as Iran.

Jamil said although the corporation has collaborated with many government universities before, this was the first time it was addressing research and development at the tertiary level with a private college.

On the deal with the Iranian government, he said HDC could assist Iranian firms that are big in pharmaceuticals with the packaging and marketing, especially in exporting to the western countries.

The summit will also see the launch of HDC’s collaboration with DiGi Telecommunications Sdn Bhd on their I-Phone project.

— BERNAMA

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