Minister of Foreign Affairs of Maldives, Abdulla Shahid … More.. about Brunei To Help Maldives Establish Halal Science Lab
Minister of Foreign Affairs of Maldives, Abdulla Shahid Minister on Saturday requested Brunei to help establish a halal science laboratory in the Maldives.
The minister requested a meeting with his Bruneian counterpart, Dato Seri Setia Haji Erywan bin Pehin Datu Pekerma Jaya Haji Mohd Yusof, during his ongoing official visit to the country.
During the meeting held at the Bruneian foreign ministry, the two diplomats discussed bilateral relations between the two nations, including instituting a ministry-to-ministry level cooperation agreement to reinvigorate cultural and trade ties.
Minister Shahid further explored possibilities for more scholarships to Maldivian students and thanked the government of Brunei for the existing educational opportunities extended to students from the Maldives. He highlighted that supporting and educating people with special needs is an important priority of the Maldivian administration, as well as the development of the country’s social sector.
The foreign minister also had a meeting with the Sultan of Brunei, Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, during which he thanked the Bruneian leader for the full scholarships on human resource development extended by Brunei to Maldivian students.
Highlighting the shared membership of both nations in the Commonwealth and Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), and common views across many international issues, Minister Shahid expressed confidence for increased cooperation in the multilateral fora and stronger bilateral ties.
Minister Shahid conveyed the best wishes on behalf of President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, the government and people of Maldives to Brunei, further highlighting Maldives’ keenness to strengthen people-to-people contacts between the two countries.
During his visit, the foreign minister also met with the ministers of education and health of Brunei.
BRUNEI Darussalam has been ranked 12th in the latest Global Islamic Economy Indicator (GIEI), prepared by the answer company of Thomson Reuters.
Brunei made it to the top 15 list for the first time, moving up five spots replacing Egypt. The Sultanate had a big jump in the Halal Travel ranking (10 spots) and strong performance in Halal Food Ecosystem Development.
Its Halal certification-led Halal food product lines have made strong entrance in the UK market and Brunei Halal is getting due recognition as a result. Brunei also continues to benefit from being in the vicinity of Indonesia and Malaysia, two of the largest Halal sensitive Muslim travel markets, the GIEI report said.
Brunei is in top 10 in Halal Pharmaceuticals and Cosmetics and also triumphant in Modest Fashion category where the Sultanate ranked in the 12th place, Halal Travel (22nd) and Islamic Finance (27th).
Malaysia topped the ranking with the score of 121 followed by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain. Saudi Arabia, Oman and Pakistan were respectively positioned at fourth, fifth and sixth followed by Kuwait, Qatar, Jordan, and Indonesia.
Singapore held 11th position as the only country that is not a member of Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, while Brunei, Sudan and Iran were put at 12th, 13th and 14th place.
The indicator is prepared to show the current health and development of the Islamic economy ecosystem. The components of the ecosystem are Halal Food, Islamic Finance, Halal Travel, Modest Fashion, Halal Media and Recreation, and Halal Pharmaceuticals and Cosmetics.
The indicator does not focus on the overall size and growth trajectory of a country across the Islamic economy sectors; instead it evaluated them on relative strengths of the ecosystem they have to support the development of the Islamic economy.
Dubai Islamic Economy Development Centre (DIEDC), in partnership with Thomson Reuters and in collaboration with the Dinar Standard, a growth strategy research and advisory firm based in New York, introduced the Global Islamic Economy Indicator in 2014.
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BRUNEI chefs are skilled but they lack international recognition as they are not coming out to showcase their food creations, said renowned Singaporean chef Siti Mastura Alwi.
“Bruneians need to get rid of their humble attitude or assumption that their creations are just normal,” she told the Bulletin yesterday. “Brunei food delicacies like ‘Nasi Belutak’, or beef intestine rice, could become the Sultanate’s signature dish. I love its taste as it could not be found anywhere else.”
Chef Siti is currently in the country on invitation to judge the upcoming ‘Packed Biscuits and Cakes Ready for Export’ com-petition organised by local social marketplace Cube Junction.
“The overseas market is still not familiar with Brunei’s gastronomic delights and we need to showcase them such as through online services.”
“There are many talented local chefs out there who post their food masterpieces through the social media,” Chef Siti said, adding that there is big potential to export Brunei biscuits and cakes.
“People may wonder what is unique about Brunei food. Does the food represent Brunei? That is what is required in food products if they are to attract foreign market. One way to enhance it is through fusion – blending the traditional style with modern style,” pointed out Chef Siti, who is one of the judges of reality show MasterChef Malaysia and Principal Chef Consultant of SSA Consulting Group, Singapore.
Cube Junction CEO Ramlee bin Begawan Pehin Khatib Dato Paduka Haji Zainuddin said because of the stringent Halal procedures, Brunei food products have attracted strong interests from the Middle East, Europe, Australia and China.
There is vast potential for Halal products internationally, judging by the $3.66 trillion global Halal market.
“Through this competition, which is the first of its kind to be held, we can promote local food for export market. We will pick 50 best of the best local biscuits and 50 cakes.
“Local food products should be capable of enticing international buyers and we will groom the winners and help them reach the foreign market. Through this competition, local entrepreneurs could raise the bar of the local food industry and as a benchmark against others,” Ramlee said, adding that the contest is held to answer the government’s call to develop the local food industry.
Mentored under the Cottage and Youth Initiative Programme at iCentre and endorsed by the National Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Cube Junction is a 100 per cent Bruneian company which offers an e-commerce and social networking platform for businesses to conduct their operations easily and securely on the Internet.
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Furthermore, a halal branding will also distinguish Lombok from neighbouring Bali’s Hindu-
KUALA LUMPUR: Thomson Reuters today announced the launch of its Islamic Asia Pacific Ex-Japan Islamic Agribusiness Index, covering 30 Shariah-compliant companies in the Asia-Pacific region with revenues derived directly from agricultural products.
The Islamic Asia Pacific Ex-Japan Agribusiness Index is the first index of its kind in the Asia-Pacific region. It will be tracked by the world’s first agriculture-related Islamic exchange-traded fund (ETF) provided by Malaysia’s i-VCAP Management Sdn Bhd, offering investors exposure to the index, said Thomson Reuters in a statement today.
The ETF is launched today and is named MyETF Thomson Reuters Asia Pacific ex-Japan Islamic Agribusiness.
The newly-launched ETF will offer investors exposure to the performance of the index and is the first agricultural-related Islamic ETF available globally and the first Islamic sector ETF available in the region, adding to ETFs worth US$2 billion (RM8.71 billion) based on Thomson Reuters indices globally.
The Index combines Thomson Reuters’ transparent rules-based methodology with IdealRatings‘ expertise and research-based approach to Shariah-compliant screening.
In addition, the index uses Thomson Reuters Business Classification (TRBC) to select companies engaged in upstream agricultural activities. TRBC has five levels of classification enabling a more accurate and granular selection of companies.
This allows Thomson Reuters to systematically include industries and business activities that derive revenue from agricultural produce, such as dairy producers or fertiliser, while excluding activities related to agricultural product manufacturing, which are not considered to be part of the agribusiness sector, it explained.
Thomson Reuters said that it has been at the heart of Islamic finance for over 30 years, offering innovative Shariah-compliant investment and trading solutions for financial professionals. Its unrivalled data and content sets have helped investors make better decision faster.
“Thomson Reuters is delighted to add the Islamic Asia Pacific Ex-Japan Agribusiness Index to our suite of Islamic indices,” said Thomson Reuters head of indices Stephan Flagel.
“The index provides rules-based, liquid and transparent exposure to companies within the fast growing Asian Agribusiness sector. Bringing the efficiency and transparency expected in advanced financial markets to the rapidly growing Islamic finance industry requires the provision of deep and reliable market indicators, benchmarks and terms and conditions,” he added.
The Thomson Reuters Islamic Asia Pacific Ex-Japan Agribusiness Index is calculated in real time and will be available through Thomson Reuters Eikon. Thomson Reuters is a trusted, global provider of indices and index services, calculating over 10,000 different equity, fixed income and commodity indices.
Originally published on www.theedgemarkets.com