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Malaysia plans halal logistics parks

Malaysian prime minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi has announced plans to construct logistics parks throughout the country, specifically aimed at companies operating in the halal industry.

Malaysian prime minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi has announced plans to construct logistics parks throughout the country, specifically aimed at companies operating in the halal industry.

The facilities will provide a variety of logistics and distribution services, designed to maintain the halal-status of products throughout the supply chain.

"The halal food industry needs dedicated supply chain facilities to ensure that halal consignments remain unadulterated throughout the distribution chain. Malaysia is playing an important role by ensuring every state will have its own Halal Park," said Badawi. "In addition, the Halal Industry Development Corporation (HDC) was created in September 2006 to spearhead and coordinate the development of the halal sector. These efforts are sure to play an important role in the Malaysian economy."

Speaking at the recent Malaysia International Halal Showcase at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, the prime minister also highlighted the concept of halal logistics, which has increasingly caught the attention of logistics companies operating in Muslim countries such as the United Arab Emirates.

According to Badawi, the Halal Parks, together with government investments in improving ports and other transportation infrastructure, will help make Malaysia a halal logistics hub that is more competitive at the international level.

"Human capital and knowledge development will be emphasized to ensure that the halal industry keeps up with the trends and challenges at the global level. We must be prepared with the necessary skilled work force and professionals in anticipation of a dynamic halal industry. I would like to see local universities developing and offering academic programmes in halal-related areas," added Badawi.

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