Microsoft is helping Malaysia to build an online system, which is aimed to develop the country as global trading hub of halal goods and services.
Malaysia's Halal Industry Development Corporation (HDC) signed a memorandum of understanding with Microsoft Malaysia at the World Halal Forum 2007 to develop the system. The system is based on Microsoft's Office Open XML and it is designed to be a one stop for trading halal goods and services. It will encompass a repository of information on halal and related market intelligence and a centralised web-based system to facilitate the international halal certification process. The Malaysian halal trading hub is expected to serve the 57 member states under the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC), an inter-government body where members aim to safeguard the interests of people in the Muslim community. Under the agreement, Microsoft is expected to provide document management, workflow and database technologies, and Web development application and end-user tools. The Open XML system will provide easy and better integration than other competing technologies, and empowers administrators and users with greater choice, flexibility and innovation.