GEORGE TOWN, Aug 17 – The Northern Corridor Economic Region (NCER) Development Blueprint 2016-2025 (Blueprint 2.0), launched by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak at The Setia SPICE Convention Center here today, is set to transform Peninsular Malaysia’s four northern states into a world-class economic region.
Blueprint 2.0 outlines 80 development projects across the four states encompassing three categories, namely the Growth Nodes, Transcending Borders and Localised High Impact projects. These projects are expected to offer more high-value and high-income job opportunities, creating a spillover effect that would uplift local industries and businesses in the region.
The 7 growth Nodes in the 4 states are the Kedah Rubber City and Kedah Science & Technology Park in Kedah; Chuping Valley Industrial Area and Perlis Inland Port in Perlis; Greater Kamunting Conurbation and the Manjung-Amanjaya Maritime City in Perak; and the Batu Kawan Development in Penang.
These new growth nodes refer to the inherent interdependence between the Government, the private sector and the community; and will continue be the backbone economic development throughout the region. Notably, Transcending Border Project are being initiated to assist Malaysian companies in the NCER to identify potential markets and investments abroad.
Subsequently, Northern Corridor Implementation Authority (NCIA) deals with the facilitation and hard-holding of investors throughout the pre-investment, investment and post-investment stages. Localised High Impact projects have specific outcomes for the state contributes significantly to the outcomes of the region and can be replcated across more than one state.
Present were Menteri Besar of Perlis Datuk Seri Azlan Man, Menteri Besar of Perak Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abd Kadir and Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng. Also present were special adviser to the prime minister on the NCER Datuk Seri Zainal Abidin Osman and Northern Corridor Implementation Authority (NCIA) chief executive Datuk Redza Rafiq. — PN