About NCER

Introduction

During the Ninth Malaysia Plan (Rancangan Malaysia Kesembilan, RMK-9), five regional economic corridors were created between year 2006 to 2008 to address uneven development across the nation.

Northern Corridor Economic Region (NCER) was established in 2007 as one of the economic corridors to provide equitable growth in the four states in the northern region of Peninsula Malaysia:

  • Kedah
  • Northern Perak*
  • Perlis
  • Pulau Pinang

The region has exhibited strong economic progress, with higher annual gross domestic product (GDP) growth rate of 5.8% compared to Malaysia’s 5.4% during the period of 2010–2014. The GDP growth was largely driven by the services and manufacturing sectors:

  • The services sector is the top GDP contributor for all four states, with government services as the highest subsector contributor.
  • The manufacturing sector is the second highest GDP contributor for Kedah, Pulau Pinang, and Perak.
  • The agriculture sector is the second highest GDP contributor for Perlis.


In the nine years since the introduction of NCER, significant changes have occurred:

  • Expansion of NCER coverage – In 2014, the district of Manjung was incorporated into NCER; and in 2016, NCIA’s Council approved for the extension of NCER’s boundaries to cover the entire state of Perak.
  • Changes in national and global economic conditions – Drop in fuel price, depreciating ringgit, economic slowdown in China, as well as declining foreign investments.

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Vision

To be a world-class economic region of choice by 2025 to invest in, to live in, to work, to acquire knowledge, to visit and to raise families in a safe, clean and sustainable environment.

Mission

To accelerate economic growth by developing core economic sectors, namely Manufacturing, Agriculture & Bio-industries and Services.

  • To address socioeconomic imbalances
  • To raise the capacity for knowledge and innovation
  • To improve the quality of life
  • To strengthen institutional and implementation capacity

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Strategic Thrusts

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Our Strengths


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Livebility Components


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NCER's Achievements


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