News: NCIA to continue empowering socio-economic development in northern region

News: NCIA to continue empowering socio-economic development in northern region


KUALA LUMPUR, March 18 (Bernama) -- The Northern Corridor Implementation Authority (NCIA) will not be dissolved but will instead be further empowered, said Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

In a statement today, NCIA said the Prime Minister made this remark at its 20th council meeting today, where he also announced the appointment of Datuk Seri Jebasingam Issace John as the NCIA’s new chief executive.

Jebasingam was formerly the chief executive officer of the East Coast Economic Region Development Council.

Dr Mahathir said NCIA would continue to lead the socio-economic development in the northern region through high-impact strategic projects that would benefit the people.

He said all the major high-impact strategic development projects would continue in the Northern Corridor Economic Region (NCER) states - Kedah, Penang, Perak and Perlis.

Among the notable key projects are the Kedah Science and Technology Park, Special Border Economic Zone and Kedah Rubber City, tourism facilities in Bukit Larut, the Seed Centre in Sauk and the comprehensive development of the Perak southern region.

NCIA said the list also included the Chuping Valley Industrial Area, Perlis Inland Port and Kangar Sentraltransport terminal in Perlis.

To boost its development delivery agenda, NCIA will be anchoring on its new NCER Strategic Framework to deliver job creation, entrepreneurship opportunities and high income to the people.

The regional programmes and initiatives to deliver these outcomes include attracting investments in priority sectors such as manufacturing, modern agriculture and services (tourism, logistics, global business services) as well as other strategic sectors such as petro-chemicals and aerospace.

NCIA said it aimed to achieve RM12 billion in committed investment in 2019, and was all set to attract investors into the region, especially into identified less developed areas.

Besides infrastructure projects, the NCER Talent Enhancement Programme will also be launched to address unemployment among local graduates and to ensure adequate supply of skilled workforce as required by the industries and investors.