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Adnan is briefed by Jebasingam (right-partly seen ) on the ECERDC’s roles to develop the Pahang.
KUANTAN: Pahang government has gained RM23.55bil from the East Coast Economic Region (ECER) investment over the past five years.
Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Adnan Yaakob said the investments have managed to offer some 24,100 job opportunities to residents - local and outsiders.
Adnan said the amount too was nearly half of the RM50bil investments attracted by ECER within the same period.
He said the ECER’s social focus projects have enabled the participation of the poor and rural communities in the state in its transforming economy programmes.
“The ECER development council programmes have managed to eradicate the poverty level in the state and its human capital development programmes have already proven successful in raising the income levels and living standards of the people in the state,” Adnan said while launching the ECER’s fifth anniversary celebrations during its open day held in MPK2 field here.
Also present was ECERDC chief executive officer Datuk Jebasingam Issace John.
Adnan said one of the ECERDC success stories was the Empower ECER which focused on the human capital development programme which was aimed at improving the academic performance of students and raising the income level of the disadvantaged adults.
The Empower programme was launched in 2010 in Bentong and was later expanded to other districts comprising Lipis, Temerloh, Raub, Cameron Highlands and Kuala Pahang in Pekan.
To date, some 8,397 students in the state have benefited from this programme.
Adnan said the Empower programme which focused on skills and entrepreneurship training have also benefited some 5,225 adults in the state.
“They are now either self-employed or employed in better fields and earned better income.
“On average, their income have grown up to RM5,000 per month and some are even earning RM20,000 per month,” Adnan said.
Meanwhile, Jebasingam said another human capital development implemented in the ECERDC was the ECER entrepreneurship development programme (EEDP) which was launched last year.
Jebasingam said the programme was conducted in collaboration with Sirim and Agrobank.
He said the EEDP participants are provided with products and marketing training as well as financial assistance to grow their businesses.
“To date, the programme has benefited some 210 entrepreneurs in Pahang from the total 580 in ECER participating states.
“Previously, participants earned some RM350 per month and now their income has increased to about RM1,100 after taking part in the programme. However, through the continuous programme from us, they will be earning as much as RM5,000 per month by 2020,” he said.
Jebasingam said a primary catalyst for economic growth was the ECER Special Economic Zone (SEZ) which stretches from Kertih in Terengganu to Kuantan and Pekan in Pahang.
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