KUCHING: The ongoing fourth Brunei Darussalam-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines East Asean Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA) transport working group meeting hopes to enhance sub-regional economic integration through better transport connectivity between the countries.
Forty delegates from the four countries attended the meeting to discuss what are the future plans for transport connectivity and identifying the deliverables and connectivity projects in all the BIMP-EAGA area or caucus. Transport cluster comprises of land, air and sea linkages.
This strategic planning meeting on transportation issues is a follow up session of the previous sea linkages working group meeting on September last year in Davao, Philippines
Focusing on 3C’s – connectivity, corridor and convergence – the transport sectors strategy focuses on how to connect hard and soft infrastructure as transport is a support for BIMP-EAGA economies. Delegates were asked to think of corridor wide approaches besides converging transport to the tourism and agribusiness sector.
State ministry of infrastructure development and communications permanent secretary Safri Zainuddin said state’s transport sector faced connectivity challenges.
“We are the provider of all the facilities and infrastructure. However in order for tourism industry to grow, we need transport like airline industry. The same applies to agribusiness because without land, road or other connectivity, you can’t send your product outside. This is the convergent caucus sector,
“Transport is a support sector to move goods and people from location to another. It is important that the transport sector converge with other sector in particular tourism and agribusiness sector. In your agenda, areas of convergence should also be looked into,” he said.