Johor on track to overcome Covid-19 impact

JOHOR BARU: The Johor state government has introduced seven initiatives as part of its economic recovery plan post Covid-19 pandemic.

Mentri Besar Datuk Hasni Mohammad said strong economic and administrative resilience would help the state face the impact of the virus.

The initiatives are the establishment of Ibrahim Johor Economic Council (Ijec), Johor Digital Masterplan, Singapore-Johor-Riau Growth Triangle (SIJO-Kepri), Johor Investment Company (Jico), new economic line, Johor Food Bank and Johor Sustainable Development Plan 2019-2030.

“Ijec will gather experts to provide short and long-term solutions for the people and the state, such as creating new employment opportunities and how best to take advantage of opportunities arising from the US-China trade war.

“The trade war has caused many major companies to relocate their businesses away from China and any advice from Ijec will be translated into policies and economic development in the near future,” said Hasni in a special address broadcast live on his official Facebook page.

He also announced the members of Ijec, which included former Chief Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Dr Ali Hamsa, Johor state secretary Datuk Azmi Rohani, Khazanah Nasional Berhad managing director Datuk Shahril Ridza Ridzuan and Malaysian Institute of Economic Research (MIER) chairman Tan Sri Dr Kamal Salih.

The others are Petronas chief executive officer and executive vice-president Datuk Md Ariff Mahmood, JCorp president and chief executive officer Datuk Syed Mohamed Syed Ibrahim, Eco World Development Group executive chairman Tan Sri Liew Kee Sin, Iskandar Regional Development Authority (Irda) chief executive officer Datuk Ismail Ibrahim, Bank Rakyat chief executive officer Datuk Rosman Mohamed, Bait Al Amanah founder and director Dr Abdul Razak Ahmad and state Financial Officer Datuk A. Rahim Nin.

Hasni said through Jico’s presence in Singapore, Johor civil servants would benefit and be able to enhance their administrative skills.

He said Jico is expected to boost the state’s bilateral and economic ties with Singapore.

“The new economic line will help bring in development along the west coast, through the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore High Speed Rail (HSR) as the stations in Johor are located in Iskandar Puteri, Batu Pahat and Muar while Johor Food Bank will spur the export of local food products overseas,” he said.

Hasni said the seventh phase of the Johor Sustainable Development Plan 2019-2030 encompassed six projects as an intervention and empowerment measure that would be coordinated with the cooperation of the state executive councillors, agencies and related departments.

Jico is expected to boost the state’s bilateral and economic ties with Singapore.Hasni Mohammad

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