KOTA KINABALU: Sabah will play its part in ensuring the success of the Brunei–Indonesia–Malaysia–Philippines East Asean Growth Area (Bimp-Eaga) economic revival plans, particularly Economic Corridor development, says Datuk Seri Hajiji Noor (pic).
The Chief Minister said this when welcoming the Bimp-Eaga 14th Summit joint statement that seeks greater cooperation between the participating nations to jump start the economy after the Covid-19 pandemic.
Hajiji was an observer at the Summit held virtually on Thursday (Oct 28) which was chaired by Indonesia's President Joko Widodo.
“We agree and support Malaysia’s view presented by the Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob that Bimp-Eaga will be a useful platform for economic revival,” he said
"It also augurs well with the objectives set out under the 12th Malaysia Plan (2021-2025),” added Hajiji in a statement on Thursday.
Among the items agreed upon in the joint statement was the One Borneo Quarantine Initiative to facilitate trade and investments, he added.
The Initiative is a joint effort to strengthen health security, where it will see increased cooperation in monitoring and inspection, as well as enhanced protection from pests and diseases.
Under the second phase of the Initiative, Sabah had identified three border points namely Bantul, Sebatik and Serudung, while the first phase would be at Entikong, Indonesia -Tebedu, Sarawak and Sungai Tujuh, Brunei -Sungai Tujuh, Miri border crossings.
Joining Hajiji to observe the Summit were Sabah Special Envoy to Bimp-Eaga, Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia and state secretary Datuk Seri Safar Untong.