The BIMP-East ASEAN Growth Area, a sub-regional grouping of ASEAN comprising Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, and thePhilippines, has identified $21 billion worth of investments in infrastructure projects that will bolster connectivity of this region and up for completion until 2025.
Pencapaian Poly Sandakan dalam MTE (Malaysia Technology Expo) 2017 yang berlangsung pada 16 – 18 Februari, 2017 bertempat di PWTC.
1. Kategori Pelajar: Asian Youth Innovation Awards – Silver Medal – Talapia Egg Incubator.
2. Kategori Pensyarah: Invention and Innovation Awards. Bronzo Medal. Potential of cinnamon as anesthetic agent on red talapia juvenile. Merit Award – automated Plant Terranium.
KOTA KINABALU: Sea trading activities in districts under the Eastern Sabah Safety Zone (Esszone) will resume on Feb 1.
The decision to lift the ban was made today, after Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman chaired the state security committee meeting to discuss on the outcome of suspension enforced in April last year, including cross-border barter trading.
He said the re-opening of trading activities in Esszone must be referred to the Standard Operation Rules (PTO) on Transhipment Activity Improvement issued by the committee. “Application to perform transhipment should be submitted to the Sabah National Security Council for (the purpose of) coordination.
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MANILA, Philippines – Amid news headlines of the “war on drugs” or the President’s latest tirade, economic planners and sectoral experts are quietly working to achieve an equally news-worthy goal of the Duterte administration: eradicating poverty by 2040 and transforming the Philippines into a middle-class society.
Called Ambisyon Natin 2040, the government’s long-term vision for development has been institutionalized by President Rodrigo Duterte through Executive Order 5. The “vision” was initiated during the Aquino administration, through the leadership of then National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Director-General Arsenio Balisacan.
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Who would have thought that a mayor could pull out a homer in dealing with Asian behemoths like China and Japan? Lacking national exposure, he brandished his sword and laid claim to a record never before seen in presidential history in the Philippines: 6th Asian nations in 117 days in office.
Derisively called mad man by his critics, there is serious thinking in his “madness.” Visiting Laos, Indonesia, Vietnam, Brunei, China and Japan, PRRD has set the stage for a peaceful region, lights on for Asia and ASEAN and a face-to-face diplomacy that has never been seen from a David like the Philippines. There is rhyme and reason where he went and the key messages he called out in those visits. The Duterte Initiative has made the Philippines top of mind. Apart from Manny Pacquiao, foreigners meeting Filipinos have been asking about Duterte. Seriously, the “mad man” is a rockstar.
BEIJING: Alibaba Group founder Jack Ma has agreed to act as an advisor to the Malaysian Government on its digital economy aspirations, says Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
“We will be in partnership with Jack on the path and route to the future,” said Najib.
He said that Ma had also agreed to come to Malaysia to attend the launch of its E free trade zone in March.
Najib said this before he launched Alitrip Tourism Malaysia together with Ma Friday to lure Chinese tourists to Malaysia.
KOTA KINABALU: The new chairman of the BIMP-EAGA Business Council’s (BEBC) Sarawak chapter, Haji Osaha Haji Suhaili was sworn in recently by the regional chairman of the BIMP-EAGA Business Council (BEBC), Datuk Haji Roselan Johar Mohamed.
This took place just before the Transport Minister’s meeting which took place recently in Kuching and witnessed by Sarawak’s deputy chief minister, Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas.
Haji Osaha said that with this new recognition comes a higher degree of responsibility towards propelling Sarawak’s involvement to trade and socialize with the countries of Brunei, Indonesia and the Philippines.
His first immediate responsibility is to ensure that he has a good team in every major and important towns of Sarawak before they can talk business and investments.
Hj Osaha also iterated that in the event he failed to achieve any result for Sarawak, he will on his own accord, retire gracefully and let others to take the lead role.
The recognition given to Haji Osaha came in at a very appropriate time when the movement did not make any headway earlier to chart the course of Sarawak’s involvement within the aspiration of BIMP-EAGA, said Roselan.
So far for Sarawak, Roselan said that the only visible trade recently carried out was the sale and purchase of four maritime vessels by a Sibu shipbuilder to a private entity in Palawan.
“This is very good because it augurs well for the future of Sarawak shipbuilding. I am very sure that more orders are in the offing and I hope other Philippine shipowners can consider to make more ship orders from Sibu,” he said.
With regards to the closure of the Tebedu-Entikong inland container depot, Roselan explained that success can only happen if there is a two-way traffic.
“If we only sell but never buy, the other party may not be happy. Perhaps it is best that we encourage our entrepreneurs to joint venture with Kalimantan landowners to plant Field Corns for our animal feed-mills,” he said.
“Kalimantan has quality planting labours and not so expensive and Sarawak can buy back corns from Kalimantan to complete the two-way traffic. So both sides win. I think Sarawak alone is importing about 10-12,000 metric tonnes of corns every month from elsewhere and our other food import bills are also rising. So we should prioritize our land-use capabilities to plan for the present and future needs. It is not good to import when we ourselves can plant!”
He added that furthermore, if Sarawak can plant more corns, any excess can be sold to West Malaysia in containers.
He said that this in return will also improve the two-way traffic between Port Kelang and the Sarawak main ports.
Ultimately, the ocean freight from Port Kelang can be lowered and nobody is going to complain against the cabotage policy, he said.
Roselan also mentioned that there was an agricultural producer somewhere in Sarawak that plant cavendish banana.
“I hope the state government can give him all the support and encouragement so that he can plant more for exports. If land is what he needs, then by all means the state government can give him more land to plant. In return, this land can be considered as the Government’s equity and still belonging to the State to enable the Government to collect recurring incomes every year for the next 25 years.”
He said that in Mindanao, all the major banana plantation owners has their own private ports, wharves and even ships to facilitate their exports.
“So this banana business is truly a good business to look into.”