Mida team to review economic activities along ECRL route

by LYDIA NATHAN / graphic by TMR

THE Malaysian Investment Development Authority (Mida) has established a dedicated team to facilitate, evaluate and review the implementation of the Economic Accelerator Projects (EAP) along the East Coast Railway Link (ECRL) corridor.

In a statement yesterday, Mida said the team will be tasked at engaging and building strategies for various action plans covering promotional activities and engagements with relevant stakeholders, including domestic industries.

“With the inflows of foreign direct investment and domestic investment, and potential growth for industrial, commercial and tourism sectors, the railway will contribute towards bridging the development gap between the east and west coasts of Peninsular Malaysia,” the agency said.

“These catalytic projects will create a wide spectrum of business and job opportunities, including the development of industrial parks, logistics hub and transit-oriented development along the ECRL corridor,” it added.

The team was formed following the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between Mida and China Communications Construction Co Ltd (CCCC) on April 25, 2019.

Mida, together with CCCC, will promote the EAP projects and aim to maximise it’s potential while encouraging the entry of both local and international investors into the country.

Both parties are also committed to tackling cooperation and capacity building activities to spur the industrial and business communities to organise seminars, workshops and dialogues.

The ECRL project is designed to stimulate the commercial, logistic, import and export, and tourism development activities along the proposed alignment.