KUALA LUMPUR – Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak chaired this morning, the meeting of the East Coast Economic Region Development Council (ECERDC) at Parliament House here.
The closed door meeting which began at 10 am, was also attended by the Chief Secretary to the Government, Tan Sri Dr Ali Hamsa.
It was the inaugural gathering of the ECERDC for this year, to discuss development in the 66,000 sq kilometres area encompassing Kelantan, Terengganu, Pahang and Mersing district in Johor Baharu, and with a population of about 4.3 million.
ECER, since it launch in 2007 to March this year, has succeeded in attracting investments to the tune of RM73.04 billion.
The Federal government has allocated RM6.6 billion for the implementation of high impact projects in it under the Ninth and Tenth Malaysia Plans, to transform the region to become a destination of choice for investors.
The economic development of the region is spearheaded by five economic clusters, namely, tourism, oil and gas and petrochemicals, manufacturing, agro business, as well as human capital development and entrepreneurship. – BERNAMA