Chup­ing Val­ley to gen­er­ate RM1b for Perlis in­fra­struc­ture

Zone will boost state’s tran­si­tion from agri­cul­tural-based econ­omy to in­dus­try-driven growth model

New Straits Times - - News - ADIE SURI ZULKEFLI PADANG BE­SAR adie.zulkefli@nst.com.my SMEs Green man­u­fac­tur­ing

THE massive Chup­ing Val­ley In­dus­trial Area (CVIA), span­ning 1,214ha, has sparked ex­cite­ment among in­dustr y play­ers, in par­tic­u­lar in­vestors in the re­new­able en­ergy sec­tor.

Perlis Men­teri Be­sar Datuk Seri Azlan Man said some 200 cap­tains of in­dustr y and their rep­re­sen­ta­tives had ex­pressed an in­ter­est to in­vest in the big­gest in­dus­trial zone ever cre­ated in Perlis.

”We had a pre-launch ses­sion with lo­cal and for­eign po­ten­tial in­vestors, on Sun­day evening and have re­ceived pos­i­tive feed­back.

”I am happy to note that once the in­fra­struc­ture is ready, the in­vest­ments will start to come in, par­tic­u­larly in the large-scale so­lar-power gen­er­a­tion niche,” he said af­ter the launch cer­e­mony by Raja of Perlis Tuanku Syed Si­ra­jud­din Pu­tra Ja­malul­lail yes­ter­day.

The de­vel­op­ment of CVIA, which is un­der the joint aus­pices of the Perlis govern­ment and the North­ern Cor­ri­dor Im­ple­men­ta­tion Author­ity (NCIA), has been iden­ti­fied as one of the ini­tia­tives to be im­ple­mented un­der the 11th Malaysia Plan.

Present were Tuanku Raja Muda Perlis Tuanku Syed Faizud­din Pu­tra Tuanku Syed Si­ra­jud­din Ja­malul­lail, Thai am­bas­sador Dam­rong Kraikruan, con­sul-gen­eral of Ja­pan in Pe­nang Kiyoshi Itoi, first sec­re­tary of the Fin­nish em­bassy in Kuala Lumpur Laakko­nen Teemu, Prime Min­is­ter’s Depart­ment deputy sec­re­tary-gen­eral (Fi­nan­cial and De­vel­op­ment) Datuk Zainal Abidin Abu Has­san, spe­cial ad­viser to the prime min­is­ter on the North­ern Cor­ri­dor Eco­nomic Re­gion (NCER) Datuk Seri Zainal Abidin Os­man, Eco­nomic Plan­ning Unit deputy di­rec­tor-gen­eral (pol­icy) Datuk Nik Az­man Nik Abdul Ma­jid, Sus­tain­able En­ergy De­vel­op­ment Author­ity Malaysia (SEDA) chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Cather­ine Ridu and the NCIA chief ex­ec­u­tive Datuk Redza Rafiq.

Azlan said he was con­fi­dent that CVIA would gen­er­ate over RM1 bil­lion in­vest­ment for in­fra­struc­ture, as the project en­ters its new phases by 2020 and be­yond.

“That fig­ure is yet to in­clude the enor­mous po­ten­tial pri­vate sec­tor in­vest­ment be­cause the gross in­vest­ment for a sin­gle large-scale so­lar farm, with the pro­duc­tion ca­pac­ity of 50 mega watts, will at­tract about RM300 mil­lion in in­vest­ment.

“We are con­fi­dent that the first batch of so­lar re­new­able en­ergy, ca­pa­ble of pro­duc­ing 35 mega watts of en­ergy, will at­tract a large num­ber of bid­ders in the sec­tor,” he said.

Azlan said his ad­min­is­tra­tion had pro­jected CVIA would cre­ate over 25,000 jobs by 2030, tak­ing into ac­count skilled and semi-skilled job cre­ations in in­dus­tries di­rectly and in­di­rectly re­lated to CVIA.

”This project fits the three core new growth cri­te­ria set by the state govern­ment: large-scale, high-im­pact and sus­tain­able projects that will in­crease the gross do­mes­tic prod­uct (GDP) of Perlis by three fold upon com­ple­tion of all phases.

”More im­por­tantly, CVIA is a green­based cat­a­lyst eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment that will trans­form the eco­nomic land­scape of Perlis, in line with the state govern­ment’s vi­sion to trans­form Perlis into a high-in­come city state by 2030,” he said, while ex­press­ing his ap­pre­ci­a­tion to the Fed­eral Govern­ment and NCIA for the sup­port given to the state.

Redza said the project was one of the seven new growth nodes for the north­ern re­gion.

“CVIA is seen as a game changer for Perlis‘s econ­omy, and is seen as one of Perlis’s key so­cioe­co­nomic cat­a­lysts. As one of the pro­posed high-im­pact projects un­der the Perlis Strate­gic De­vel­op­ment Plan, CVIA is ex­pected to boost the state’s tran­si­tion from an agri­cul­tural-based econ­omy to a mod­ern, in­dus­try-driven growth model.

“We are con­fi­dent that once CVIA is op­er­a­tional, we shall see the spillover ef­fect in terms of eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment in the suround­ing ar­eas, which will strengthen and em­power the econ­omy. This is also in line with NCIA’s agenda of growth with so­cial eq­uity”.

He said NCIA had crafted the project with the state govern­ment to cre­ate an in­dus­trial ecosys­tem that suited cur­rent and fu­ture in­vest­ment pref­er­ences, in line with changes in the global in­dus­trial land­scape.

”This project re­flects the new in­dus­trial area con­cept where we will have a Re­search and De­vel­op­ment (R&D) Cen­tre, a Cen­tre of Ex­cel­lence, aside from en­gag­ing in­sti­tu­tions of higher learn­ing in Perlis to play their part in CVIA‘s de­vel­op­ment.

”CVIA is a man­i­fes­ta­tion of the new era where we cre­ate an ecosys­tem that in­te­grates value-added ser­vices, not just the phys­i­cal at­trac­tion of the area, since the con­cept of ‘we build and they will come’ is no longer rel­e­vant to in­vestors‘ pref­er­ence,” he said.

Redza added that the project had taken off with the con­struc­tion of the first phase of CVIA’s In­te­grated Busi­ness Cen­tre (IBC), and will op­er­ate in Oc­to­ber.

CVIA, a green­field de­vel­op­ment on a 1,012ha in Chup­ing Val­ley, will com­prise var­i­ous ini­tia­tives, in­clud­ing the 202ha Perlis In­land Port (PIP), which will serve as its lo­gis­tic hub, and an in­dus­trial park for the fo­cus clus­ters of re­new­able en­ergy gen­er­a­tion (REG), green man­u­fac­tur­ing and halal in­dus­tries.

“This ini­tia­tive takes into ac­count re­gional co­op­er­a­tion through the In­done­sia-Malaysia-Thai­land Growth Tri­an­gle (IMT-GT), and is listed un­der the IMT-GT Im­ple­men­ta­tion Blue­print 2017-2021. Due to its strate­gic lo­ca­tion at the bor­der of Malaysia and Thai­land, CVIA is ex­pected to in­crease trade and eco­nomic ties be­tween the two na­tions,” he added.

As one of the new growth nodes un­der NCIA, CVIA will be de­vel­oped in sev­eral stages. This in­cludes build­ing an in­te­grated busi­ness cen­tre (IBC), which will serve as a cat­a­lyst for the de­vel­op­ment of CVIA. IBC will pro­vide tran­sit of­fices and tem­po­rary ac­com­mo­da­tion for project in­vestors.

“We have tai­lor-made in­cen­tives to at­tract in­vest­ments to CVIA and Perlis. NCIA will boost its ef­forts to work with agen­cies, such as the Malaysian In­vest­ment De­vel­op­ment Author­ity and the Malaysia Dig­i­tal Econ­omy Cor­po­ra­tion to cre­ate aware­ness and pro­mote CVIA to in­vestors as part of the agenda to turn Malaysia into a RM2 tril­lion econ­omy,” said Redza.

“We are con­fi­dent CVIA will at­tract more pri­vate sec­tor in­vest­ments to the re­gion, thus lead­ing to more eco­nomic ac­tiv­i­ties. This is also in line with the 2050 Na­tional Trans­for­ma­tion (TN50) ob­jec­tive to cre­ate a thriv­ing and vi­brant eco­nomic en­vi­ron­ment,” he added.

As part of the oc­ca­sion, the Raja of Perlis planted a time cap­sule to be opened in 2050.

North­ern Cor­ri­dor Im­ple­men­ta­tion Author­ity (NCIA) lo­gis­tic divi­sion di­rec­tor Syed Ah­mad Sa­farudin Syed Zainal Abidin brief­ing Raja of Perlis Tuanku Syed Si­ra­jud­din Pu­tra Ja­malul­lail (cen­tre) on the Chup­ing Val­ley In­dus­trial Area (CVIA) In­te­grated Busi­ness Cen­tre at the project launch cer­e­mony yes­ter­day, wit­nessed by (from third right) NCIA chief ex­ec­u­tive Datuk Redza Rafiq, spe­cial ad­viser to the prime min­is­ter on the North­ern Cor­ri­dor Eco­nomic Re­gion Datuk Seri Zainal Abidin Os­man, Raja Muda of Perlis Tuanku Syed Faizud­din Pu­tra Ja­malul­lail and Perlis Men­teri Be­sar Datuk Seri Azlan Man.

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