Na­jib, Duterte dis­cuss set­ting up of East Asean Growth office

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KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia and the Philip­pines will work to­gether to find a prac­ti­cal so­lu­tion to en­able the set­ting up of a re­gional office in Kota Kin­a­balu for the Brunei Darus­salam-In­done­sia-Malaysi­aPhilip­pines East Asean Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA) sub-re­gional group­ing, said Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Na­jib Ab­dul Razak.

He said although the open­ing of the office had ear­lier been agreed to by BIMPEAGA mem­bers, its im­ple­men­ta­tion had to be post­poned due to the Philip­pines’ claim on Sabah.

“We are set­ting aside the is­sue of the claim, but we are look­ing into find­ing a prac­ti­cal so­lu­tion to en­able the office to be opened.

“Pres­i­dent Duterte has agreed, and has in­structed his of­fi­cers to find a prac­ti­cal so­lu­tion so that this BIMP-EAGA office can be opened,” he said after a bi­lat­eral meeting with his Filipino coun­ter­part here yes­ter­day.

BIMP-EAGA was launched in Davao City, the Philip­pines, on March 24, 1994, cov­er­ing the en­tire sul­tanate of Brunei, the prov­inces of Kal­i­man­tan, Su­lawesi, Maluku, West Pa­pua and Pa­pua in In­done­sia, Sabah, Sarawak and Labuan Fed­eral Ter­ri­tory in Malaysia and Min­danao and Palawan in the Philip­pines, Ber­nama reported.

On busi­ness op­por­tu­ni­ties, Na­jib said the Philip­pines has agreed to of­fer ar­eas to Malaysian com­pa­nies for oil palm cul­ti­va­tion in south­ern Philip­pines.

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