BIMP-EAGA of­fi­cials plan con­crete projects un­der Vi­sion 2025

Business World - - THE NATION -

GOV­ERN­MENT AND pri­vate sec­tor rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the four-coun­try BIMP-EAGA are meet­ing in Ban­dar Seri Be­gawan, Brunei start­ing yes­ter­day, Feb. 14, for the an­nual strate­gic plan­ning un­der the sub-re­gion’s Vi­sion 2025. In a state­ment, the Min­danao De­vel­op­ment Au­thor­ity (MinDA) said the 2018 BIMP-EAGA Strate­gic Plan­ning Meet­ing aims to iden­tify spe­cific projects for the sub-re­gion’s five pil­lars of de­vel­op­ment, which are con­nec­tiv­ity, food bas­ket, en­vi­ron­ment, tourism, and so­cio­cul­tural and ed­u­ca­tion. MinDA is the Philip­pine’s co­or­di­nat­ing of­fice for the Brunei, In­done­sia, Malaysia, Philip­pines-East ASEAN Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA). “This year’s meet­ing fo­cuses (on) con­cretiz­ing steps to op­er­a­tional­ize strate­gies un­der the BIMP-EAGA Vi­sion 2025 as adopted by the Heads of States dur­ing the EAGA Lead­ers Sum­mit in Manila last year,” said As­sis­tant Sec­re­tary Romeo M. Mon­tene­gro, MinDA deputy ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor. Mr. Mon­tene­gro said among the iden­ti­fied projects are “es­tab­lish­ment of new air and sea links, cross-bor­der power in­ter­con­nec­tion and re­new­able en­ergy de­vel­op­ment, agribusi­ness de­vel­op­ment, bet­ter trade fa­cil­i­ta­tion ar­range­ments, so­cio­cul­tural ex­changes, eco-tourism and green cities de­vel­op­ment.” The Philip­pine fo­cus ar­eas for BIMP-EAGA are Min­danao and Palawan.

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