Transport remains key to Eaga: Minda

THE transport and connectivity cluster of the Brunei Darussalam-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines East Asean Growth Area (BIMP-Eaga) is crucial for the vision’s realization of the sub-economic region, an official said.

Romeo Montenegro, director for investment promotions and public affairs of Mindanao Development Authority (Minda) and the Philippines National Secretariat Alternate head, said that transport and connectivity is among the priority clusters being looked at by the multi-sectoral technical officials and private sector representative of the four member-countries of BIMP-Eaga.

“We have already identified our direction with the BIMP-Eaga Vision 2025 and we consider the transport and connectivity cluster as among the essential area because how can other projects and programs be achieved if we (four countries) are not that connected, the transport and connectivity is indeed the common denominator in the discussions,” Montenegro said on Friday’s press conference after the four-day BIMP-Eaga Strategic Planning Meeting (SPM) at Marco Polo Hotel Davao.

The four countries connectivity is through sea, land, and air linkages which require connectivity infrastructures.

The formulation of the BIMP-Eaga Vision 2025 is aimed at developing a resilient, inclusive, sustainable and economically competitive sub-region.

“We have already laid out the programs and plans that we will carry out for the BIMP-Eaga Vision 2025 blueprint document, each cluster have already identified its directions, some will start and some programs will be continued by the new document as it will be a successor document of the BIMP-Eaga 2012-2016,” he said.

The sub-economic region’s clusters are Agribusiness, environment, Information and Communication Technology, Socio-Cultural and Education, Power and Energy Infrastructure, Tourism and the Transport.

For the transport cluster, pursuant to its vision of achieving interconnected sub-region by seamless and safe multimodal transport have identified the convergence program between transport and Tourism and the publication of the BIMP-Eaga Travel by Bus Information Pack.

The SPM had gathered over 300 representatives from BIMP-Eaga.
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