Welcome to NCER

Home to cutting edge innovations, a place that nurtures talent and provides exceptional services

NCER is the economic development region aimed at accelerating economic growth in the northern region of Peninsular Malaysia, encompassing the states of Kedah, Penang, Perak and Perlis.

NCER welcomes foreign investment and business opportunities, and offers a conducive and secure environment for investors through supportive state governments, vibrant economy, strong financial support and services sectors, with talented and skilled workforces. Its close proximity and economic links to key export markets in Asia as well with its strategic location makes NCER an attractive destination of business operations.

Four reasons why NCER is now

the right place for your company to grow.

1. Located within the Indonesia-Malaysia-Thailand Growth Triangle (IMT-GT)

Boosts the region’s economy, creating a natural bloc for economic cooperation that would enable NCER to process, distribute and export goods beyond Malaysia.

2. Strong business ecosystems with 40 years of evolution

Since 1971, NCER has hosted numerous multinational companies (MNCs), while many local companies have also grown in lock-step with the MNCs.

3. Key to the nation’s food security agenda

NCER is the largest producer of paddy in Malaysia, producing 34% of the nation’s paddy capacity. Rubber and palm oil also play predominant roles in agriculture in the region.

4. Hosts of many top international tourism destinations

NCER is renowned for its rich natural and historical attractions, claiming UNESCO status in three different states. Lenggong Valley contains Southeast Asia’s oldest, most complete human skeleton, the ‘Perak Man’. Georgetown is popular for its heritage attraction, containing building structures dating back hundreds of years. Langkawi has consistently appeared in lists of top islands to visit globally.

Our Value Proposition

The Northern Corridor Implementation Authority (NCIA) is here to help with the initial start of your expansion at NCER. We have all the tools and advice you need to set up your business and start operations in the region.

Strategic Location

Located within the IMT-GT, NCER’s close proximity to neighbouring countries makes it a great place to establish business oprations.

International Presence

NCER is set to become an international investment destination as many global brands are establishing their presence in this land of great opportunities.

Business Friendly Environment

NCER is creating a more business-friendly environment for foreign investment.

Natural Resources

NCER is rich with natural resources including fertile land for agriculture, minerals, and extensive forests.

Political Stability

Political stability is one of the main factors that make it attractive to investors.


Availability of good infrastructures, facilities, utilities and information technology (IT) to support connectivity and growth.


NCER aims to address the business environment, especially with regard to ease of doing business and tax incentives.

Competitive Operating Cost

We offer companies low tax rates and competitive operating expenses that strengthens their bottom line.

NCER Priority Sectors

The Northern Corridor Implementation Authority (NCIA) is here to help facilitate with the initial start up of your business or expansion in NCER.  We are happy to share our experience, know-how, knowledge of available resources and network.

Key Projects in NCER

Explore states in the NCER

Discover the NCER’s states of investment opportunities and how the NCER’s states will support your global ambition.


Kedah is located in northwest Peninsular Malaysia, bordering Thailand and encompasses the Langkawi archipelago.

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Pulau Pinang

Pulau Pinang, located in northwest Peninsular Malaysia, comprising mainland Seberang Perai and the Penang Island.

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Perak, the second largest state in Peninsular Malaysia, is famed for its natural tropical beauty and rich cultural history.

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Perlis is the northernmost state in Peninsular Malaysia and borders Thailand.

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