The Northern Corridor Implementation Authority (NCIA) is the statutory body responsible for providing direction, devising policies and strategies that promote and accelerate the development of NCER.
Established in 2008 under Act 687, NCIA catalyses and implements high value-added development projects and programmes, and also promotes private sector participation in the region.
NCER’s development is based on the following six working principles:
This approach ensures that the perspectives of Federal and State agencies, as well as other relevant stakeholders, are addressed for the region’s overall benefit.
In accordance with Act 687, a clear distinction of the roles and responsibilities of various committees is established to ensure transparency and good governance.
Accelerating the region’s economic empowerment is crucial for the rakyat to achieve economic self-reliance.
To achieve sustainable growth, emphasis will be put on adopting the Fourth Industrial Revolution (IR4.0) technologies, embracing the digital economy, raising innovation, strengthening infrastructures, driving development in strategic sectors, and grooming the local talent pool to be future ready.
Community empowerment for B40 households, Bumiputera and Orang Asli communities, youth and women is also a priority for the region. Regular initiatives are carried out to enhance their quality of life and promote income equality.
To accelerate the region’s development, 30 Key Development Zones have been identified to promote an equitable distribution of development and rural-urban integration. These are based on the resources, population concentration and economic potential of each location.
This concentrated decentralisation strategy will facilitate the implementation of strategic, high-impact projects and programmes in an inclusive manner. It will also help attract more private investments that will enable the creation of new jobs and entrepreneurial opportunities. In addition, Government resources can be optimised for key economic activities and the population.
30 Key Economic Zones & Hotspots to reduce regional development disparities & urban-rural imbalance via ensuring sustainable and equitable growth across the entire area of NCER through Concentrated Decentralisation strategy
All NCER development initiatives will incorporate sustainable management practices, including the use of smart and clean technology, to ensure the conservation and preservation of the region’s rich flora and fauna.
Sustainable development with smart clean tech
Conservation & preservation of natural resources
Sustainable management of natural resources
Focusing on renewable/ clean energy
The private sector has and continues to be a key driver of the region’s economic growth, especially in manufacturing, electrical & electronics, agriculture and services. NCIA hopes to encourage more private sector involvement in the region via industry – academia engagements, research and development (R&D) collaborations, Public-Private Partnership (PPP) projects and other initiatives.
Strengthening private sector involvement in developing the region
Encouraging Public-Private Partnership (PPP) for public projects
Adoption of anchor company model for agribusiness project initiatives