Kedah, fronting the ever-busy Straits of Malacca, was already a prominent hub for traders from around the world as far back as 2,000 years ago.
The state is known as the “Rice Bowl of Malaysia” as it contributes up to one third of the country’s rice production – an important sector for Malaysia’s agriculture industry.
In the manufacturing sector, Kedah is well on track to become a centre for high-value industries in the region, thanks to the Kulim Hi-Tech Park, Malaysia’s first ever high-technology park.
Kedah is also strategically located bordering Thailand and has significantly contributed to the nation’s international import and export trade of goods via its border gateway town of Bukit Kayu Hitam.
Efforts for Kedah will be channelled towards developing its border and logistics economy, alongside its ecotourism, heritage tourism, geo-tourism, modern agriculture and livestock industries. Aerospace, a newly identified industry for the state, has great potential for development. These are all in line with Kedah’s vision for a thriving and liveable state, as encapsulated in the Kedah Strategic Development Plan 2035.
TARGETS FOR KEDAH BY 2025
Under this strategic development plan, a total of 12 Key Development Zones have been identified in Kedah, namely, the Perlis-Kedah-Thailand Strategic Border Zone, Perlis-Satun-Langkawi Biodiversity Zone, Kedah Rubber City, Kota Setar-Pendang National Food Security Zone, Alor Setar Heritage City, Pedu-Ulu Muda Biodiversity Zone, Kedah Maritime Zone, Gunung Jerai-Lembah Bujang Eco-Archaeo Tourism Zone and Yan, Kulim-Sungai Petani-Gurun Growth Corridor, Baling-Pengkalan Hulu-Betong Border Zone, Transkrian Development Zone, and Kota Kuala Muda Biodiversity Zone.