NCER States

Kedah

NCER States

Kedah

BRIEF INTRODUCTION

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.

 

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 trade via its border gateway town of Bukit Kayu Hitam.

KEY STATISTICS

KEY ECONOMIC ACTIVITIES

Services

  • Logistics and Border Economy Activities

Manufacturing

  • Aerospace
  • Rubber Products
  • Biopolymer
  • High Value Manufacturing

Agriculture

  • Paddy & Organic Paddy
  • Hemp
  • Special Agro Economic Zone

Mining & Quarrying

  • Sustainable Mining and Downstream Activities

Tourism

  • Archaeotourism
  • Geotourism
  • Ecotourism

DEVELOPMENT FRAMEWORK

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

Key Development Zones

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.

Z1 – BUKIT KAYU HITAM SPECIAL BORDER ECONOMIC ZONE

Z2 – PERLIS – LANGKAWI – SATUN BIODIVERSITY ZONE

Z5 – KEDAH RUBBER CITY

Z6 – KOTA SETAR – PENDANG NATIONAL FOOD SECURITY ZONE

Z7 – ALOR SETAR HERITAGE CITY

Z8 – PEDU – ULU MUDA BIODIVERSITY ZONE

Z9 – KEDAH MARITIME ZONE

Z10 – GUNUNG JERAI – LEMBAH BUJANG ECO – ARCHAEO TOURISM ZONE

Z11 – KULIM – SUNGAI PETANI – GURUN GROWTH CORRIDOR

Z12 – BALING – PENGKALAN HULU – BETONG BORDER ZONE

Z13 – TRANSKRIAN DEVELOPMENT ZONE

Z14 – KUALA MUDA BIODIVERSITY ZONE

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