Pulau Pangkor has been gazetted as a duty-free zone since 1 January 2020. This is among other initiatives being planned to spur the island’s economic growth and enhance its attractiveness as a tourism destination.
The future development of Pulau Pangkor will leverage its unique strengths, namely:
Priority sectors to be developed include ecotourism, fisheries and aquaculture, and seafood processing. New economic sectors linked to the island’s duty-free status and aspiration to become a smart island have also been identified, comprising specialised repair services, green economy and digital economy.
Pulau Pangkor’s key infrastructure and connectivity will also be enhanced to attract private sector investments. These include the completion of the West-Coast Expressway (Teluk Intan – Lumut) and upgrading of the Pangkor Island Passenger Jetty at Pangkor Town and Pangkor Cargo Jetty at Sungai Pinang Besar to facilitate higher volume of tourist and cargo arrivals as a result of its duty-free island status.