EAGA transport, infra, ICT industry players to focus on "cross-cutting" projects

DAVAO CITY, June 30 (PNA) -- The transport, infrastructure and information and communication technology (ICT) sector of Brunei Darussalam-Indonesia-Malaysia-the Philippines East ASEAN Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA) are gearing up for the implementation of "cross-cutting projects."

Brunei Transportation Ministry Director Pengiran Haji Mohd Zain said the project will promote not only interconnectivity but also the sub-region's goal of becoming the ASEAN's food basket and eco-tourism hub.

"We need to develop projects cutting across transportation, economy and tourism," Zain, who is also the chairman of the 8th Transport, Infrastructure and Information and Technology Development Cluster (TIITDC), said.

He said that during their meeting held recently in Puerto Princesa City, Palawan under the BIMP-EAGA Strategic Roadmap, EAGA aims to be recognized as the food basket, and eco-tourism zone of the ASEAN through a seamless network of air, sea and land transport.

With this, he said key players of the transport industry players both from the private sector and government were urged to relate every transport project to these general goals of the sub-region.

Assistant Secretary Dante Lantin of the Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC) and head of the Philippine delegation said TIICTD sectors play vital roles in our countries' socio-economic progress.

“They are enablers of growth. They bring food and other agriculture product to the markets, they facilitate trade, open up tourist destinations, increase investments, and bring people, services, and goods together," Lantin said.

During the plenary session, the TIICTD cluster identified and prioritized projects and discussed issues and concerns relevant to the development of key transport, infrastructure and ICT industries.

The meeting also highlighted reports on the status of ports infrastructure improvement in EAGA, he added. (PNA)
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