BIMP-EAGA economic corridor study for completion by September 2008
by Prix D Banzon
Davao City (14 February) -- The pre-investment study on the priority economic corridors of the BIMP EAGA with the facilitation of the Asian Development Bank is expected to be finished by September 2008.
This was one of the updates presented during the strategic planning workshop last month of the technical working group in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia last month.
These economic corridors include the Western Borneo Economic Corridor and the Greater Sulu-Sulawesi Seas Corridor.
What was discussed under air linkages was the continuing implementation of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) of the sector. Updates include the establishing of new airlinkages for more EAGA routes, namely Kota Kinabalu (KK) – Bandar Seri Begawan (BSB) – Kuching by Air Asia, BSB-Kuching-Pontianak through Batavia Air and Davao-BSB with Pacific Pearl Airways.
The regular sharing of information on the International Civil Aviation Organization's safety on passenger traffic of fifth freedom traffic rights will be institutionalized.
On sea linkages, the TWG tackled the implementation of MOU specifically on the formulation of guidelines for the implementation of a) joint measures to promote the sustainability of shipping services, and b) on non-convention ships operating in the BIMP-EAGA. It is looking at GTZ to support the project.
The improvement of intra-EAGA sea links was also discussed. It will commence with the completion of ferry terminal to allow the RoRo Passenger Ferry trips from Malaysia to Brunei and vice versa.
Tasks on matters regarding land transportation include the formulation of implementing guidelines for MOU on the Land Transport. It will also conduct dialogue with relevant private sectors on the matter.
Along this sector will be the implementation of relevant ASEAN agreement on the facilitation of foods in transit under the BIMP-EAGA test-bed approach and it is looking at the ASEAN and GTZ for fund assistance.
Under the transport sector, the working group also looked at strengthening capacity building of the sector in BIMP EAGA.
With the aid of the Asian Development Bank, the sector will facilitate the conduct of identified priority seminars/workshops on Crisis Management and Human Behavior Training, Transport Security, and Seminars/Simulated Exercise on Fire Fighting/Offshore Safety/Sea Survival. (PIA) [top]