Summary

IMT-GT is made up of units that builds a strong regional growth triangle and the units are known as Working Groups (WGs). There are 6 different working group functioning under the umbrella of IMT-GT and they are namely Infrastructure and Transport, Trade And Investment, Tourism, Halal Products & Services, Agriculture, Agro-Based Industry & Environment and Human Resource Development. These effective units are to coordinate and facilitate project implementation to achieve specific deliverables, prepare implementation plans, set benchmarks, and develop indicators for monitoring project results.

Working Group of Agriculture and Agro-based Industry

The scope of the Agriculture and Agro-based Industry covers agriculture, fisheries, livestock and forestry. It includes the upstream, midstream and downstream activities of the industry. The wide scope of coverage is in line with the recommendations of the MTR on IB 2012-2016, which underlined the need to expand the portfolio of projects to capture the development potential of the wide range of agricultural products in IMT-GT and to promote trade.

Working Group of Transport and ICT Connectivity

In transport and ICT connectivity, the strategy is to enhance the subregion’s connectivity with particular focus on the priority connectivity corridors while helping to bring actual products and people across the IMT-GT borders to facilitate appropriate information flows. It aims to create a regulatory framework conducive for cross-border movement of goods, people and vehicles hence, leading to an improved logistics services and lowering of business transaction cost.

Working Group of Tourism

Working Group of Halal Products and Services

IMT-GT offers tremendous potentials for tourism given its rich cultural and natural heritage. While the sector may have enjoyed healthy expansion over the past decades.
The Halal Products and Services builds on the progress achieved, such as to in promoting technology transfer and innovation, capacity building and networking among university-based Halal research centers.

Working Group on Environment

IMT-GT is highly vulnerable to climate change as a large proportion of its population and economic activity is concentrated along the coastlines. The subregion relies heavily on agriculture for livelihoods and has built its export industries around natural resources. However, as the findings of the Comprehensive Review of the IMT-GT Strategy have shown, the subregion’s natural resources and biodiversity are under severe pressures from years of exploitation and extraction. Its natural areas are increasingly fragmented within a matrix of human-dominated landscapes and seascapes. This fragmentation affects the movement of species and the flow of ecological processes critical for the provision of ecosystem services that are vital to the well-being of the people.

Working Group on Human Resource Development, Education and Culture

The Working Group on Human Resource Development, Education and Culture is committed to provide capacity building programmes that are market driven. Priorities are narrowed down to developing and upgrading of IMT-GT workforce skills and improving labour mobility Capacity building, knowledge exchange, technology transfer and research and development as performed under the IMT-GT UNINET framework. While involving at areas with relevance to education, sports, arts, music and other forms of socio-cultural activities that contributes to people-to-people connectivity.