Centre for IMT-GT Subregional Cooperation (CIMT) in-collaboration with Northern Corridor Implementation Authority (NCIA) organised a workshop on “Developing Rubber Cities in the IMT-GT: Sharing the Countries’ Experience in Planning and Development of Rubber Cities” on 23 May 2019 in Putrajaya, Malaysia.
The focus group workshop was opened by Mr Firdaus Dahlan, CIMT Director and officiated by Hon. Dato’ Wira Dr. Ku Abdul Rahman bin Ku Ismail represented on behalf of the Chief Minister of Kedah, Dato’ Seri Haji Mukhriz bin Mahathir. Also joined the officiation ceremony are Ms Irmijati Rahmi Nurbahar, Director of Plantations, Ministry of Agriculture, Republic of Indonesia, Dato’ Dr. Noor Zari Hamat, Deputy Secretary-General (Policy), Ministry of Economic Affairs of Malaysia and Mr. Chiraphat Chotipimai, Head of IMT-GT and JDS Unit, National Economic and Social Development Commission of the Kingdom of Thailand.
Indonesia-Malaysia-Thailand Growth Triangle has strong calibre in rubber plantation and rubber production. As the global leader in rubber production with a strong technological background in rubber products manufacturing, the region’s rubber industries could be further reinforced through local government and business collaboration within the platform of IMT-GT. It is with this objective initiated the desired collaboration at sub-regional level.
At this platform, there were attendance of keynote speakers and representatives from influential organizations of rubber industry both from the government and private sector. There were value views exchanged among them on strengthening rubber industry of IMT-GT sub-region, sharing plan and development of the Rubber Cities, establishing collaboration on rubber products and business industry. CIMT and NCIA will jointly put all effort to further promote establishing the IMT-GT subregional collaboration in enhancing the business and economic development.
The session concluded by Dr. Wan Abdul Rahaman Wan Yaacob, Advisor, Ploymer & Agri-Bio, Northern Corridor Implementation Authority (NCIA).