Saturday, July 30, 2011


Although the Deputy Transport Minister Datuk Abdul Rahim Bakri is confident that the ongoing Transport Ministers meeting of the Brunei-Indonesia-Malaysia-Filipina-East Asean Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA), at Cagayan De Oro in the Philippines, will result in some form of regional cooperation in the area of transportation and communications the industry feel that it would result in nothing.

Just as in the tourism sector, nothing material has resulted from th various meetings so far.

However he said cooperation in the sector would be necessary and timely as it would be in line with present efforts to create an Asean community by 2015.

"I hope the meeting today will raise the level of cooperation in the transportation and communication sector as it would be beneficial for member nations of BIMP EAGA," he added.

Abdul Rahim said the growth triangle could become a driving force to establish cooperation and facilitating the venture into the various economic areas of BIMP EAGA which has a market potential of 60 million people where transportation and communications were the major drivers.

Abdul Rahim, who is leading the Malaysian delegation to the meeting, said that Malaysia would also give its commitment towards making a success of the group's plans including its call to Malaysia Airlines' subsidiary, MASwings to expand its services to several destinations in BIMP-EAGA.

These services would provide a convenient way to facilitate trade and tourism in the region, he said.

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