Crop Biotech Update

Malaysia Looks at Multilateral Collaborations

December 5, 2012

Malaysia is looking at multilateral collaborations with countries in the Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia and Philippines-East Asean Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA) and the Indonesia-Malaysia-Thailand Growth Triangle (IMT-GT) on the development of agriculture, which includes food security, food commodities and agribusinesses, said Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Tan Sri Nor Mohamed Yakcop.

"So far, we are involved in bilateral collaborations," said Yakcop at a briefing to announce the upcoming BIMP-EAGA and IMT-GT Business Transformational Leaders Conference. Among the on-going initiatives under the BIMP-EAGA are the hybrid rice project between Malaysia and the Philippines, the halal chicken project between Malaysia and Brunei and seaweed project between Malaysia and Indonesia. Economic Planning Unit (EPU) director of regional development Datuk Razali Che Mat said a food security framework under the BIMP-EAGA will be finalized once approval is obtained from the four countries at the BIMP-EAGA Agriculture Ministerial Meeting to be held in Malaysia in the first quarter of next year.

For more information, contact Prime Minister Department at ppm@pmo.gov.my.