The East Coast Economic Region Development Council (ECERDC) will focus on human capital development, tourism sector and agriculture to spur economic recovery in Terengganu and help the people cope with the hardships caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“For the long-term plan, human capital development which includes skills training and poverty reduction programmes through educational support for students will be the main focus to meet the current needs of the people,” said ECERDC CEO Baidzawi Che Mat as quoted by Bernama.
ECERDC economic recovery efforts will also focus on agro-business and on strengthening domestic tourism infrastructure “to ensure long-term sustainability when the tourism sector reopens”, he said.
The number of households that are living below the poverty line in Terengganu is forecasted to increase to 38,859 from 11,280 following last year’s revision of the National poverty line income of a household to RM2,208 monthly, up from RM980.
The ECER Talent Enhancement Programme (ETEP) under PENJANA-ECERDC will also be expanded by offering technical courses, equipping participants with the required skills to secure jobs, said Baidzawi.
A total of 1,600 skilled workers will benefit from its Train and Place programme, which ensures job placements within a month upon completion of training.
On the agriculture sector, Baidzawi said ECERDC is identifying a suitable place to develop Terengganu Dairy Valley to meet Malaysia’s fresh milk production.
To rebuild the tourism sector, which has been severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, ECERDC intends to continue its infrastructure project at Taman Negeri Setiu Wetlands as well as develop Kuala Terengganu City Centre Promenade.
“Other ongoing projects include the construction of additional four headlands in Pantai Teluk Lipat, Dungun and work to upgrade the hybrid solar system in Pulau Kapas,” he said.
Terengganu attracted RM2.2 billion in private investments as of 8 February 2021. For this year, it aims to secure RM3.9 billion in committed investments, added Baidzawi.