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Economic corridors and regional development: The Malaysian experience

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  • Prema-chandra Athukorala
  • Suresh Narayanan

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This paper examines prerequisites for a successful inter-state economic corridor development program in a country with a federal system of government through an in-depth study of the design, implementation and the developmental impact of the Northern Corridor Economic Region (NCER) in Malaysia that encompasses the states of Penang, Kedah, Perak and Perlis. The analysis suggests that the NCER has the potential to leverage on the core strengths of the state of Penang--global connectivity, mature business eco-system with a strong presence of multinational enterprises, and sizeable talent pool--in order to redress the widening inter-regional and urban-rural development divide. However, so far the achievements have not matched the expectations primarily because of an inherent institutional limitation of the program: failure to constitute the Northern Corridor Implementation Authority (NCIA) with adequate power and operational flexibility to achieve the overarching goal of shared growth while ensuring compliance from all stakeholders.

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  • Prema-chandra Athukorala & Suresh Narayanan, 2017. "Economic corridors and regional development: The Malaysian experience," Departmental Working Papers 2017-14, The Australian National University, Arndt-Corden Department of Economics.
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    economic corridor; regional development; Malaysia;
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    • O18 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Urban, Rural, Regional, and Transportation Analysis; Housing; Infrastructure
    • O21 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Development Planning and Policy - - - Planning Models; Planning Policy
    • O53 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economywide Country Studies - - - Asia including Middle East

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