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KUANTAN: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak praised the official launch of Visit Pahang Year 2017 here tonight, describing it as a major boost for the economy. In a brief video teleconference witnessed by a 5,000-strong crowd at the open parking lot of the Urban Transformation Centre(UTC) here, Najib said the Federal government places emphasis on the tourism sector to inject money into the economy. Najib expressed confidence in the state's aim of drawing 15 million visitors this year, given its succcess in previous years where Pahang had succeeded in attracting 10.5 million visitors in 2015 and 12 million last year.
"With the various diverse tourism products and extensive promotions done (since last year), there is a high chance that the tourism target can be achieved," he said. The audience laughed and clapped with approval when Najib replied to a question by acting Sultan of Pahang, Tengku Mahkota Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah, on when he would be visiting the state. Najib, who is Pekan member of parliament, said he is naturally a frequent visitor to Pahang. "All the best to Pahang," Najib ended his teleconference, amidst loud cheers and applause from the audience, who sat under protective wide canopies to shelter from the rain. Earlier, acting Sultan of Pahang, Tengku Mahkota Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah, officiated the launch of Visit Pahang Year 2017 here. Despite initial heavy rain at the open parking lot of the UTC here, around 5,000 people who thronged under protective wide canopies cheered as Tengku Abdullah made the declaration.
During his speech, Tengku Mahkota said that it is timely for the state government and private sector to push ahead with initiatives to attract visitors in light of the proposed building of the East Coast Rail Link (ECRL). The ECRL is an ambitious rail project that aims to connect Kuala Lumpur with various parts of Pahang, Terengganu, and Kelantan. "We aim to attract 15 million visitors to Pahang this year. We hope tourists would visit every district here, and help boost the local economy," he said. He said with the latest survey showing Pahang being ranked as the third most attractive place to visit among the Malaysian states, it is high time all parties work together to make the campaign a success."This we should do under any conditions whether rain, thunder, or shine," he said to cheers from the audience.There were also brief video teleconferences by Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and Tourism and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Nazri Abdul Aziz, who expressed confidence in the campaign to attract visitors to Pahang. Also present were Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Adnan Yaakob and state tourism and culture committee chairman Datuk Seri Mohd Sharkar Shamsudin.
Pahang attracts Rm56.4 Bln investments: ECERDC - February 13, 2017
KUALA LUMPUR: Pahang has secured RM56.4 billion domestic and foreign investments and created some 52,169 jobs as at December 2016.
In a statement today, the East Coast Economic Region Development Council (ECERDC) said, the strong performance was driven by the state’s robust growth in the manufacturing sector, which contributed 51 per cent to total investments.
Other key contributors were tourism (26.3 per cent) and oil, gas and petrochemical (7.3 per cent), it said.
ECERDC said the four industrial parks in Pahang – Malaysia-China Kuantan Industrial Park (MCKIP), Gambang Halal Park, Pekan Automotive Park and Kuantan Integrated Biopark – attracted RM19.54 billion in total private investments and created some 21,460 job opportunities.
Meanwhile, ECERDC said, Kuantan Port, currently undergoing expansion works, was set to offer investors in MCKIP one of the fastest routes to major ports in China and Asia-Pacific markets.
Kuantan Port, upon its completion, would be able to handle 52 million tonnes of bulk and container cargo, (double its current capacity) and strengthen its position as the gateway to Asia-Pacific, it said.
ECERDC said agribusiness in Pahang showed great potential with the new milk processing plant at Muadzam Shah Cattle Research and Innovation Centre (MSCRIC).
The plant, expected to be ready by this year, would enable the anchor company, Holstein Milk Co, to boost its milk production in Pahang and reinforce the centre as Malaysia’s largest dairy producer, it said.
Holstein’s dairy products, sold under the Farm Fresh brand, currently commands more than 39 per cent of the local market share in the fresh milk segment.
ECERDC, through its human capital development programmes in 2016, generated about 2,448 job opportunities through some 971 entrepreneurs for the local communities.
Chief Executive Officer, Datuk Seri Jebasingam Issace John, said ECERDC hoped to reach out to 1,350 budding entrepreneurs via the ECER entrepreneur programme in 2017.
“We will be working with Universiti Teknologi MARA to groom 20 batik entrepreneurs to promote our batik and textile industry to cater to international markets,” he said. --Bernama
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