JITRA: The Northern Corridor Economic Region's (NCER) Development Blueprint 2016-2025 expects to create more than 37,000 jobs when two growth nodes in Kedah are completed.
Its chief executive officer Datuk Redza Rafiq said over the 10-year period, a total of 80 high-impact projects would be implemented in Kedah, Perlis, Penang and Perak.
"By 2025, with cumulative investments of RM146.5 billion, we believe these projects would change the economic landscape of the region especially involving technology, education and innovation," he told Bernama after the 'Kembara Kasih Ramadan' 2017 event.
Also present were Bukit Kayu Hitam state legislative assembly member, Datuk Ahmad Zaini Japar and 80 residents of Kampung Chegar, Tunjang, here last night.
He said the two growth nodes identified in Kedah under the blueprint were the Kedah Science and Technology Park (KSTP) and Kedah Rubber City (KRC).
Under KSTP, two components have been planned - Global Research Centre and Modern Industrial Park.
"Phase 1A of KSTP is ongoing and is entering phase 1B soon. When completed, the KSTP is expected to create 23,444 job opportunities with economic impact of up to RM72.7 billion by 2030," he said, adding the KRC would create 14, 471 jobs and implement public infrastructure developments.
"The KRC project is still at the land ownership stage, however, when implemented it would generate RM14.7 billion through rubber products and innovative green technology," he said.
Meanwhile, at the event some 52 residents received contributions comprising daily necessities for use during Ramadan and Hari Raya Aidilfitri. -- BERNAMA