Northern Corridor Economic Region (Koridor
Utara) focuses on accelerating economic growth and elevating income levels in
northern Peninsular Malaysia with the objective of becoming a world-class
economic region by the year 2025. The northern states of Perlis, Kedah, Pulau
Pinang and northern Perak (districts of Hulu Perak, Kerian, Kuala Kangsar and
Larut Matang-Selama) form the region, covering an area of 17,816 sq km.
Koridor Utara leverages on the existing economic
achievements of the region in electronics, tourism and agriculture, as well as
its strategic location bordering Thailand and facing the Malacca Straits.
Leveraging on the strengths of the region, 4 key thrust areas have been
identified, namely agriculture, manufacturing, tourism and logistics.
The Northern Corridor
Implementation Authority (NCIA) is the statutory body responsible for
establishing directions, policies and strategies in relation to Koridor Utara
development programs. NCIA's role is to move these sectors up the value chain
by identifying anchor investors and addressing key enablers that would help
create conducive business environment in Koridor Utara.
offers the following advantages to investors:
- An Eco-System That Has Evolved Over 40 Years
The business community in Koridor Utara has gone through an
advanced stage of evolution, with over 40 years' experience in dealing with
large and small local and foreign organisations. This has caused both technical
and business support ecosystems to become efficient enablers for private sector
participations in Koridor Utara.
The above-mentioned evolution has also caused the creation of a broad range of
engineering-based baseline skills; and this has enabled the region to expand
into new growth sectors such as LEDs, automotive, aerospace,
machinery/automation, medical devices and biotechnology/ engineering-driven
agriculture. This is supported by a business-friendly culture that has also
evolved over the last 40 years, where businesses already have adapted the world
class delivery standards to cater for the needs of multinational corporations.
- Regional Enabler For Private Sector
NCIA has gained recognition as a regional enabler for private
sector participation. By collaborative engagement charter the presence of and
efficient delivery system has been set up to support companies establish their
operations and growth in Koridor Utara. Strong relationships have been
established over the years between various government agencies and the private
The constant engagement between the Industry and the Academia
; and the setting up of Centres of Excellence to facilitate such collaborative
efforts have led to the availability of skilled and industry-relevant workforce
that meets the demands of the various sectors in Koridor Utara.
Being home to the second busiest airport and one of the
busiest seaports in Malaysia, the logistics sector has been a key enabler of
trade for Koridor Utara along with an entire established cluster of support
services. The Malaysian Government is currently pumping in RM20 billion worth
of infrastructure investments into Koridor Utara to improve international and
regional connectivity. Among the key investments are the upgrade of rail
capacity via the Ipoh-Padang Besar Double Tracking project and the 2nd Penang
Bridge, which will augment connectivity to the airport and seaport.