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Northern Corridor Economic Region
Last Updated : 5/5/2017 1:36 PM


The Northern Corridor Implementation Authority (NCIA) was established under the Northern Corridor Implementation Authority Act 2008 (Act 687) as the authority responsible for providing direction and for devising policies and strategies in relation to socio-economic development in the Koridor Utara, which encompasses 25 districts in northern Peninsular Malaysia in the states of Kedah, Perak, Perlis, and Penang.

The overarching goals for the Northern Corridor Implementation Authority are to:

      1.    Foster a strong innovation environment.

      2.    Diversify economy by leveraging on core industry clusters.

    ​ 3. Catalyse economic growth by encouraging private sector participation and enhancing the support eco-system.

      4.    Grow and maintain an industry-relevant talent base.

      5.    Capitalise on regional trade networks.

      6.    Ensure socio-economic spillovers to the Rakyat

Koridor Utara offers the following advantages to investors:

1.    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.


2.    Regional Enabler For Private Sector Participation

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 sector.


3.    Readily Available Skilled And Industry - Relevant Workforce

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.


4.    Excellent Market Outreach Via Experienced Logistics Network

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.​

Contact Info
Northern Corridor Implementation Authority
Head Office
Level 20 & 21, Menara KWSP
No. 38 Jalan Sultan Ahmad Shah
10050 Georgetown
Pulau Pinang, Malaysia

Tel: +604 238 2888
Fax: +604 238 2998

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