Key Development Areas
Seven Key Development Areas (KDA) or Nodes were identified in ECER to ensure the development is more targeted and focused.
ECER SEZ of Greater Kuantan, which extends over an area of 3,874 square kilometres along the coast from Kertih in Terengganu to Pekan in Pahang, is the only special economic zone in Malaysia.
ECER SEZ of Greater Kuantan acts as the main engine of growth in ECER through key projects such as the regional Kuantan Port, Kuantan Integrated Biopark (KIBP), Kertih Biopolymer Park (KBP), Cherating Coastal Tourism Development, Pahang Technology Park and Pekan Automotive Park (PAP). >>read more
Node 2 focuses on Cross Border Development covering the coastal belt from Besut in Terengganu to the Kelantan-Thai border at Tumpat, capitalizing on the synergy generated by the Indonesia-Malaysia-Thailand Growth Triangle. Key initiatives include Pasir Mas Halal Park; Pengkalan Kubor Collection; Processing, Packaging Centre; Tok Bali Fisheries Park, Kota Bharu City Centre and Jeli-Bukit Bunga Conurbation.
Node 3 covers the heartland of Terengganu within the triangle formed by Dungun, Kuala Terengganu and Kuala Berang. The Kuala Terengganu City Centre development that is aimed at creating a vibrant and liveable city with new commercial opportunities for the rakyat is one of the key initiatives. Other projects are Dungun Coastal Tourism Development, Pasir Raja Herbal Park, Kuala Berang Sheep Breeding Centre and Telaga Papan Goat Multiplier Farm.
Agriculture and ecotourism projects play a major role in Node 4 that stretches from Rompin in Pahang to Mersing in Johor. Some of the key projects in Node 4 are the Rompin Integrated Pineapple Plantation, Cattle Research and Innovation Centre in Muadzam Shah, Endau-Rompin State Park and Island Tourism off the Coast of Mersing, Johor.
Node 5 aims to spur the economic growth of the hinterland stretching from Gua Musang in Kelantan to Kuala Lipis in Pahang. Node 5 focuses on initiatives such as the Lojing Highlands Integrated Park Management, Lanchang – Kuala Lipis – Gua Musang – Kuala Krai Ecotourism and South Kelantan Agropolitan project
Node 6 covers the Bentong – Raub KDA in Pahang and is aimed at providing an impetus to the economic development of its hinterland by playing a satellite role to the Greater Kuala Lumpur development. Bentong is expected to be the satellite town to the Greater Klang valley due to its proximity and its existing offerings of tourism attractions such as the Genting Highlands Theme Park, Bukit Tinggi Resort and Janda Baik.
Node 7 consists of areas formerly administered by the Pahang Development Authority (DARA) and Jengka Regional Development Tenggara Authority (JENGKA). Projects implemented in this KDA are aimed at promoting sustainable development, enhancing public transportation and developing a progressive community.