The Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines - East Asean Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA) 

Background

The Brunei – Indonesia – Malaysia – Philippines East ASEAN Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA) was formed during the Inaugural Ministers’ Meeting in Davao, Philippines on March 24, 1994. The principal aim of this initiative is to increase economic cooperation among participating economies in the sub-region with the ultimate goal to increase trade investments and tourism within the participating areas through cross boarder cooperation. By strengthening regional cooperation, the BIMP-EAGA hopes to facilitate freer movement of people, goods and services thus expand its market and resource base; and to share common infrastructure and natural resources.

The Brunei – Indonesia – Malaysia – Philippines East ASEAN Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA) was formed during the Inaugural Ministers’ Meeting in Davao, Philippines on March 24, 1994. The principal aim of this initiative is to increase economic cooperation among participating economies in the sub-region with the ultimate goal to increase trade investments and tourism within the participating areas through cross boarder cooperation. By strengthening regional cooperation, the BIMP-EAGA hopes to facilitate freer movement of people, goods and services thus expand its market and resource base; and to share common infrastructure and natural resources.

The participants in BIMP-EAGA
ASEAN's largest economic growth area constitutes Brunei Darussalam, the Indonesia provinces of Kalimantan, Sulawesi, Maluku, and Irian Jaya; Sabah, Sarawak and the Federal Territory Labuan in Malaysia; and Mindanao and Palawan in the Philippines.

EAGA covers a land area of 1.54 million square kilometers and is home to 57 million people.

Key Areas of Cooperation
BIMP-EAGA currently has four priority areas of cooperation i.e.

  • Transport, Infrastructure & ICT
  • Natural Resource
  • Tourism
  • Small and Medium Sized Enterprise

The core operational mechanisms for BIMP-EAGA are the Working Group Clusters and the Working Groups. The Clusters represent the priority areas for cooperation while the Working Groups represent the priority sectors for development within the clusters. Each cluster is lead by a participating country.

Cluster Working Groups Lead Country
Transport, Infrastructure & ICT Development Air Linkages
Sea Linkages
Construction & Construction Materials
ICT
BRUNEI DARUSSALAM
Natural Resource Development Agro-Industry
Fisheries Cooperation
Forestry & Environment
Energy
INDONESIA
Joint Tourism Development Joint Tourism Development MALAYSIA
SME Development Capital Formation
CIQS
PHILIPPINES

Recent Highlights

  • 3rd BIMP-EAGA Summit
    The 3rd BIMP-EAGA Summit was held on 12th January 2007 in Cebu City, Philippines. The Summit marked a significant milestone in the BIMP-EAGA cooperation where the Leaders of Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines witnessed the signing of the BIMP-EAGA Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Expansion of Air Linkages. The memorandum would allow fifth freedom traffic rights for passenger and cargo services in designated BIMP-EAGA Points.

    Another milestone reached at the Summit is the endorsement of the Heart of Borneo initiative by the Leaders. This is an initiative to preserve and conserve the inland forest areas of Borneo. The signing of the Heart of Borneo Declaration was held on the 12th February 2007 in Bali, Indonesia, by the respective ministers of the three countries.

    The Leaders at the 3rd BIMP-EAGA Summit had also put emphasis on the need for BIMP-EAGA to jointly cooperate in the development and production of renewable energy, in particular, biofuels to maximize the availability of vast sources of biofuels in the sub-region.
     
  • BIMP-EAGA Planning Meeting
    High Level Officials and representatives of the private sector from the EAGA growth area met at a BIMP-EAGA Planning Meeting in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia on the 29th – 30th January 2007 to follow up on the fresh directives made by the BIMP-EAGA Leaders at the 3rd BIMP-EAGA Summit.

    The proposed prioritised projects for the year 2007 includes the enhancement of transport linkages, joint promotion of BIMP-EAGA as a single destination, renewable energy (biodiesels), halal poultry project and the establishment of one-stop documentation centre at selected EAGA points.