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Indonesia, Malaysia push sub-regional cooperation

  • Mustaqim Adamrah

    THE JAKARTA POST

JAKARTA   /   Wed, March 18 2009   /  10:36 am

Indonesia and Malaysia are pushing private sector and regional administrations to initiate sub-regional development cooperation. President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said Tuesday the two countries had pledged to work together within the sub-regional framework of  the Indonesia-Malaysia-Thailand Growth Triangle (IMT-GT) and the Brunei Darussalam-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines East ASEAN Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA). “I said in a forum (attended by IMT-GT and BIMP-EAGA members) that Sumatra was in good shape, and Sulawesi was, too, and continuing to grow. Johor and Riau also grew,” he told the press at the State Palace after a ceremony welcoming Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi. Badawi was on a two-day trip attending the sixth annual consultation on sub-regional cooperation, which ended Tuesday. “I hope that the private sector will grow and regions can d...