Bangsamoro Development Agency (BDA) executive director Mohammad S. Yacob, attended the 25th Seniors Meeting and 20th Ministerial Meeting (SOM/MM) of the Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Philippines- East ASEAN Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA) on November 27-29, 2016 at Puerto Princesa City, Palawan.
“It was the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) who invited the BDA to take part in this important event by virtue of the earlier signed MinDA-BDA memorandum of cooperation.,MinDA is now the lead secretariat of Philippine delegation”, Dir.Yacob remarked.
It noted that BDA and MinDA signed memorandum of cooperation on July 29, 2016 as the two parties envisioned an inclusive growth for the Bangsamoro region and the entire Mindanao anchored on the Mindanao 2020 Peace and Development Framework Plan and the Bangsamoro Development Plan which are complementing peace and development roadmaps with shared goal of improved quality of life for Mindanawons and Bangsamoro.
“The BDP brings the BDA to this level of exposure internationally and it allowed us to see how regional cooperation for development is being facilitated which is possible as we invite our partners and stakeholders to carefully consider the BDP with regard to their planning and programming in the Bangsamoro”, Yacob further told.
“This year’s meeting aimed to finalize the BIMP-EAGA Vision (BEV) 2025 development framework plan, including priority initiatives responsive to the cluster goals, objectives and strategies”, Yacob added.
The said meeting aimed at effecting concrete outcome from several initiatives being undertaken by the stakeholders in achieving BIMP-EAGA’s twin strategic vision of being the ‘food basket’ and ‘premier ecotourism’ destination of ASEAN and the rest of Asia.
BIMP-EAGA was launched in 1994 as a co-operation initiative by said countries, all of which are member-countries of the regional Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). The objective behind the creation of BIMP-EAGA is to accelerate economic development in the four countries’ “focus areas” which, although geographically distant from their national capitals, are in strategic proximity to each other, in one of the world’s most resource-rich regions.