Faster Clearance of Goods at Borders
(Press Release; 07 Feb, 2012)
(New Straits Time (Malaysia) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) KOTA KINABALU: The second phase of the Intelligent Clearance Identification (iCLID) project to facilitate cross-border movement of goods and vehicles within the Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines-East Asean Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA) will cover checkpoints in Sabah and Sarawak.
The extension of the iCLID, which utilises a combination of radio- frequency identification and web technology, follows its successful implementation at the Sungai Tujoh and Kuala Lurah checkpoints in Brunei.
Checkpoints covered under the second phase are being identified with each of them expected to cost about RM4.5 million.
The iCLID initiative is among three major projects identified by the BIMP-EAGA Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Working Group to be included in the regional grouping's Implementation Blueprint for 2012-2016.
The other two projects are the ICT Rural Outreach Programme (iROP) and BIMP-EAGA Rink, a hybrid communications platform utilising sea cable, satellite and terrestrial systems.
The projects were highlighted at the BIMP-EAGA Strategic Planning for 2012 chaired by Airah Abdullah, the acting director of communications in the Communications Ministry of Brunei, in Manila, recently.
"World-class infrastructure, knowledge and ICT systems will soon be within our reach, enabling us to tap their potential to benefit people in the BIMP-EAGA member countries," said Secretary Luwalhati R. Antonino, who is the chairman of the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) and Philippine-EAGA Signing Minister.
The iROP and iCLID have qualified to be listed for the regional grouping's two-year rolling plan for 2012-2013, while the BIMP-EAGA Rink will be carried forward to the next rolling plan for 2013- 2014.