BIMP-EAGA Regional Office To Be Set Up In Kota Kinabalu, Agrees Duterte

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Duterte, right, has instructed his officers to find a practical solution so that the BIMP-EAGA office can be opened.
Duterte, right, has instructed his officers to find a solution so that the BIMP-EAGA office can be opened.

KUALA LUMPUR – Malaysia and the Philippines will work together to find a practical solution to enable the setting up of a regional office in Kota Kinabalu for the Brunei Darussalam-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines East ASEAN Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA) sub-regional grouping, said Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

The Prime Minister said although the opening of the office had earlier been agreed to by BIMP-EAGA members, its implementation had to be postponed due to the Philippines’ claim on Sabah.

“We are setting aside the issue of the claim, but we are looking into finding a practical solution to enable the office to be opened.

“President (Rodrigo) Duterte has agreed, and has instructed his officers to find a practical solution so that this BIMP-EAGA office can be opened,” he said after a bilateral meeting with his Filipino counterpart here Thursday.