1. We, Leaders of the Brunei Darussalam-Indonesia-Malaysia-the Philippines – East ASEAN Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA), have concluded a productive meeting today, which primarily focused on addressing and building upon the achievements since the 1st BIMP-EAGA Summit in Bali, October 2003, as well as determining the future development direction of the sub-region.
2. We reaffirm the importance of BIMP-EAGA as a sub-regional growth area within the overall context of narrowing development gaps in ASEAN and note the need to accelerate its economic development. In view of this, we agree to adopt the BIMP-EAGA Roadmap to Development, which will guide the stakeholders in the implementation of doable, practical and sustainable strategies, programs and projects that will benefit the communities of the member-countries.
3. The BIMP-EAGA Roadmap to Development will be implemented for a period of five (5) years beginning 2006. The BIMP-EAGA Ministers and Senior Officials are directed to pursue, monitor and review the implementation of all programs and projects in order to ensure attainment of development goals and targets set forth in the Roadmap.
4. To better respond to the needs of the private sector, we task our respective BIMP-EAGA Ministers and other relevant ministers pertaining to transport, tourism, agriculture and agro-based industries as well as Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) to coordinate the provision of necessary support mechanisms to facilitate and to ensure a conducive business environment in the sub-region.
5. We direct our Transport Ministers, coordinated by Brunei Darussalam; Tourism Ministers, coordinated by Malaysia; Agriculture and Agro-based Industries Ministers, coordinated by Indonesia; SMEs Ministers, coordinated by the Philippines, to work closely in addressing their respective issues and concerns, and if necessary, undertaking policy improvements on trade facilitation, particularly through the strengthening of BIMP-EAGA Custom, Immigration, Quarantine and Security (CIQS) mechanisms, investment generation, improvement of transport linkages and infrastructure, and extensive tourism marketing and promotions and especially enhancing security in the sub region, specifically undertaking joint security patrols to address transnational crimes and terrorism.
6. Recognizing the role of the provincial/state governments in sustaining BIMP-EAGA initiatives, we encourage the Governors, Chief Ministers, Heads of Local Government to hold meetings among themselves and the private sector prior to the BIMP-EAGA Ministerial Meetings to address issues of common concern with their respective stakeholders.
7. In light of the critical role of the private sector as the engine of growth, it is imperative for the private sector, particularly the BIMP-EAGA Business Council (BEBC), to undertake proactive measures in realizing the programs and projects identified in the Roadmap, and to ensure cohesive and dynamic private sector participation. In order to strengthen this effort, we likewise encourage BEBC to initiate linkages and explore possible assistance and support from the ASEAN Business Advisory Council (ABAC) and other related international business organizations.
8. We reaffirm the importance of the initiatives and commitment to strengthen the coordinating mechanism of the BIMP-EAGA cooperation with the establishment of a BIMP-EAGA Facilitation Centre in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. We acknowledge the major role it plays in facilitating and coordinating the implementation of EAGA-wide programs, projects and activities. We commit to provide financial support for the continued operations and strengthening of the BIMP-FC.
9. We note the encouraging progress achieved so far in strengthening partnerships to promote trade, investment and tourism. We acknowledge and welcome the participation of the Northern Territory of Australia and the People’s Republic of China as Development Partners in the BIMP-EAGA. We are encouraged to note Japan’s support and involvement in the sub region. We note with appreciation the continued assistance extended to BIMP-EAGA initiatives by the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the ASEAN Secretariat and the German Technical Cooperation Agency (GTZ). We encourage the participation of other ASEAN Dialogue Partners and other international bodies in BIMP-EAGA.
10. We recognize the importance of establishing a database on trade, investment and tourism in the sub-region. We urge the ADB to expedite the completion of the BIMP-EAGA Database on Trade, Investment and Tourism. This will allow BIMP-EAGA to quantify its achievements.
11. We recognize the need to enhance energy cooperation among BIMP-EAGA member countries. In relation to this, a study will be undertaken to explore possible areas of cooperation.
12. We acknowledge the growing interactions among the people and communities in the sub region since the establishment of BIMP-
EAGA. We encourage further intensification of people-to-people activities such as BIMP-EAGA Friendship Games, cultural and youth exchanges and interactions among academia.
13. We agree to convene the BIMP-EAGA Summit annually in conjunction with the ASEAN Summit.