Penang free port status

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GEORGE TOWN: A PROPOSAL has been mooted to restore the free port status of Penang to boost international tourism investments.

It is learnt that the proposal has been forwarded to Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Tan Sri Nor Mohamed Yakcop and chairman of Tourism Malaysia Datuk Dr Victor Wee Eng Lye.

“Discussions are ongoing to make Penang a tourist haven and complement Langkawi’s free port status,” a source told the New Straits Times.

The source said the free port status for Penang is part of a move to improve the tourism appeal of both Penang and Langkawi and attract high-net investors to both islands.

via Proposal to restore Penang free port status – Top News – New Straits Times.

 

Deal sealed for free port development

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REAL ESTATE firm Megaworld Corp. has forged a deal with state-run Clark Development Corp. to build a P7-billion, mixed-use development at a free port in Pampanga, a disclosure to the local bourse yesterday showed.

The Andrew L. Tan-led developer signed a memorandum of agreement to develop portions of the Clark Freeport Zone and Clark Special Economic Zone totaling 550 hectares, the disclosure stated.

The Megaworld complex, located within the site of the former United States Air Force base in the Philippines, will feature office, commercial, and retail spaces, as well as leisure and entertainment, residential, health and wellness components.

These amenities would be able to cater to foreign and local business process outsourcing firms, retirement communities, and tourism enterprises beyond the company’s existing base in Metro Manila, Megaworld said.

Megaworld’s planned mixed-use development, which will start to be constructed next year,is seen to boost the Clark Freeport zone’s bid to be a major regional investment hub.

Megaworld, founded and incorporated in 1989, is engaged in the development of large-scale mixed-use planned communities or townships that integrate residential, commercial, educational, leisure and entertainment components in Metro Manila.

via Deal sealed for free port development