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Monday, 27 July 2009

Malaysian powered MFEZ?

Malaysia's Kulim Hi-Tech Park is apparently planning to invest to US$1 bn as part of the Lusaka South Multi-Facility Economic Zone(MFEZ). According to Trade Minister Felix Mutati, Kulim Hi-Tech Park was part of the team that engaged in 2007 to develop a master plan. Difficult to know how much of this is politics, as we have yet to hear from Kulim Hi-Tech Park. More detail via this Daily Mail article.

4 comments:

  1. Kulim Hi-Tech Park certainly has an abundance of experience attracting FDI to Malaysia (since 1994), and the inclusion of JICA is an encouraging sign as most of their projects in Zambia have tended to produce favourable results. Direct supply-chain linkages to existing Kulim Park tenant corporations could certainly raise the technology profile of Zambian industry in a wide range of fields. More details on the exact nature and scope of their contribution to the project would be necessary for any kind of accurate fiscal assessment, but on balance I would say that this looks like a promising development.

    http://www.khtp.com.my/guide/default.htm

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  2. Useful short paper from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (2001) giving some background on the Kulim Park and issues facing Hi-Tech Industrial Park development from an Urban Planning perspective.

    http://www.hkir.com/scspapercontent.php?id=3

    Not all of the consequences of Kulim Park development are positive however, and Water Watch Penang are very concerned about areas downstream of the park and other nearby industrial and agricultural developments, as the area is now dependent on water from other catchments due to its own two small rivers being rated category V, or "useless". Attention to water pollution problems now, in the planning stages, will likely save money and improve quality of life for decades to come.

    http://www.waterwatchpenang.org/letter-to-chief-minister-on.html

    Luckily this is not the first time in this process where concerns over environmental impacts have been raised, so presumably there are measures being undertaken to address groundwater depletion, soil pollution, and potentially harmful airbourne emissions. It would be useful to see the results from the various baseline environmental measurements and spatial planning called for in the Summary on the Preliminary Study of the Master Plan Study for Establishing Lusaka South Multi-Facility Economic Zone in Republic of Zambia [available here in .pdf format]:

    http://www.jica.or.id/english/operations/social_environmental/archive/reviews/pro_asia/pdf/zam03_02.pdf

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  3. JICA is very organized (which is to be expected, Japan is the world's second largest economy after all), so they produce handy maps of all their projects. Here is the one for Zambia (.pdf format, 331KB, Oct '08):

    http://libportal.jica.go.jp/fmi/xsl/Library/Data/PlanInOperation-e/Africa/Zambia-e.pdf

    They also provide lots of data and explanations of their activities, I am finding much of the data contained in this description of JICA involvement in Africa based on their experiences in Southeast Asia to be quite interesting and relevant (from May '08, 1.8MB, .pdf format):

    http://www.jica.go.jp/english/publications/reports/study/topical/aid/aid_01.pdf

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  4. Yakima,

    Summary on the Preliminary Study of the Master Plan Study for Establishing Lusaka South Multi-Facility Economic Zone in Republic of Zambia [available here in .pdf format]:

    I have to say, I like every project. They are all about capacity building.

    Malaysia's Kulim Hi-Tech Park is apparently planning to invest to US$1 bn as part of the Lusaka South Multi-Facility Economic Zone(MFEZ).

    My only problem with is that foreign investment = foreign ownership, unless we're talking about grants or loans.

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