Johor Exco says that JS-SEZ plans will accelerate in June with important talks.

This month, a number of important discussions are scheduled for the planning of Johor-Singapore Special Economic Zone.

Lee Ting Han, the executive councillor of Johor, said that the first JS SEZ committee meeting was jointly presided by Malaysia’s Economy Ministry Director-General and Singapore’s Trade and Industry Permanent Secretary on May 30.

Lee, the chairman of the state committee for investment, trade and consumer affairs, and human resources, stated that both countries agreed to discuss the details of JS-SEZ jointly by Malaysian and Singaporean working groups.

The first ministerial meeting between both countries will take place mid-June. The Johor Mentri besar, Datuk Hafiz Ghazi, is also expected to attend.

The working groups of Malaysia and Singapore are expected to meet at the end the month for a workshop that will focus on the proposals made by both parties.

He said that they would also discuss details of the JS SEZ agreement which will be signed in the second half of this year.

All 56 Johor Assemblymen, as well as 10 district officers, 16 mayors and council presidents attended the session.

He stated that the Malaysian government has actively involved the federal ministries in discussions related to the Memorandum of Understanding between the two countries signed on January 11, 2007.

The JS-SEZ has implemented one of the major initiatives, which is to use QR codes at the Johor and Singapore immigration, customs and quarantine facilities.

He added, “This reflects the political will of our government to make this special economic zone successful.”

The Prime Ministers from both countries agreed to finalise a full-fledged JS-SEZ Agreement during the Singapore-Malaysia Leadership Retreat in September.

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