The BIMP-EAGA Business Council (BEBC) represents the private sector in BIMP-EAGA.
The council enjoys a “fifth country” status at Senior Officials Meetings, with its chairman having the same rank as other senior officials during policy discussions.
The private sector has been central to BIMP-EAGA since the program was launched. At the first Ministerial Meeting in 1994, leaders emphasized the importance of ensuring private sector participation and endorsed the establishment of the council.
The private sector plays an important role in identifying challenges and solutions to better promote trade, tourism and investment, and also helps identify private sector-led projects that can support the subregion’s development.