The ETP's targets for 2020 will be achieved through the implementation of 12 National Key Economic Areas (NKEAs), representing economic sectors which account for significant contributions to GNI. The programme is also centred on raising Malaysia's competitiveness through the implementation of six Strategic Reform Initiatives (SRIs). The SRIs comprise policies which strengthen the country's commercial environment to ensure Malaysian companies are globally competitive.
The ETP represents the catalyst for economic growth and investments needed for Malaysia to achieve high-income status by 2020. The Government's role in the ETP is that of facilitator, coordinating, tracking and monitoring the programme. While the Government will prioritise its policies and spending for the ETP, the bulk of investments, targeted at 92% by 2020, are to be financed by the private sector. The private sector, therefore, has been placed in the driver's seat in the implementation of the ETP