1. We, the Transport Ministers of ASEAN and the People’s Republic of China, met for the Fourth ASEAN and China Transport Ministers (ATM+China) Meeting in Vientiane, Lao PDR on 18 November 2005. H.E. Mr. Bouathong Vonglokham, Minister of Communication, Transport, Post and Construction of Lao PDR and H.E. Mr. Zhang Chunxian, Minister of Communications of China co-chaired the Fourth ATM+China.
2. We recognized the collaborative efforts of our senior officials in the significant progress in our strategic partnership, particularly in the implementation of joint projects and activities consistent with the ASEAN-China Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Transport Cooperation which was signed at the 8th ASEAN-China Summit in Vientiane, Lao PDR on 27 November 2004. Key achievements since our last meeting in Phnom Penh last November include among others:
a) Improving cross-border transport infrastructure and connectivity between China and neighboring ASEAN Member Countries, i.e., ongoing construction of the China section and Lao PDR section of the Kunming-Bangkok Highway; the Kunming to Hekou Highway, linking the Viet Nam Kunming–Ha Noi–Hai Phong Passage; and Cambodia National Highway No.7 (from Kratie via Stung Treng) to the Lao-Cambodia Border; and the Yuxi-Mengzi (China) section of the Trans-Asian Railway;
b) Designation of cross-border crossing points in the GMS counties to facilitate transport of goods and people. Operationalizing “Single-Window Inspection” and the “Single-Stop Custom Inspection at the Hekou (China) – Lao Cai (Viet Nam) border-crossing point;
c) Completion of the Navigation Channel Improvement Project on the Upper Mekong River, with navigation aids facilities installed;
d) Ongoing negotiations to conclude an ASEAN-China Maritime Transport Agreement. Three consultations had been held in Shanghai, Phnom Penh and Bangkok. China will host the fourth ASEAN-China Consultative Meeting next year;
e) Launching of consultations for advancing maritime safety cooperation and regional air services arrangements. China will host the first Meeting of China-ASEAN Maritime Consultation Mechanism in Guangzhou on 14-16 December 2005, and the first Workshop on Passenger and Cargo Air Services Arrangements in 2006;
f) Finalization of the working outline for the Development Study for the Inland Waterway Improvement Project in Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar and Viet Nam. China will convene the first Workshop in 2006; and
g) Enhancing human resources development, through the completion of two workshops on the Regulation Techniques for ASEAN Countries Inland Waterways in Wuhan and Nanjing; and the Workshop on Compensation for Oil Pollution caused by Ship in Shanghai, followed by the Drill on Search & Rescue.
3. We re-affirmed the essential role of transport in providing greater impetus to increasing trade, investment and tourism, in pursuit of ASEAN-China Free Trade Area (ACFTA) initiative and in reinforcing the comprehensive economic integration between China and ASEAN Member Countries.
4. The ASEAN Ministers lauded the five-point policy agenda put forward by China Minister for future ASEAN+China transport cooperation. In this context, we agreed to further advance and strengthen our joint cooperation programs and activities, especially the prompt conclusion of the regional maritime transport agreement and regional passenger and cargo air services arrangement, and in launching a study to formulate a medium-to-long term development strategic plan for ASEAN-China transport cooperation. We welcomed the implementation of the following new and follow-up initiatives in 2006:
a) Convening of a meeting on the formulation of the ASEAN-China Transport Development Strategic Plan in China in 2006;
b) Enhancing capacity building in facilitating cross border transport of goods and people in the Greater Mekong Sub-region (GMS) ;
c) Participation in the International Maritime Forum on Quality of Seafarers in China in 2006 which will be focusing on (i) the Comprehensive Maritime Labor Convention of the International Labor Organization; and (ii) the implementation of the ISPS Code and STCW ’95 amendments;
d) Ten scholarship places to ASEAN Member Countries for the master’s degree on maritime safety and environmental administration in the coming two years in the Dalian Maritime University (Branch of World Maritime University);
e) Assistance to littoral states within the Malacca Straits in maritime safety, security and environmental protection; and
f) Technical exchanges in Hydrography and Aids to Navigation;
5. The ASEAN Ministers expressed their appreciation to China for her continuing support to ASEAN, particularly in its efforts to narrow the development gaps between Member Countries, deepen economic integration and realize its vision to establish the ASEAN Economic Community.
6. We thanked the Government of Lao PDR for the excellent arrangements made for the Meeting and agreed to meet in Thailand in 2006.
List of Ministers
(i) H.E. Dato Paduka Yusoff Abd Hamid, Deputy Minister of Communications for Brunei Darussalam;
(ii) H.E. Mr. Sun Chanthol, Minister of Public Works and Transport for Cambodia;
(iii) H.E. Mr. Zhang Chunxian, Minister of Communications for the People’s Republic of China;
(iv) H.E. Mr. Wendy Aritenang, Secretary General, Ministry of Transportation for Indonesia;
(v) H.E. Mr. Bouathong Vonglokham, Minister of Communication, Transport, Post and Construction for Lao PDR;
(vi) H.E. Dato’ Sri Chan Kong Choy, Minister of Transport for Malaysia;
(vii) H.E. Maj. Gen. Thein Swe, Minister of Transport for Myanmar;
(viii) H.E. Mr. Ricardo E. Alfonso, Undersecretary (Deputy Minister) for Land Transport for the Philippines;
(ix) H.E. Mr. Yeo Cheow Tong, Minister for Transport for Singapore;
(x) H.E. Mr. Mahidol Chantrangkurn, Vice Minister for Transport for Thailand;
(xi) H.E. Mr. Dao Dinh Binh, Minister of Transport for Viet Nam; and
(xii) Mr. Worapot Manupipatpong, Director, the ASEAN Secretariat, representing the Secretary General of ASEAN.