1. The Sixteenth ASEAN Transport Ministers (ATM) Meeting was held on 11 November 2010 in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam. The Meeting was preceded by the 30th ASEAN Senior Transport Officials Meeting (STOM) and STOM with Dialogue Partners held on 8-10 November 2010. The Meeting was chaired by H.E. Pehin Dato Abdullah Bakar, Minister of Communications of Brunei Darussalam, and H.E. Mr. Tram Iv Tek, Minister of Public Works and Transport of Cambodia served as the Vice-Chairperson.
Master Plan on ASEAN Connectivity
2. The Ministers welcomed the endorsement of the Master Plan on ASEAN Connectivity (MPAC) by the ASEAN Leaders at the 17th ASEAN Summit held on 28 October 2010 in Ha Noi, Viet Nam. This comprehensive Master Plan, encompassing physical, institutional and people-to-people connectivity, will further enhance connectivity within ASEAN and promote the connectivity between ASEAN and the wider region of East Asia in the long run. Enhanced connectivity among ASEAN Member States will enhance ASEAN integration and Community building process; promote economic growth; narrow development gap; strengthen competitiveness of ASEAN and facilitate deeper social and cultural understanding as well as greater people mobility in the region.
3. The Ministers tasked the ASEAN Senior Transport Officials to coordinate and oversee the implementation of transport related measures of the Master Plan by respective working groups, report the progress of its implementation on a regular basis and work closely with ASEAN Connectivity Coordinating Committee. The Ministers were also pleased to note the finalisation of an ASEAN Infrastructure Fund (AIF) that would mobilise financial resources within ASEAN to add support for regional infrastructure development. The Ministers also called on the active participation of the Dialogue Partners to meet the huge resource requirements to realise the ASEAN connectivity initiative.
Brunei Action Plan – ASEAN Strategic Transport Plan 2011-2015
4. The Ministers acknowledged that the implementation of the ASEAN Transport Action Plan (ATAP) 2005-2010, consisting of 48 actions to realise the goals and strategic thrusts of ASEAN transport cooperation in land, air and maritime transport, and transport facilitation, had achieved encouraging results.
5. As a successor to the ATAP 2005-2010, the Ministers adopted the Brunei Action Plan (BAP), which is the ASEAN Strategic Transport Plan (ASTP) 2011-2015, to provide the main reference guiding ASEAN transport cooperation and integration over the next five years. The BAP was prepared based on a comprehensive assessment of the current transport situation in ASEAN and of the achievements in the implementation of the ATAP and other related plans. The BAP identifies strategic actions to be implemented in the period 2011-2015 to support the realisation of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) by 2015 as well as the new priority of enhancing regional connectivity identified in the Master Plan on ASEAN Connectivity (MPAC). The BAP is also formulated to reflect other ongoing developments in the world such as changing economic landscape and growing global concerns over environment, climate change, safety and security. It also identifies long-term vision of ASEAN transport cooperation beyond 2015. To ensure effective and successful implementation of the overall objective and specific goals of ASEAN transport cooperation, the BAP sets out necessary implementation arrangements, including a proper monitoring and reporting mechanism, strengthening of the functions of and coordination among the various ASEAN related bodies, including the ASEAN Secretariat, financial mobilisation, and engagement with stakeholders, especially the private sector and the academics.
6. The Ministers tasked the ASEAN Senior Transport Officials and the transport Working Groups, in close collaboration with various stakeholders, to exert their maximum efforts to fully implement the actions identified in the BAP in an effective and timely manner.
7. The Ministers expressed their high appreciation to the Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA) for its valuable support in conducting the Final Report on the ASTP, which provided a good basis for the formulation of the BAP. The Ministers looked forward to the continuous strong support of the ASEAN Dialogue Partners and international organisations such as Asian Development Bank (ADB) and ERIA for the successful implementation of the BAP.
ASEAN Open Skies
8. To facilitate and enhance air services as well as complement the transport facilitation and liberalisation efforts in ASEAN, the Ministers signed the ASEAN Multilateral Agreement on the Full Liberalisation of Passenger Air Services (MAFLPAS) and its two Protocols, which would further expand the scope of the ASEAN Multilateral Agreement on Air Services (MAAS) to include other ASEAN cities. This Agreement and its Protocols would allow designated airlines of a Member State to provide air services from any city with international airport in its territory to any city with international airport in the territory of the other Member States and vice-versa with full third (3rd), fourth (4th), and fifth (5th) freedom traffic rights.
9. In line with the principle of ASEAN Centrality, the Ministers concluded the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on ASEAN’s Air Services Engagement with Dialogue Partners to provide foundation for ASEAN to enter into arrangements on air services with its Dialogue Partners. This MOU recognises the integrity, solidarity and integration of ASEAN as priority in the implementation of air services agreements between ASEAN and its Dialogue Partners.
10. The Ministers were pleased to note the progress of the development of the ASEAN Single Aviation Market (ASAM) and Open Skies Policy that would contribute to the economic development of ASEAN Member States and the realisation of the AEC. The Ministers agreed that the development of the ASAM would include air services liberalisation, aviation safety, aviation security, air traffic management, civil aviation technology, aviation environment protection, air transport regulatory framework and human resource development as its elements. The Ministers tasked the senior officials to formulate an ASAM roadmap and its implementation framework for adoption at the next ASEAN Transport Ministers’ meeting. In further supporting this initiative, the Ministers encouraged all ASEAN Member States to ratify and implement the already-concluded agreements to implement the ASEAN Open Skies Policy, i.e. the MAAS, the ASEAN Multilateral Agreement on the Full Liberalisation of Air Freight Services (MAFLAFS) and the MAFLPAS.
Efficient and Competitive Maritime Transport Integration
11. The Ministers were pleased to note the progress of the integration of ASEAN maritime transport, particularly in the completion of a number of measures set out in the Roadmap towards an Integrated and Competitive Maritime Transport in ASEAN in 2010.
12. The Ministers noted the development of the Strategies towards the Integration of ASEAN Single Shipping Market (ASSM), which would serve as the basic reference for developing ASSM in the future. The Ministers agreed that through ASSM there would be a free flow of intra-ASEAN shipping services without substantial restrictions to ASEAN shipping services suppliers in providing their services and in establishing companies across national borders within the region. The Ministers tasked the Maritime Transport Working Group to conduct a study and holding the workshops necessary to support the development of ASSM.
13. The Ministers welcomed the continued ASEAN and International Maritime Organisation (IMO) partnership for 2010-2011 which would focus on activities to enhance the regional capacity on ASEAN-Oil Spill Response Action Plan (OSRAP) and preparedness for and response to hazardous and noxious incidents in port areas. The Ministers also welcomed further initiatives by IMO in assisting ASEAN Member States in implementing IMO international conventions.
Seamless Transportation of Regional Goods
14. The Ministers endorsed the Work Plan of the Transit Transport Coordinating Board (TTCB) for implementation of the ASEAN Framework Agreement on the Facilitation of Goods in Transit (AFAFGIT), ASEAN Framework Agreement on Multimodal Transport (AFAMT), and ASEAN Framework Agreement on the Facilitation of Inter-State Transport (AFAFIST). In completing all Protocols to support the implementation of the ASEAN transport facilitation agreements, the Ministers encouraged the ASEAN Customs Directors-General to conclude the Protocol 2 (Designation of Frontier Posts) and Protocol 7 (Customs Transit System) of the AFAFGIT as soon as possible. The Ministers also tasked the Land Transport Working Group to restart the discussion on the draft Protocol 6 – Railway borders and interchange stations under AFAFGIT for eventual signing.
15. The Ministers welcomed the steady progress of the implementation of transport related measures under the Roadmap for Integration of Logistics Services.
Complete the ASEAN Highway Network
16. The Ministers were pleased to note the completion of the stock-taking of road inventory of all national route sections/components of the ASEAN Highway Network (AHN) and agreed that the upgrading of the ASEAN Transit Transport Routes (TTR) below Class III shall take priority of implementation. In upgrading AHN, the Ministers also agreed to install common road signs in all designated routes, with a specific priority on the TTR.
Enhanced Regional Road Safety
17. The Ministers emphasised the need for concerted efforts in the region to effectively address the pressing road safety issues experienced by most ASEAN Member States and tasked the ASEAN Multisectoral Road Safety Special Working Group (MRSSWG) to begin preparation for the ASEAN Regional Road Safety Strategy Plan 2011-2020 covering the strategic framework for cooperation among ASEAN Member States in this area and its policy guidelines. The Ministers agreed that this plan should be aligned with the UN Resolution on the Decade of Action on Road Safety and the Moscow Declaration of the first Global Ministerial Conference on Road Safety.
Enhancing transport connectivity with Dialogue Partners
18. The Ministers acknowledged the significant progress made in the ASEAN-China transport cooperation and looked forward to the conclusion of the MOU on the ASEAN-China Maritime Consultation Mechanism and the ASEAN-China Air Transport Agreement at the 9th ATM+China meeting on 12 November 2010 in Brunei Darussalam.
19. The Ministers noted the outcome of the 18th ASEAN-EU Ministerial Meeting held on 26 May 2010 in Madrid on the interest expressed at the Meeting in exchanging experiences and exploring scope for more comprehensive co-operation in the area of civil aviation as there are similarities between development of the single EU aviation market and the planned ASAM. The Ministers welcomed this proposal and agreed that the proposed ASEAN-EU Aviation Summit, to be held in Singapore, would be the first platform to materialise the proposed ASEAN-EU air transport cooperation. The Ministers tasked the Senior Officials to prepare and consult relevant committees in materialising this collaboration.
20. The Ministers acknowledged the progress of ASEAN-Japan cooperation through the implementation of the ASEAN-Japan Transport Partnership (AJTP), including activities on the work plans for 2010–2011 based on the Manila Action Plan, the ASEAN-Japan Cooperative Program on Development of Technical Regulations and Establishment of a Type Approval System for Vehicles and the ASEAN-Japan Action Plan on Environment Improvement in the Transport Sector (AJ-APEIT).
21. The Ministers welcomed the steady progress in the implementation of the ‘Framework of Transport Cooperation Between Transport Authorities of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations and the Ministry of Land, Transport and Maritime Affairs of the Republic of Korea (ROK) and looked forward to the adoption of the ASEAN-ROK Transport Cooperation Roadmap. The Ministers also looked forward to the discussion with the Minister of Land, Transport and Maritime Affairs of ROK on strengthening cooperation in air transport, including the conclusion of an ASEAN-ROK Air Transport Agreement (AK-ATA).
22. The Ministers expressed their sincere appreciation to the Government and people of Brunei Darussalam for the warm hospitality accorded to the delegations and the excellent arrangements made for the meeting. The Ministers agreed to hold the 17th ATM in Phnom Penh, Cambodia in 2011.
LIST OF MINISTERS
(a) H.E. Pehin Dato Abdullah Bakar, Minister of Communications of Brunei Darussalam;
(b) H.E. Mr. Tram Iv Tek, Minister of Public Works and Transport of Cambodia;
(c) Mr. Moh. Iksan Tatang, Secretary General, representing H.E. Mr. Freddy Numberi, Minister for Transportation of Indonesia;
(d) H.E. Mr. Sommad Pholsena, Minister of Public Works and Transport of Lao PDR;
(e) H.E. Dato’ Seri Kong Cho Ha, Minister of Transport of Malaysia;
(f) H.E. U Thein Swe, Minister of Transport of Myanmar;
(g) H.E. Mr. Jose P. De Jesus, Secretary of Transportation and Communications for the Philippines;
(h) H.E. Mr. Raymond Lim Siang Keat, Minister for Transport of Singapore;
(i) Mr. Silpachai Jarukasemratana, Deputy Permanent Secretary, representing H.E. Mr. Sophon Zaram, Minister of Transport of Thailand;
(j) H.E. Mr. Ho Nghia Dzung, Minister of Transport of Viet Nam; and
(k) H.E. Mr. Sundram Pushpanathan, Deputy Secretary-General for ASEAN Economic Community, ASEAN Secretariat