1. The Eighth ASEAN and China Transport Ministers Meeting was held on 11 December 2009 in Ha Noi, Viet Nam. The Meeting was co-chaired by H.E. Ho Nghia Dzung, Minister of Transport of Viet Nam and H.E. Gao Hongfeng, Vice Minister of Transport of the People’s Republic of China.
2. The Ministers underscored the importance of enhancing ASEAN – China transport cooperation in support of realising the Leaders’ vision on ASEAN Connectivity. The Ministers welcomed the development of the Implementation Work Program (IWP) for the Strategic Plan for ASEAN-China Transport Cooperation Plan, which would enhance international and cross-border transportation and facilitation in key ASEAN-China Transport Corridors, namely: i) China-Myanmar-Andaman Sea, ii) China-Lao PDR/Myanmar-Thailand- Malaysia-Singapore, iii) China-Vietnam-Laos- Cambodia, iv) Vietnam-Cambodia- Thailand-Myanmar, and v) Vietnam-China-Myanmar- Bengal-India. The Ministers agreed to initiate the implementation of ASEAN-China priority projects in 2010.
3. The Ministers were pleased to note the progress in the implementation of the ASEAN-China Maritime Transport Agreement (ACMTA), including the exchange of information on the development of ports infrastructure between ASEAN and China and the maritime training programmes initiated by China. The Ministers looked forward to the conclusion of the MOU on the ASEAN-China Maritime Consultation Mechanism.
4. The Ministers acknowledged the significant progress made in the drafting of the ASEAN-China Air Transport Agreement (AC-ATA). The AC-ATA will play an important role in supporting and facilitating traffic and movement of passengers and cargo to strengthen the trade and economic relationship between ASEAN and China, in support of the establishment of the ASEAN-China Free Trade Area in 2010. The Ministers tasked their Senior Officials to conclude AC-ATA in 2010 for signing at the 9th ASEAN-China Transport Ministers Meeting.
5. The Ministers noted the outcomes of following ASEAN-China Transport events/meetings held in 2009:
- The Second Implementation Meeting on the ASEAN-China Maritime Transport Agreement held on 14 August 2009 in Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam;
- The Fifth Meeting on the ASEAN-China Maritime Consultation Mechanism held on 21-23 October 2009 in Beijing, China;
- International Maritime Forum Marine Environment Protection against Pollution from Ships in Shanghai;
- Advanced Training Courses on China-ASEAN Port Facility Security and Maritime Investigation Officers from the Littoral States of Malacca Straits in Zhuhai;
- Seminar on Road Plan, Design, Construction, Maintenance and Management between China and the ASEAN Member States held on 10-12 November 2009 in Kunming, China; and
- The Third ASEAN-China Working Group Meeting on Regional Air Services Arrangements held on 18-20 November 2009 in Beijing, China
6. The Ministers welcomed the following projects/activities for implementation in 2010:
- The Sixth Meeting of ASEAN-China Maritime Consultation Mechanism;
- The Fourth ASEAN-China Working Group Meeting on Regional Air Services Arrangements;
- The First Working Group Meeting on the Implementation of the Strategic Plan for ASEAN-China Transport Cooperation back on back with a Workshop on Development of Secondary Roads in Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam linking with the ASEAN Highway;
- China-ASEAN Port Development and Cooperation Forum;
- Training Course on China-ASEAN Air Traffic Safety Management;
- Six Scholarships for Master Programme with More Selections of Majors Eligible for ASEAN Member Countries’ personnel to Dalian Maritime University.
7. The Ninth ASEAN and China Transport Ministers Meeting will be held in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam in 2010.
LIST OF MINISTERS
(a) H.E. Pehin Dato Abu Bakar Apong, Minister of Communications for Brunei Darussalam;
(b) H.E. Mr. Tram Ivtek, Minister of Public Works and Transport of Cambodia;
(c) H.E. Mr. Gao Hongfeng, Vice Minister of Transport of the People’s Republic of China.
(d) Mr. Tatang Kurniadi, representing H.E. Mr. Freddy Numberi, Minister for Transportation of Indonesia;
(e) H.E. Mr. Sommad Pholsena, Minister of Public Works and Transport of Lao PDR;
(f) Mr. Mustapha Bin Zainuddin, representing H.E. Dato’ Sri Ong Tee Keat, Minister of Transport for Malaysia;
(g) H.E. Maj. Gen. Thein Swe, Minister of Transport for Myanmar;
(h) H.E. Gen. Leandro R. Mendoza (Ret.), Secretary of Transportation and Communications for the Philippines;
(i) H.E. Mr. Raymond Lim Siang Keat, Minister for Transport of Singapore;
(j) H.E. Mr. Prajak Glawgraharn, Deputy Minister of Transport of Thailand;
(k) H.E. Mr. Ho Nghia Dzung, Minister of Transport of Viet Nam; and
(l) H.E. Mr. Sundram Pushpanathan, Deputy Secretary-General for ASEAN Economic Community, ASEAN Secretariat