1. The Ninth ASEAN and China Transport Ministers (ATM+China) Meeting was held on 12 November 2010 in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam. The Meeting was preceded by the Ninth ASEAN and China Senior Transport Officials Meeting (9th STOM+China) held on 10 November 2010. The Meeting was co-chaired by by H.E. Pehin Dato Abdullah Bakar, Minister of Communications of Brunei Darussalam and H.E. Mr. Feng Zhenglin, Vice Minister of Transport of the People’s Republic of China.
2. The Ministers welcomed the outcomes of the 13th ASEAN-China Summit held on 29 October 2010 in Ha Noi, particularly on China’s active role and enhanced cooperation with ASEAN in priority areas, including infrastructure development and transport. The Ministers agreed to work closely together in identifying potential projects to implement the initiatives put forth by Premier Wen Jiabao of China at the 12th ASEAN-China Summit in 2009 in Thailand, including the setting up of a US$ 15 billion credit facility and a US$ 10 billion China-ASEAN Investment Cooperation Fund with a focus on areas of priority such as infrastructure and connectivity, particularly transport infrastructure and projects relevant to people’s livelihood.
3. The Ministers were pleased to note the steady progress of the implementation work programme for the Strategic Plan for ASEAN-China Transport Cooperation endorsed by the 8th ATM+China, 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. Some of the proposed projects under this Strategic Plan have secured technical supports from China and other international donors. The ASEAN Transport Ministers encouraged China to sponsor those projects that have not secured technical and funding assistance.
4. The Ministers welcomed the signing of the MOU on the ASEAN-China Maritime Consultation Mechanism (ACMCM) that would strengthen ASEAN-China friendly relationship and cooperation in the maritime sector, covering the areas of port state control, marine environmental protection against pollution, maritime transport security, aids to navigation, seafarers training and certification, and marine casualties and marine incident investigation, through among others, sharing experience and capacity building. The conclusion of the MOU on ACMCM will complement the ongoing activities under 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.
5. The Ministers concluded the ASEAN-China Air Transport Agreement (AC-ATA) and its Protocol 1 which would allow designated airlines of ASEAN to provide air services from any city with international airport in its territory to any city with international airport in the territory of China and vice versa with full third and fourth freedom traffic rights. In addition to its important role in supporting the establishment of the ASEAN-China Free Trade Area in 2010, this Agreement would also establish efficient and competitive international air transportation between ASEAN and China to enhance trade, the welfare of consumers and economic growth. The Ministers agreed that further ASEAN-China air transport liberalisation be achieved progressively using a step-by-step approach. In this regard, the Ministers tasked their senior officials to pursue expansion of the Agreement to include fifth freedom traffic rights through the conclusion of the subsequent protocols, and report the progress at the 10th ATM+China Meeting in 2011.
6. The Ministers noted the outcomes of the following ASEAN-China Transport events/meetings held in 2010:
- The Fourth ASEAN-China Working Group Meeting on Regional Air Services Arrangements held on 12-14 May 2010, Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, China;
- The ASEAN-China Workshop on Port Facility Security (PFS) held on 26-30 July 2010 in Beijing, China;
- The ASEAN-China Workshop on Secondary Roads Linking to ASEAN Highways held on 30-31 August 2010 in Guangzhou, China;
- The First Working Group Meeting on the Implementation of the Strategic Plan for ASEAN-China Transport Cooperation held on 1-3 September 2010 in Guangzhou, China;
- The Sixth Meeting of ASEAN-China Maritime Consultation Mechanism held on 20-21 October 2010 in Nanning, China; and
- Six Scholarships for Master Programme with More Selections of Majors Eligible for ASEAN Member Countries’ personnel to Dalian Maritime University.
7. The Ministers welcomed the following projects/activities for implementation in 2011:
- The Fifth ASEAN-China Working Group Meeting on Regional Air Services Arrangements;
- The Second Working Group Meeting on the Implementation of the Strategic Plan for ASEAN-China Transport Cooperation;
- The Seventh Meeting of ASEAN-China Maritime Consultation Mechanism;
- The 2nd Asia-Europe (ASEM) Transport Ministers Meeting; and
- Scholarship for Master Programme in Dalian Maritime University.
8. The Tenth ASEAN and China Transport Ministers Meeting will be held 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) H.E. Mr. Feng Zhenglin, Vice Minister of Transport of the People’s Republic of China;
(d) Mr. Moh. Iksan Tatang, Secretary General, 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) H.E. Dato’ Seri Kong Cho Ha, Minister of Transport of Malaysia;
(g) H.E. U Thein Swe, Minister of Transport of Myanmar;
(h) H.E. Mr. Jose P. De Jesus, Secretary of Transportation and Communications of the Philippines;
(i) H.E. Mr. Raymond Lim Siang Keat, Minister for Transport of Singapore;
(j) Mr. Silpachai Jarukasemratana, Deputy Permanent Secretary, representing H.E. Mr. Sophon Zaram, 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