1. The Seventeenth ASEAN Transport Ministers (ATM) Meeting was held on 15 December 2011 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. H.E. Mr. Tram Iv Tek, Minister of Public Works and Transport of Cambodia presided over the Meeting, with H.E. Mr. E.E. Mangindaan, Minister for Transportation of Indonesia as Vice-Chairperson.
Achieving ASEAN Community.
2. The Ministers were guided by the ASEAN Leaders’ decision made at the 19th ASEAN Summit to accelerate and ensure significant progress in achieving the ASEAN Community; to ensure that the regional architecture and regional environment remain conducive to development; and to enhance ASEAN’s role in the global community by adopting and signing the Bali Declaration on ASEAN Community in a Global Community of Nations.
3. The Ministers looked forward to the realisation of the commitments made by the Leaders of Dialogue Partners at the related Summits held in November 2011 in Bali to support ASEAN in the implementation of the prioritised transport related projects under Master Plan on ASEAN Connectivity (MPAC).
4. The Ministers applauded the efforts made by the senior officials and its working groups in strengthening the competitiveness of ASEAN Economic Community and expediting the realisation of the ASEAN Connectivity through the implementation of the Brunei Action Plan (BAP)/ASEAN Strategic Transport Plan (ASTP) 2011-2015 and transport related measures under the MPAC. The Ministers were pleased with the notable progress in implementing the various measures under the BAP/ASTP and MPAC. The Ministers were also pleased with the active participation of the private sector organisations comprising ASEAN freight forwarders, ship-owners, port authorities and ASEAN national airlines in the implementation of transport projects, programmes and activities.
Enhanced ASEAN Air Connectivity.
5. The Ministers welcomed the entry into force of the ASEAN Multilateral Agreement on the Full Liberalisation of Passenger Air Services (MAFLPAS) and its two Protocols signed on 12 November 2010 in Brunei Darussalam. The MAFLPAS would further facilitate and enhance air services as well as complement the transport facilitation and liberalisation efforts. The MAFLPAS together with the RIATS (Roadmap for Integration of Air Travel Sector) Agreements – Multilateral Agreement on Air Services and Multilateral Agreement on the Full Liberalisation of Air Freight Services 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.
6. The Ministers issued the Declaration on the Adoption of the Implementation Framework of the ASEAN Single Aviation Market (ASAM), one of the key strategies under the MPAC and the BAP. The Implementation Framework is a significant undertaking that will guide the key work of ASEAN in the aviation sector over the next four years and beyond 2015. The implementation of ASAM would include areas such as air services liberalisation, the alignment of aviation safety and security standards and practices, and the harmonisation of air traffic management in support of the ASAM. The Ministers tasked the ASEAN Senior Transport Officials, supported by the ASEAN Secretariat, to coordinate and oversee the implementation of the Framework of ASAM and to report the progress on a regular basis.
7. In line with the targets and timelines of the ASEAN Economic Community Blueprint adopted at the 13th ASEAN Summit held on 21 November 2007 in Singapore that, amongst others, provided for the liberalisation of trade in services through consecutive rounds of liberalisation ending in 2015, the Ministers signed the Protocol to Implement the Seventh Package of Commitments on Air Transport Services under the ASEAN Framework Agreement on Services.
European Union Emissions Trading Scheme
8. The Ministers supported the ASEAN Secretary-General’s communication to the European Commission to register ASEAN’s objections to the unilateral and mandatory extension of the European Union Emissions Trading Scheme to include all flights by non-European Union carriers, including those of carriers of ASEAN Member States, operating to and from European Union Member States. Recognising the essential role that aviation plays in economic progress and market access for the ASEAN Member States and thereby the importance of its sustainable development, the Ministers also supported the leadership of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) in addressing the impact of international aviation on climate change, including developing a global framework for market-based measures. The Ministers urged the European Union and its Member States to work collaboratively with the rest of the international community to address aviation emissions under the leadership of the ICAO. Seamless Transportation of Goods within the Region.
9. The Ministers signed the Protocol 6 on Railways Border and Interchange Stations under the ASEAN Framework Agreement on Facilitation of Goods in Transit (AFAFGIT). This is a substantial milestone in ASEAN’s endeavour to facilitate cross border movement of goods trains within the region. Connecting and transit services on railway lines linking the territories of ASEAN Member States would be performed at designated railways border and interchange stations.
10. On the implementation of ASEAN Transit Transport Coordinating Board (TTCB) Overall Work Plan which contains detailed activities for the implementation of ASEAN Framework Agreement on the Facilitation of Goods in Transit, ASEAN Framework Agreement on Multimodal Transport, and ASEAN Framework Agreement on the Facilitation of Inter-State Transport, the Ministers recognised that the involvement of other ASEAN sectoral bodies, namely the ASEAN Customs Procedure and Trade Facilitation Working Group (CPTFWG), the ASEAN Committee on Sanitary and Phytosanitary (AC-SPS), and the ASEAN Council of Bureaux (CoB) is essential. In this regard, the Ministers encouraged those ASEAN sectoral bodies to look into the implementation of the parts relevant to their respective purview and establish effective coordination with TTCB.
Seamless Maritime Transport Network.
11. In enhancing the connectivity of archipelagic ASEAN, the Ministers welcomed the conduct of the “Master Plan Study and Feasibility Study on the Establishment of an ASEAN Roll-On/Roll-Off (RO-RO) Shipping Network and Short Sea Shipping” which aims to assess the viability of establishing RO-RO routes within ASEAN that will link mainland and archipelagic regions in order to provide a seamless inter-modal transport system for ASEAN. The Ministers shared the view that the development of a RO-RO shipping network could, among others, promote greater competition by expanding the port network, improve transport logistics efficiency, and enhance regional trade by increasing the number of route served. Noting that this Study is one of the 15 prioritised projects under MPAC, the Ministers observed that STOM needs to be in close coordination with ASEAN Connectivity Coordinating Committee (ACCC) in order to develop a fully-integrated ASEAN RO-RO Network. The Ministers also encouraged the private sector’s participation in this important project.
12. The Ministers noted that the work on formulating an ASEAN Single Shipping Market (ASSM) Implementing Strategy was being carried out by Maritime Transport Working Group. The Ministers therefore encouraged the substantive contribution from all ASEAN Member States in identifying the barriers and obstacles to the establishment of an ASEAN Single Shipping Market and looked forward to its final report next year.
Transport Partnership with Dialogue Partners.
13. The Ministers were gratified with the progress of implementation of the various strategic programmes under ASEAN transport partnerships with China, Japan and ROK over the last year. The Ministers expressed gratitude for their technical assistance and support to move forward ASEAN transport cooperation. The Ministers also expressed appreciation to Germany and EU for their technical support in the implementation of Sustainable Port Development in the ASEAN Region Project and ASEAN Regional Integration Support by the EU (ARISE), respectively. The Ministers looked forward to the expeditious implementation of the ASEAN Air Transport Integration Project (AATIP), which will kick-start transport cooperation with the EU and assist in ASEAN’s undertaking to establish the ASAM.
14. With China, the Ministers noted the good progress reached by both sides and urged them to keep up the momentum and make progress on the exchange of 5th freedom traffic rights when they next meet in 2012. With Japan, the Ministers looked forward to the adoption of the “ASEAN-Japan Logistics Partnership” at the 9th ATM+Japan Meeting. With ROK, the Ministers reiterated their calls to start discussions on air services liberalisation between ASEAN and ROK through the establishment of ASEAN-ROK Working Group on Regional Air Services Arrangement, so that both sides could conclude a full open skies arrangement that includes the liberalisation of 3rd, 4th and 5th freedom traffic rights. The Ministers tasked their senior officials to follow through and report progress at the 4th ATM+ROK. With India, the Ministers tasked their senior officials to expedite the air transport discussions in order to conclude the agreement/protocol at the earliest possible opportunity. The Ministers also welcomed India’s commitment to the development of the India-Myanmar-Thailand trilateral highway, its extension to Lao PDR and Cambodia and the new India-Myanmar-Lao PDR-Viet Nam-Cambodia highway, and looked forward to further strengthening ASEAN-India cooperation on transport including convening the ASEAN-India Transport Ministers’ meeting at an appropriate time.
15. The Ministers expressed their sincere appreciation to the Government and people of the Kingdom of Cambodia for the warm hospitality accorded to the delegations and the excellent arrangements made for the Meeting. The Ministers will meet for the 18th ATM in Indonesia in 2012.
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. E.E. Mangindaan, 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 Nyan Htun Aung, Union Minister for Transport of Myanmar;
(g) H.E. Mr. Efren C. Moncupa, Undersecretary, Department of Transportation and Communications of the Philippines;
(h) H.E. Mr. Lui Tuck Yew, Minister for Transport of Singapore;
(i) H.E. Pol.Lt.Gen. Chatt Kuldiloke, Deputy Minister of Transport of Thailand;
(j) H.E. Mr. Dinh La Thang, Minister of Transport of Viet Nam; and
(k) Dr. Somsak Pipoppinyo, Director, Finance, Industry and Infrastructure Directorate, representing H.E. Dr. Surin Pitsuwan, Secretary-General of ASEAN.