1. The Transport Ministers of ASEAN Member States and Japan met for the 9th ASEAN and Japan Transport Ministers Meeting (ATM+Japan) in Phnom Penh, Kingdom of Cambodia on 16 December 2011. H.E. Mr. Tram Iv Tek, Minister of Public Works and Transport of the Kingdom of Cambodia and H.E. Mr. Takashi Kitamura, Vice-Minister for Transport, Tourism and International Affairs, Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism of Japan co-chaired the Meeting.
2. The Ministers expressed satisfaction with the notable progress made in implementing the ASEAN-Japan Transport Partnership (AJTP). The ASEAN Ministers appreciated Japan’s continued support in advancing ASEAN’s transportation sector under the AJTP framework. The Japanese Minister reaffirmed Japan’s determination to work closely with ASEAN Member States in the spirit of “work together, advance together” for the further development of transport in ASEAN region and Japan.
3. The Ministers agreed to implement the AJTP Work Plans for 2011–2012, including the “Automobile Technical Cooperation Project on Safety and Environment” and “Action Plan on Environment Improvement”, as specified under the Manila Action Plan. The ASEAN Ministers acknowledged Japan’s support for enhancing ASEAN connectivity and integration which has become an integral part of the AJTP Work Plans.
4. The Ministers endorsed a new initiative on “ASEAN-Japan Logistics Partnership” proposed by Japan to promote efficient logistics in ASEAN. With the establishment of the ASEAN Economic Community, the flow of goods is expected to increase in this region. Therefore, the Ministers emphasised that efficiency in logistics is one of the most important factors to realise further economic development, environmentally-friendly and livable society. The Ministers noted that this initiative would include cooperation in undertaking the Study on Roll-On/Roll-Off (RO-RO) Network and Short Sea Shipping, technical cooperation in the field of Port Electronic Data Interchange (Port EDI), a cooperative programme to promote palletisation in ASEAN and promotion of Human Resource Development in collaboration with educational institutions.
5. In accordance with the “Operational Guideline of the ASEAN-Japan Transport Statistics Database” which was endorsed at the 7th ATM+Japan in 2009, the Ministers welcomed the “Opening of the AJTP Information Center to the Public” on 26 December 2011. The AJTP Information Center, as a reliable transport statistics database, would serve as an analytical tool for facilitating policy making in the transport sector.
6. The Ministers welcomed Japan’s proposal for convening the “Ad-hoc Expert Meeting for Cooperation on Disaster Prevention in Transport Sector”, which aims to share information and experiences on natural disaster prevention in transport sectors between ASEAN and Japan. The Ministers shared the view that it was very important to prepare for future natural disasters in advance through learning lessons from our experiences of the past disasters. The Ministers looked forward for the successful convening of the experts meeting which will be held in Tokyo early next year.
7. The 10th ATM+Japan Meeting will be convened in Indonesia in 2012.