1. The ASEAN and China Transport Ministers (ATM+China) met at their 10th Meeting held on 16 December 2011 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The Meeting was preceded by the Tenth ASEAN and China Senior Transport Officials Meeting (10thSTOM+China) held on 14 December 2011. The Meeting was co-chaired byH.E. Mr. Tram IvTek, Minister of Public Works and Transport of Cambodia and H.E.Mr.FengZhenglin, Vice Minister of Transport of the People’s Republic of China.
2. The Ministers were guided bythe outcomes of the 14th ASEAN-China Summit held on 18November 2011 in Bali, especially on the expansion of ASEAN-China cooperation coverage, including transport. The Ministers were pleased to note the proposal of China to establish an ASEAN-China Committee on Connectivity Cooperation and to enhance maritime connectivity between ASEAN and China raised at the Summit.
3. The Ministers noted China’s commitmentexpressed at the 14th ASEAN-China Summit to support the Master Plan on ASEAN Connectivity and thus look forward to the development of concrete ASEAN-China projects and activities.The ASEAN Ministers encouraged China to align those transport projects and activities with the Strategic Plan for ASEAN-China Transport Cooperation endorsed by the 8thATM+China, which would significantly enhance international and cross-border transportation including facilitation in key ASEAN-China Transport Corridors.
4. The Ministers noted the steady progress of ASEAN-China Maritime Cooperation through fruitful exchange of informationunder the ASEAN-China Maritime Consultation Mechanism, covering the implementation of maritime transport related international conventions including the Maritime Labour Convention and the 2010 Manila Amendments to the STCW Convention. The Ministers encouraged their senior officials to further strengthen communication and cooperation among maritime Administrations of ASEAN Member States and China Maritime Safety Administration towards promoting greater capacity building programmes, and enhancing the quality of the seafaring profession.
5. The Ministers were pleased with the entry into force of the ASEAN-China Air Transport Agreement and its Protocol 1 as this is a significant milestone in ASEAN-China transport cooperation.Through this Agreement and Protocol, designated airlines of ASEAN would be allowed 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. The Ministers noted the progress of discussion on Protocol 2 of AC-ATA that would expand the Agreement to include fifth freedom traffic rights. The Ministers requested their senior officials to exert best efforts to expedite the conclusion of this Protocol 2.
6. Recognising that the accomplishment of Singapore-Kunming Rail Link (SKRL) would have high and immediate impact on ASEAN-China connectivity, the Ministers reaffirmed their strong commitments on the completion of the SKRL project. The Ministers tasked their senior officials to exert the best efforts to accelerate work on SKRL and to look into the expansion of its coverage.
7. The Ministers noted the outcomes of the following ASEAN-China Transport events/meetings held in 2011: ? The Fifth ASEAN-China Working Group Meeting on Regional Air Services Arrangements held on 6-9 September 2011, Ningbo City, Zhejiang Province, China; ? The SeventhMeeting of ASEAN-China Maritime Consultation Mechanism held on 14 – 15 September 2011, Hangzhou, China; and ? Scholarships for Master Programme with More Selections of Majors Eligible for ASEAN Member Countries’ personnel to Dalian Maritime University.
8. The Ministers welcomed the following projects/activities for implementation in 2012: ? The SixthASEAN-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 EighthMeeting of ASEAN-China Maritime Consultation Mechanism; and ? Scholarship for Master Programme in Dalian Maritime University.
9. The Eleventh ASEAN and China Transport Ministers Meeting will be held in Indonesia in 2012.
LIST OF MINISTERS
(a) H.E. PehinDato 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.FengZhenglin, Vice Minister of Transport of the People’s Republic of China;
(d) H.E. Mr. E.E. Mangindaan, Minister for Transportation of Indonesia;
(e) H.E. Mr.SommadPholsena, 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 NyanHtunAung, Union Minister for Transport of Myanmar;
(h) H.E. Mr.Efren C. Moncupa, Undersecretary for Project Implementation and Special Concerns, Department of Transportation and Communications of the Philippines;
(i) H.E. Mr.Lui Tuck Yew, Minister for Transport of Singapore;
(j) H.E. Pol.Lt.Gen. ChattKuldiloke, Deputy Minister of Transport of Thailand;
(k) H.E. Mr.Dinh La Thang, Minister of Transport of Viet Nam; and
(l) Dr.SomsakPipoppinyo, Director, Finance, Industry and Infrastructure Directorate, representing H.E. Dr.SurinPitsuwan, Secretary-General of ASEAN.