JAKARTA/BRUSSELS, 27-28 April 2021 – The 2nd EU-ASEAN Workshop on Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) took place virtually over two days with speakers and participants including transport officials from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Member States (AMS) and the European Union (EU), ASEAN Secretariat, ITS experts and practitioners from Europe and ASEAN regions.

The event was opened by Grace Ong, Director, Transportation Technology Group, Land Transport Authority (LTA) of Singapore and Herald Ruijters, Director for Investment, Innovative & Sustainable Transport, Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport (DG MOVE), European Commission (EC). Closing remarks were given by Lukas Gajdos, Deputy Head of Mission, EU Mission to ASEAN.

The 2nd EU-ASEAN Workshop on ITS was supported by the Enhanced Regional EU-ASEAN Dialogue Instrument (E-READI), a development cooperation instrument that facilitates cooperation between the EU and ASEAN in priority policy areas of joint interest.

Through this workshop, the EU and ASEAN exchanged knowledge and experience between the two regions on ITS, and discussed challenges and opportunities for ITS development in ASEAN. It was also an opportunity for presenting and validating the findings and draft recommendations of a study entitled “ITS Study on the Recommendations for the Development of National ITS Master Plan”.

The study is dedicated to assessing ITS developments in ASEAN Member States, taking the existing regional and national-level initiatives into account, in order to provide recommendations on the steps needed to be taken by AMS to develop ITS National Masterplans and to ensure the interoperability of ITS implementation within the ASEAN region. In this context, deliberations at the workshop, including inputs from the participants on the study’s initial findings, provided insights on the status of ITS as well as challenges and opportunities for implementation in the region.

ITS experts presented the ITS Strategic Drivers relevant to ASEAN and EU, and participants further reflected upon the outcomes of the interviews and questionnaires. The study’s recommendations, which showcase best practices, cooperation platforms, funding mechanisms, monitoring ITS Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) and progress reporting tools, were also presented.

Interactive sessions elicited technical assistance that is required to follow up on recommendations and target future dialogue opportunities. The feedback collected during the interactive sessions will be used to finalise the study.

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For more information, please contact:

EU Mission to ASEAN, Programme Manager, Pierre Destexhe: Pierre.DESTEXHE@eeas.europa.eu

E-READI, Communication & Outreach Expert, Pema Domingo-Barker: ereadi@asean.org