1. The Fifteenth ASEAN Transport Ministers (ATM) Meeting was held on 10 December 2009 in Ha Noi, Viet Nam. The Meeting was chaired by H.E. Ho Nghia Dzung, Minister of Transport of Viet Nam. H.E. Pehin Dato Abu Bakar Apong, Minister of Communications of Brunei Darussalam, acted as the Vice-Chairperson.
2. H.E. Nguyen Tan Dung, Prime Ministers of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam officially opened the Fifteenth ASEAN Transport Ministers Meeting. In his Keynote Speech, the Prime Minister underscored the importance of transport connectivity in realising the three-pillar ASEAN Community in 2015. This takes on greater significance in the context of strengthened cooperation for economic recovery in the period of global economic crisis. ASEAN needs to double efforts to enhance the connectivity among Member States. He hoped that at this ATM, the ASEAN Transport Ministers would come up with strategic ideas and targets for the development of transport in ASEAN as well as to agree on specific measures for implementation.
Enhancing Region’s Connectivity
3. The Ministers welcomed the adoption of the Statement on ASEAN Connectivity by the ASEAN Leaders at the 15th ASEAN Summit held on 23-25 October 2009 in Cha-Am Hua Hin, Thailand, that would contribute in promoting ASEAN centrality in the regional architecture, facilitating the building of an ASEAN Community that is competitive and increasingly interlinked with the wider Asia-Pacific region and the world, and serving as a foundation for a more enhanced East Asian connectivity. The Ministers acknowledged the progress in the development of the ASEAN Strategic Transport Plan (ASTP) 2011-2015 that would support the realisation of the ASEAN Connectivity and the establishment of the ASEAN Economic Community in 2015. The ASTP would also provide the vision of ASEAN transport cooperation beyond 2015. The Ministers noted the role of the Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA) in this undertaking.
Further Opening-up the ASEAN Skies
4. The Ministers welcomed the entry into force in October 2009 of the ASEAN Multilateral Agreement on Air Services and the ASEAN Multilateral Agreement on the Full Liberalisation of Air Freight Services, which were concluded last year at the 14th ATM. The Ministers expected that the implementation of these Agreements and their implementing protocols will provide the competitive space and opportunities for greater expansion of air travel within the ASEAN region, in terms of more destinations, increased capacities and lower fares. The business community and travelling public would greatly benefit from unrestricted access to all ASEAN cities for cargo services and to all ASEAN capital cities for passenger services.
5. The Ministers commended the senior transport officials for their efforts in finalising the ASEAN Multilateral Agreement on the Full Liberalisation of Passenger Air Services (MAFLPAS) and its Protocols, which further expand the scope of the ASEAN Multilateral Agreement on Air Services to include other ASEAN cities. The Ministers endorsed in principle the text of the Agreement and its associated Protocols, and encouraged all Member States to complete the domestic procedures for its signing by next year.
6. The Ministers concluded and signed the Protocol to implement the 6th Package of Air Transport Services Commitments under the AFAS and its Annex which further deepen and broaden Member States’ commitments in liberalising air transport ancillary services in the region.
Maritime Transport Integration
7. The Ministers were pleased to note the progress of the integration of ASEAN maritime transport through the steady implementation of measures set out in the Roadmap towards an Integrated and Competitive Maritime Transport in ASEAN. The Ministers noted the development of the strategy framework for the development of ASEAN Single Shipping Market and looked forward to deliberate on the recommendations at their next meeting.
8. The Ministers welcomed the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation Relating to Marine Casualty and Marine Incident Safety Investigations by their respective maritime transport authorities, which lays out a framework for strengthening cooperation and mutual assistance of ASEAN Member States in marine safety investigation.
Seamless Transportation of Regional Goods
9. The Ministers commended their senior officials for the successful outcomes of the Inaugural Meeting of ASEAN Transit Transport Coordinating Board (TTCB) held on 5-6 November 2009 at the ASEAN Secretariat, Jakarta, Indonesia. This was an important step in speeding up the completion of all necessary regulatory and procedural foundations for the implementation of the ASEAN Framework Agreement on the Facilitation of Goods in Transit (AFAFGT), ASEAN Framework Agreement on Multimodal Transport (AFAMT), and ASEAN Framework Agreement on the Facilitation of Inter-State Transport (AFAFIST) to facilitate seamless movement of goods in the region.
Ensuring Road Safety
10. The Ministers emphasised the importance of addressing the pressing road safety issues experienced by most ASEAN Member States and lauded the establishment of the ASEAN Multi Sector Road Safety Special Working Group that would further strengthen the institutional capacity in ASEAN Member States to tackle road safety issues more effectively by developing appropriate activities, systems and coordination mechanisms, including training key professionals skills and techniques across the region. The Ministers noted the ASEAN Road Safety Declaration in support of the Global Decade of Action on Road Safety 2011-2020 issued on 18 November 2009 in Moscow, Russia.
Green ASEAN Transport
11. The Ministers affirmed the importance of pursuing sustainable transport programmes to increase energy efficiency and reducing consumption and emissions in the transport sector. In this regard, the Ministers agreed to implement measures to mitigate climate change especially in the land transport sector and promotion of energy efficiency and sustainable urban transport in ASEAN cities.
Cooperation with Dialogue Partners
12. The Ministers noted the progress of ASEAN-Japan cooperation through the implementation of the Manila Action Plan including activities on environment improvement in the transport sector and transport statistics. The Ministers also acknowledged the development of ASEAN-China transport cooperation through implementation of the Strategic Plan for ASEAN and China Transport Cooperation and ASEAN-China Maritime Transport Agreement, and looked forward to the conclusion of the MOU on the ASEAN-China Maritime Consultation Mechanism and the ASEAN-China Air Transport Agreement.
13. The Ministers welcomed the formal establishment of transport cooperation with the Republic of Korea, and the convening of the First ATM–ROK Meeting held on 11 December 2009.
14. The Ministers expressed their sincere appreciation to the Government and people of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam for the warm hospitality accorded to the delegations and the excellent arrangements made for the meeting. The Ministers agreed to hold the 16th ATM in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam in 2010.
15. The 15th ASEAN Transport Ministers Meeting was held in traditional spirit of ASEAN cordiality and solidarity.
LIST OF MINISTERS
(a) H.E. Pehin Dato Abu Bakar Apong, Minister of Communications for Brunei Darussalam;
(b) H.E. Mr. Tram Ivtek, Minister of Public Works and Transport of Cambodia;
(c) H.E. Mr. Freddy Numberi, Minister for Transportation of Indonesia;
(d) H.E. Mr. Sommad Pholsena, Minister of Public Works and Transport of Lao PDR;
(e) H.E. Dato’ Sri Ong Tee Keat, Minister of Transport for Malaysia;
(f) H.E. Maj. Gen. Thein Swe, Minister of Transport for Myanmar;
(g) H.E. Gen. Leandro R. Mendoza (Ret.), Secretary of Transportation and Communications for the Philippines;
(h) H.E. Mr. Raymond Lim Siang Keat, Minister for Transport of Singapore;
(i) H.E. Mr. Prajak Glawgraharn, Deputy Minister of Transport of Thailand;
(j) H.E. Mr. Ho Nghia Dzung, Minister of Transport of Viet Nam; and
(k) H.E. Mr. Sundram Pushpanathan, Deputy Secretary-General for ASEAN Economic Community, ASEAN Secretariat