1. The Transport Ministers of ASEAN and Japan met for the Sixth ASEAN and Japan Transport Ministers Meeting (ATM+Japan) in Manila, Philippines on 7 November 2008. H.E. Secretary Leandro R. Mendoza of the Department of Transportation and Communications for the Philippines chaired the Meeting with H.E. Mr. Masafumi Shukuri, Vice-Minister for Transport, Tourism and International Affairs, Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism of Japan as Co-Chairperson.

2. The Ministers were pleased with the outcome of the assessment work and the associated future actions and recommendations developed under the Manila Action Plan for the ASEAN-Japan Transport Partnership (AJTP) 2009-2013. This plan contains a policy-oriented framework for cooperation in four policy areas to advance regional economic integration and at the same time take into account the emerging global and regional issues. In this regard, the Ministers agreed to intensify efforts to promote the “Manila Action Plan” in the years to come.

3. The Ministers were also pleased with the remarkable progress made in the implementation of the AJTP projects. The Ministers welcomed the work plans for 2008–2009, in the four policy pillars of Transport Logistics, Safety and Security, Environment, and Common Infrastructure. In particular, the Ministers endorsed two important initiatives, first the “ASEAN-Japan Eco-Airport Guideline,” and second the “ASEAN-Japan Seafarers Training Cooperative Program.”

4. The ASEAN-Japan Eco-Airport Guideline will reinforce policies and measures which are vital for improving the environment conditions of airports in the ASEAN-Japan region. Issues such as air pollution, noise and vibration, as well as energy consumption and recycling are being addressed as part of the guideline for administrative work such as operations, maintenance and repairs, etc., of each airport concerned.

5. The ASEAN-Japan Seafarers Training Cooperative Program aimed to enhance the expertise of ASEAN seafarers in the areas of specialization, competencies and training standards. Under this new cooperative framework, ASEAN and Japan will initiate three major projects for multi-sectoral collaboration and partnerships among the concerned government agencies and private and academic sectors.

6. The Ministers welcomed Japan’s new proposals for developing action plan on environment improvement measures in the transport sector for consideration at the next ATM+Japan Meeting.

7. The Seventh ATM+Japan Meeting will be held in Viet Nam in 2009.

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LIST OF MINISTERS

(a) H.E. Pehin Dato Abu Bakar Apong, Minister of Communications for Brunei Darussalam;
(b) H.E. Mr. Tauch Chankosal, Secretary of State, Ministry of Public Works and Transport of Cambodia;
(c) H.E. Mr. Jusman Syafii Djamal, Minister for Transportation of Indonesia;
(d) H.E. Mr. Masafumi Shukuri, Vice-Minister for Transport, Tourism and International Affairs, Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism for Japan
(e) H.E. Mr. Sommad Pholsena, Minister of Public Works and Transport of Lao PDR;
(f) H.E. Dato’ Sri Ong Tee Keat, Minister of Transport for Malaysia;
(g) H.E. Maj. Gen. Thein Swe, Minister of Transport for Myanmar;
(h) H.E. Mr. Leandro R. Mendoza, Secretary of Transportation and Communications for the Philippines;
(i) H.E. Mr. Raymond Lim Siang Keat, Minister for Transport for Singapore;
(j) H.E. Mr. Varawut Silpa-archa, Deputy Minister of Transport of Thailand;
(k) H.E. Mr. Ho Nghia Dzung, Minister of Transport of Viet Nam; and
(l) Mr. Honorio R. Vitasa, Cluster Director, ASEAN Secretariat

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List of ASEAN and Japan Transport Partnership Projects

(Transport Logistics)
AJTF-1: ASEAN-Japan Logistics Project
NEW: Support of Sub-Regional Logistics Training Center Project
NEW: Support of “Roadmap Towards an Integrated and Competitive Maritime Transport in ASEAN”

(Safety and Security)
AJAT-1: ASEAN-Japan New Air Navigation System
AJAT-2: ASEAN-Japan Aviation Security Project
AJMT-1: ASEAN-Japan Seafarers Policy Cooperation
AJMT-2: ASEAN-Japan Maritime Transport Security Program
AJMT-6: ASEAN-Japan Port Technology Joint Research Project
AJLT-2: ASEAN-Japan Intelligent Transport System Development
AJLT-3: Automobile Technical Cooperation Project on Safety and Environment
AJLT-8: ASEAN-Japan Road Transport Safety Project

(Environment)
AJAT-1: ASEAN-Japan New Air Navigation System
AJAT-3: ASEAN-Japan Airport Study Project
AJMT-5: ASEAN “Mega-Float” Promotion Project
AJMT-6: ASEAN-Japan Port Technology Joint Research Project
AJLT-1: ASEAN-Japan Public Transport Smart Card Initiative
AJLT-2: ASEAN-Japan Intelligent Transport System Development
AJLT-3: Automobile Technical Cooperation Project on Safety and Environment
AJLT-5: ASEAN Railways Revival Plan
AJLT-6: Urban Public Transport Policy Framework
AJLT-7: ASEAN-Japan Alternative Fuel Project for Transport Sector
NEW:  Work of Environment Related New Activities

(Common Infrastructure and Others)
AJOA-1: Transport Policy Officials Training Program in Japan
AJOA-2: ASEAN-Japan Transport Information Platform Project
AJMT-3: ASEAN-Japan Cruise Promotion Program