1. The Second ASEAN and China Transport Ministers (ATM + China) Meeting was held on 25 October 2003 in Yangon, Myanmar. H.E. Maj. Gen. Hla Myint Swe, Minister of Transport for Myanmar and H.E. Mr. Zhang Chunxian, Minister of Communications of the People’s Republic of China, co-chaired the Second ATM + China.
2. The Ministers welcomed the signing of the Joint Declaration of the Heads of State/Government of the Member States of ASEAN and the People’s Republic of China on Strategic Partnership for Peace and Prosperity in the Ninth ASEAN Summit in Bali, Indonesia. This Declaration would serve as a blueprint for fostering the partnership between the ASEAN states and China for peace and prosperity. The Ministers also welcomed the signing of the Protocol to Amend the Framework Agreement on Comprehensive Economic Cooperation between ASEAN and China by the ASEAN and China economic ministers in Bali, accelerating the early harvest program of the ASEAN-China free trade area initiative.
3. The Ministers reviewed developments and were satisfied with the substantive progress on the ASEAN – China transport cooperation since the First ATM+China meeting.
4. The Ministers reaffirmed that building an integrated transport network for smooth and speedy movement of goods and people is a vital supporting infrastructure to an ASEAN-China free trade area. To effectively expand, enrich and improve the mechanism of ASEAN-China transport cooperation to support the ASEAN-China free trade area initiative, the Ministers agreed to upgrade and formalize transport relations in a more holistic and integrated manner, as well as lay the solid foundation for medium-to-long term transport cooperation.
5 To achieve this, the Ministers agreed to conclude a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on ASEAN-China Transport Cooperation. The Ministers tasked their senior officials to deliberate on the draft of the MOU and to submit the final draft for signing in the Third ATM + China Meeting or at the ASEAN-China Summit Meeting in 2004. The MOU will formalize policy dialogues and cooperative programs between ASEAN and China in transport infrastructure development and construction, transport facilitation, maritime safety, human resource development in maritime, land and inland waterways transport and civil aviation, railways cooperation, and information exchange.
6. The Ministers endorsed the implementation of the initial joint projects and activities covering port management and marketing, inland waterways regulation and joint table-top search and rescue exercise. These joint projects will be implemented in 2004-2005, with funding support from China.
7. The Third ATM + China Meeting would be held in Cambodia in October 2004.
List of Ministers
(i) H.E. Pehin Dato Haji Zakaria Sulaiman, Minister of Communications, Brunei Darussalam;
(ii) H.E. Mr. Chhin Kong Hean, Director General of Public Works and Transport, Cambodia;
(iii) H.E. Mr. Zhang Chunxian, Minister of Communications, People’s Republic of China;
(iv) H. E. Mr. Agum Gumelar, Minister of Communications, Indonesia;
(v) H.E. Mr. Bouathong Vonglokham, Minister of Communication, Transport, Post and Construction, Lao PDR;
(vi) H.E. Dato’ Chan Kong Choy, Minister of Transport, Malaysia;
(vii) H.E. Major General Hla Myint Swe, Minister of Transport, Myanmar;
(viii) H.E. Mr. Arturo T. Valdez, Deputy Minister of Transport, Philippines;
(ix) H.E. Mr. Yeo Cheow Tong, Minister for Transport, Singapore;
(x) H.E. Mr. Nikorn Chamnong, Deputy Minister of Transport, Thailand;
(xi) H.E. Mr. Pham The Minh, Vice Minister of Transport, Viet Nam; and
(xii) H.E. Mr. Ong Keng Yong, ASEAN Secretary General.