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Hanoi hosting 25th ASEAN Transport Ministers Meeting

Released at: 15:44, 15/11/2019

Hanoi hosting 25th ASEAN Transport Ministers Meeting

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Meeting and related conferences with dialogue partners taking place on November 14-15 in Hanoi.

by Jessica Nguyen

The 25th ASEAN Transport Ministers Meeting (25th ATM) and related conferences with dialogue partners including China, Japan, and South Korea is taking place from November 14 to 15 in Hanoi.

Opening on November 14, the meeting sees the attendance of Deputy Prime Minister Trinh Dinh Dung, the Ministers of Transport of the ten ASEAN countries, Deputy Secretary-General of ASEAN for ASEAN Economic Community, Dr. Aladdin D. Rillo, and transport ministry leaders and dialogue partners.

There are some 250 delegates from ASEAN countries and partner countries attending, with Minister of Transport Nguyen Van The acting as Executive Chairman.

The ATM is an annual forum for ASEAN Transport Ministers and partners to meet, exchange, and unify assurances on building a connected, efficient, and integrated transportation network throughout ASEAN countries, contributing to the formation of a stable, prosperous, and highly competitive ASEAN economic region by 2020.

Speaking at the opening, Deputy Prime Minister Dung said ASEAN has become one of the most successful regional organizations in the world. With a population of over 640 million people, the size of the economy in 2018 reached nearly $3 trillion and ASEAN is the third-largest economy in Asia and sixth-largest in the world. The community has also introduced many initiatives and ideas for dialogue and cooperation regionally and internationally.

“ASEAN countries are striving to build the ASEAN Economic Community and have made many important achievements,” Deputy Prime Minister Dung said. “ASEAN has always considered connectivity and integration as one of the top priorities for the development of the ASEAN Economic Community. To achieve this goal, strengthening connections in transportation is necessary and important.”

“As Chairman of ASEAN 2020, Vietnam is committed to continuing to play its role and contribute more substantially to the process of building and developing the ASEAN Community in a coherent and proactive manner, towards a harmonized, stable, and prosperous region.”

The 25th ATM is focusing on discussing four key issues.

Firstly, completing the procedures to sign multilateral governmental documents to enhance transport connectivity in ASEAN and between ASEAN and partner countries.

At the meeting, Ministers are expected to sign a protocol on implementing the 11th Package of Commitments on air transport services under the ASEAN Framework Agreement on Services to facilitate the implementation of the Agreement to further liberalization of aviation ancillary services in the region, and Protocol No. 3 on expanding the fifth transportation right between the signatories of the ASEAN-China Air Transport Agreement to enhance air connectivity between ASEAN and China, thereby promoting trade development, tourism, investment, economy, and society.

The second issue is hearing a report on the overall implementation of programs and projects under the Kuala Lumpur Transport Strategic Plan 2016-2025 (ASEAN Transport Development Strategy Plan) in the fields air transport, maritime transport, land transport, and transport facilitation.

In particular, the meeting focuses on strengthening ASEAN’s aviation market; promote the implementation of ASEAN Framework Agreements on transport facilitation; enhance road traffic safety in ASEAN; and move towards greater integration and connectivity in maritime transport.

Thirdly, the meeting will approve projects / plans / action plans within the framework of ASEAN Transport Cooperation in 2020.

Fourthly, the ministers will exchange to promote transportation cooperation with dialogue partners including China, Japan, South Korea, and other partners (the EU, the US-ASEAN Business Council) in all areas of transportation, especially in aviation cooperation.

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