| Ishan Ibrahim |
THE 9th BIMP-EAGA Transport Ministers’ Meeting (9th TMM) commenced yesterday at the International Convention Centre, with Brunei Darussalam as host country.
The Minister of Communications, Pehin Orang Kaya Hamzah Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Abdullah bin Begawan Mudim Dato Paduka Haji Bakar is the chairman of the 9th TMM.
Under its administration, the 9th TMM oversees the transport sector that included the air linkages working group, sea linkages working group and land transport working group.
Prior to the meeting, the Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Communications, Awg Abd Mutalib bin Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Setia Dato Paduka Haji Md Yusof chaired the Informal Senior Transport Officials’ meeting.
At the Transport Ministers’ Meeting, key issues were discussed that included the development of the transport sectors within the BIMP-EAGA, such as ongoing projects and initiatives.
The meeting also elaborated and discussed issues involved in the development of transport linkages in the sub-region, particularly in the implementation of measures envisaged in the signed Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs), on Cross-Border Movement of Commercial Buses and Coaches, Establishing and Promoting Efficient and Integrated Sea Linkages and Expansion of Air Linkages as well as Transit and Inter-State Transport of Goods.
The meeting adopted a more pragmatic, effective and concerted approach to examine and address the challenges in the implementation of transport development initiatives.
The meeting also discussed the importance of coordinated and multi-sectoral efforts in sub-regional transport development in stimulating trade, tourism and investment flows in the sub-region and in narrowing development gaps.
Hence the TMM’s focus was on enhancement of the transport sector with other BIMP-EAGA clusters such as tourism to ensure that projects and action plans are convergent and supportive of each other.
This is in line with the four main pillars of BIMP-EAGA – Connectivity, Food Basket, Tourism and Environment.
In addition, the meeting also provided an opportunity for the BIMP-EAGA member countries and private sector representatives to discuss their respective cross-cutting issues and concerns as well as to exchange views to create a more conducive business environment within the BIMP-EAGA region.
The private sector is seen as the main driver of growth in BIMP-EAGA region.
The meeting presents a forum for the private sector to develop EAGA projects that can contribute to the economic growth of the region.
The 9th BIMP-EAGA Transport Ministers’ Meeting was attended by participants from the government sector as well as the private sector.