Meeting on automotive products

Rokiah Mahmud

Brunei Darussalam recently participated in three virtual meetings – the Special Meeting of the Automotive Product Working Group (APWG), the Special Meeting of the Task Force for MRA on Type Approval of Automotive Products (TFMRA) and the EU-ASEAN Business Council (EU-ABC) Automotive Workshop – which are annually held to discuss policy support measures and directions regarding automotive products in the region.

The three-day event began with the EU-ABC Automotive Workshop, co-chaired by the EU-ABC and the Malaysian Ministry of Transportation, followed by the Special Meeting of the TFMRA, chaired by the Malaysian Ministry of Transportation and the Special Meeting of the APWG, chaired by the Land Transport Department (LTD).

The Brunei delegation, led by the senior JPD officer, comprised officers from the JPD and the National Standards Centres of the Ministry of Finance and Economy (MoFE).

Among the highlights of the event was the attainment of full authority from the nine members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to sign the ASEAN Mutual Recognition Agreement on Type Approval of Automotive Products (APMRA) by ad referendum. Once enforced, automotive products that have been certified by the technical services will no longer need to be re-verified by the ASEAN member states that import the products.

The agreement includes the establishment of an ASEAN Automotive Committee (AAC) and cooperation on developments in standards, regulations and certification of automotive products, intelligent transport system (ITS).