Minister of Transport and Infocommunications Dato Seri Setia Awang Abdul Mutalib bin Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Setia Dato Paduka Haji Mohd Yusof attended the 25th ASEAN Transport Ministers Meeting (25th ATM) and Associated Dialogue Partner Meetings in Hanoi, Viet Nam on November 14-15.
Officiated by Deputy Prime Minister of Vietnam Trinh Dinh Dung, the 25th ATM was chaired by Minister of Transport of Vietnam Nguyen Van The. Dato Seri Setia Awang Abdul Mutalib attended as the Vice-Chair to the 25th ATM.
Among the highlights of the meeting, the ATM endorsed the proposal to develop a Road Safety Principles document by 2020, including the compilation of videos to showcase ASEAN’s efforts in improving road safety and reducing road fatalities in the region. The video is to be launched during the 26th ATM in Brunei Darussalam in 2020.
The main highlights of the meeting were the signing of two key documents – The Protocol to Implement Eleventh Package of Commitments on Air Transport Services under ASEAN Framework Agreement on Services and The Protocol 3 on the Expansion of Fifth Freedom Traffic Rights Between Contracting Parties of the ASEAN China Air Transport Agreement (AC-ATA).
The Protocol to Implement Eleventh Package of Commitments on Air Transport Services aimed at enhancing cooperation to improve efficiency, competitiveness and supply of services, and liberalise further the air transport services among ASEAN member states. Protocol 3 is to further enhance air connectivity between ASEAN and China and designated airlines of the ASEAN member states will be given the traffic rights to provide services for a total of 36 destinations in China.
The transport ministers of ASEAN also held meetings with ASEAN Dialogue Partners; China, Japan and Republic of Korea to discuss and adopt joint initiatives in enhancing transport cooperation between ASEAN and the dialogue partners.
Dato Seri Setia Awang Abdul Mutalib also paid a courtesy call on Minister of Transport of Vietnam.
The 25th ATM was preceded by the 48th ASEAN Senior Transport Officials Meeting (48th STOM) and Associated Dialogue Partner Meetings, held from November 11-13.
Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Transport and Infocommunications Haji Mohammad Nazri bin Haji Mohammad Yusof led Brunei Darussalam’s delegation to the 48th STOM.
The meeting also saw the handing over of the ATM chairmanship to Brunei Darussalam where Brunei Darussalam will host the 26th ATM and Associated Dialogue Partner Meetings in November 2020.