Several follow-up decisions, policies and directions needed for the development of transport infrastructures and industries were discussed during the 49th ASEAN Senior Transport Officials Meeting or 49th STOM. The meeting also discussed developments in further strengthening transport linkages and connectivity to enhance regional integration and competitiveness of ASEAN. This year, Brunei Darussalam was the chair and host for the two meetings held via ‘video conferencing’.
The 49th STOM was chaired by Haji Mohammad Nazri bin Haji Mohammad Yusof, Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Transport and Infocommunications, and participated by representatives from ASEAN member countries and the ASEAN Secretariat. Brunei Darussalam’s delegation was led by Pengiran Haji Mohd. Zain bin Pengiran Haji Abd. Razak, Acting Deputy Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Transport and Infocommunications.
Apart from that, the meeting also reviewed identified projects and initiatives of the ASEAN transport sector to be delivered in 2020. Amongst the deliverables are as follows:
1) Conclusion of the ASEAN-New Zealand Air Services Agreement;
2) Signing of the ASEAN-EU Comprehensive Air Transport Agreement (CATA);
3) Launching of the ASEAN Land Transport Network Map;
4) Adoption of the “Guidelines for improving standard procedure for reporting road crashes
in ASEAN Member States based on UN standards;
5) Adoption of Guidelines for Maintenance of Navigation Channel;
6) Adoption of Guidelines for Safety Measures with Ships’ Routeing;
7) Mid-term Review of the ASEAN Transport Strategic Plan for 2016-2025 (Kuala Lumpur
Transport Strategic Plan); and
8) Endorsement of the reviewed version of ASEAN Air Traffic Management (ATM) Master
The meeting also served as a platform to discuss and share the initiatives and actions taken by the ASEAN Member States in addressing the COVID-19 outbreak. The meeting was followed by the Ad Hoc Meeting of ASEAN and China Senior Transport Officers (STOM plus China), co-chaired by Haji Mohammad Nazri bin Haji Mohammad Yusof, Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Transport and Infocommunications, and Mr. Zhang Xiaojie, Deputy Director-General, Department of International Cooperation, Ministry of Transport China. The Ad Hoc STOM and China Meeting was held specifically to discuss China’s proposal to hold the ASEAN and China Transport Ministers’ Special Meeting scheduled to be held in July 2020.
Source: Radio Television Brunei