The development of the ASEAN Transport facilitation matters within the region, including ongoing initiatives, is among the core agenda of the 36th ASEAN Transport Facilitation Working Group Meeting. Another issue is addressing the challenges in the implementation of transport development facilities so as to ensure compliance with commitments. The Acting Land Transport Director rolled out the agenda at the opening of the TFWG Meeting yesterday morning.

Pengiran Mohammad Amirrizal bin Pengiran Haji Mahmud hoped the meeting will come up with positive deliverables to be reported to the 46th ASEAN Senior Transport Officials Meeting and the 24th ASEAN Transport Ministers Meeting to be held early next month. He urged ASEAN member states to put more commitment to expedite the ratification and implementation of a number of regional agreements in order to meet the timeline specified under the Kuala Lumpur Transport Strategic Plan 2016-2025. TFWG need to closely cooperate with customs officials to enhance better preparation for the timely implementation of the live run of ACTS Pilot Roll-Out in Malaysia-Singapore-Thailand and CLMVT countries.

TFWG will also deliberate on the implementation of the newly-signed ASEAN Framework Agreement on Cross-Border Transport of Passengers by Road Vehicles, CBTP. The framework will facilitate seamless cross-border mobility of passengers between and among ASEAN member states, which would enhance people-to-people connectivity as well as stimulate trade, tourism and investment. The three-day meeting is attended by delegates from ASEAN and the ASEAN Secretariat, the ASEAN Regional Integration Support by the EU (ARISE) as the ASEAN Dialogue Partner, as well as the transport associations. Another area of discussion is providing an opportunity for ASEAN and the private sector representatives to discuss their respective cross-cutting issues and concerns, and to exchange views in order to narrow the transport facilitation gap.

Source: Radio Television Brunei