Brunei Darussalam’s policies and strategies under the topic of Sustainable Transport were shared during the 24th ASEAN Transport Ministers Meeting (24th ATM) and its related meetings in Bangkok, Thailand.

During the meeting, Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Awang Abdul Mutalib bin Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Setia Dato Paduka Haji Mohd Yusof, Minister of Communications also highlighted others initiatives under the land and air transport sectors. For land transport, the Land Transport Master Plan (LTMP) outlines several strategies leading towards sustainable, equitable and efficient transportation and mobility in support of Brunei Wawasan 2035. Among the strategies are reducing dependency on cars through enhancing public transportation such as buses, taxis and water transports. Meanwhile for air transportation sector, as a member of the International Civil Aviation Organisation, (ICAO), Brunei Darussalam is now focusing on tackling aviation greenhouse gas emission.

The 24th ATM was officiated by His Excellency Retired General Prayut Chan-o-cha, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Thailand. The meeting is an annual platform at which Transport Ministers from all ASEAN Member States gather to discuss and decide to further transport co-operation within ASEAN and Dialogue Partners. The meeting also discussed on the progress of the ASEAN transport cooperation including the projects and initiatives in further improving connectivity and establishing a transportation system which is efficient, safe and sustainable in order to support the economic integration in achieving the ASEAN Economic Community.

Joining the delegation was His Excellency Awang Haji Ismail bin Haji Manap, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Brunei Darussalam to Thailand, and Doctor Haji Supry bin Haji Awang Ladi, Deputy Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Communications. The 24th ATM saw the conclusion and the signing of Protocol 4 under the ASEAN Multilateral Agreement on the Full Liberalisation of Passenger Air Services on “Co-Terminal Rights between Points within the Territory of Any Other ASEAN Member State”. This Protocol extends further the ASEAN Open Sky Policy in achieving the liberalisation and integration of air services. With this Protocol, airlines of the ASEAN Member States are given the traffic rights to provide services to two or more destinations in another ASEAN Member State where that service is part of an international service.

Apart from that, a number of other deliverables which were endorsed by the 24th ATM. This includes the ASEAN Fuel Economy Roadmap for Transport Sector 2018-2025: With Focus on Light-Duty Vehicles; Guidelines on Sustainable Land Transport Indicators on Energy Efficiency and Green House Gas Emissions in ASEAN and the ASEAN Regional Strategy on Sustainable Land Transport. The 24th ATM was preceded by the 46th ASEAN Senior Transport Officials Meeting (46th STOM) and its related meetings.

Source: Radio Television Brunei