The 33 rd ASEAN Senior Transport Officials Meeting (STOM) took place in
Bandung in the Indonesia province of West Java , , from May 22
to May 25 to finalise the master plan on ‘ASEAN Connectivity.’
If agreed on, the plan will be a major boost to shipping, rail and air networks in the region.
his opening speech, Indonesia ’s Transport Minister E.E Mangindaan
said that the meeting focused on discussing ways of helping ASEAN member
countries to implement their plan synchronously and speed up projects
within the master plan framework.
Priority will be
given to an ASEAN highway network, a Singapore Kunming railway line, a
plan and feasibility study on a roll-on roll-off nautical transportation
network and shorter shipping lanes, he added.
ASEAN open-sky target by 2015, Minister Mangindaan said that all member
countries should ensure that airlines are ready and able to make air
travel across the ASEAN region fully integrated.
The Minister said that if an air, land and maritime transport network
can be fully realised, he believes that ASEAN can be a regional power.
On air travel, the delegates discussed the commitments on
air transport services and a single ASEAN aviation market, which
includes economic and technical cooperation.
that the outcomes from the meeting will pave the way for partnerships
with China, Japan and the Republic of Korea, all of whom have
demonstrated a willingness to support ASEAN’s connectivity plan.-VNA