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Thursday, 16th July 2020: ASEAN-China Transport Ministers' Special Meeting on Covid-19

Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Awang Abdul Mutalib bin Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Setia Dato Paduka Haji Mohammad Yusof, Minister of Transport and Infocommunications, in his capacity as Chairman of the ASEAN Transport Ministers Meeting (ATM) for 2020, co-chaired with His Excellency Mr. Li Xiaopeng, Minister of Transport, People’s Republic of China, the ASEAN-China Transport Ministers' Special Meeting on COVID-19 via video conference on 16th July 2020.

 

The objective of the ASEAN-China Transport Ministers' Special Meeting on COVID-19 was to ensure the stability and openness of transport and logistics systems in the region amid the COVID-19. The Meeting was attended by Transport Ministers from ASEAN and the People’s Republic of China, as well as the Secretary General of ASEAN.

 

During the Special Meeting, Transport Ministers from ASEAN and the People’s Republic of China as well as ASEAN Secretary General exchanged views and experiences within the transport sector in order to mitigate the social and economic impact of COVID-19 as well as strengthening regional cooperation in the field of transport and logistics in response to the pandemic.

 

In his Opening Remarks, Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Awang Abdul Mutalib bin Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Setia Dato Paduka Haji Mohammad Yusof, Minister of Transport and Infocommunications as Co-Chairman touched on the strong commitment of the ASEAN Leaders during the 36th ASEAN Summit to implementing targeted policies to address the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic in the region and the world.  Transport connectivity is amongst one of the sectors tremendously affected by this pandemic. According to data shared by several international bodies, there was a decrease of 48 - 61% for air passengers, a loss of USD 97 billion in worldwide airports revenue, a 25% reduction in shipping, and a 40% decrease in revenue for road freight operators. In this regard, countries have come together through closer regional and international cooperation in addressing and mitigating the COVID-19 situation.

 

Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Awang Abdul Mutalibbin Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Setia Dato Paduka Haji Mohammad Yusof, Minister of Transport and Infocommunications as ATM Leader for Brunei Darussalam shared efforts and initiatives in the transport sector that have been carried out in Brunei Darussalam to combat COVID-19 pandemic. The Minister also highlighted assistances provided to transport operators, leveraging on current technologies, and recovery efforts in the transport sector.

 

The Minister emphasized on the role of the transport sector in facing the challenges due to COVID-19. In this regard, Brunei Darussalam welcomes the implementation of programs and initiatives under the framework of cooperation between ASEAN-China towards achieving the goals laid out under the ASEAN Transport Strategic Plan. Regional cooperation is important to strengthen the efforts, not only in overcoming COVID-19, but also for to ensure social and economic resilience.

 

The main outcome of the ASEAN-China Transport Ministers' Special Meeting on COVID-19 was the adoption of the Joint Ministerial Statement titled ‘Ensuring Smooth Transport and Logistics to Combat COVID-19 and Reactivate the Economy’ by Transport Ministers from ASEAN and the People’s Republic of China. In the joint statement, the ASEAN-China Transport Ministers reaffirmed their commitment to enhance existing partnerships including facilitating logistics activities in the delivery, supply and manufacture of essential goods during the COVID-19 outbreak. The Joint Statement also encouraged initiatives to enhance cooperation and coordination with multilateral organizations under the framework of the United Nations including the World Health Organization, the International Maritime Organization, the International Civil Aviation Organization whilst maintaining compliance with international standards in supporting logistics and transport activities. In addition, the ASEAN-China Transport Ministers also agreed to increase the exchanges of information, knowledge and best practices, to jointly enhance the capability of pandemic control at land border crossings, seaports and airports whilst ensuring health precautions are in place.

 

Also present during the Special Meeting were Yang Mulia Awang Mohammad Nazri bin Haji Mohammad Yusof, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Transport and Infocommunications (MTIC), as Chair of the ASEAN Senior Transport Officials Meeting (STOM) and STOM Leader for Brunei Darussalam, and senior officials from MTIC and relevant departments and authority under the Ministry.

 

 

 

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Ministry of Transport and Infocommunications
Brunei Darussalam
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