Asean transport ministers sign deal to reduce transport costs

Asean to smoothen land, sea and air movements between member states

Asean Transport Ministers Meeting held in Singapore.

Photo courtesy from LianHe ZaoBao Singapore

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) - Singapore is hosting the 23rd Asean Transport Ministers Meeting and associated meetings with Asean dialogue partners China, Japan and South Korea from Thursday to Friday.

In the opening address given by Singapore's Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean earlier this morning, he mentioned that Asean had made good progress to strengthen air, sea and land links, citing the ratification for the Asean open skies agreement which was completed in 2016 as a "key milestone."

Ministers from the ten member states will be signing an Asean Framework Agreement on the Facilitation of Cross-Border Transport of Passengers by Road Vehicles (CBTP).

The Asean CBTP will lead to an increased flow of people through the facilitation of seamless passenger traffic and a reduction of transport costs within Asean to further promote, develop and enhance tourism, investment, trade and cultural exchange among the Asean Member States. 

Also, Deputy Prime minister added, "an integrated air traffic management plan will help achieve the Seamless Asean Sky vision, and increase air traffic management efficiency and capacity for member states."