Bali – Indonesia is the host and chairman of the 53rd ASEAN Senior Transport Officials Meeting which will be held in Bali on 28-29 June 2022. This is the first time that this meeting has been held hybridly (offline and online). ) since the Covid-19 pandemic.

One of the outcomes of a number of agendas discussed at the meeting was that Indonesia declared its readiness to implement the ASEAN Framework Agreement on Multimodal Transport (AFAMT), which is an agreement related to the implementation of multimodal transport in the ASEAN region.

In addition, Indonesia also conveyed the progress of the ratification process for other ASEAN cooperation agreements, such as the ASEAN Cross Border Transport of Passengers by Road Vehicle (CBTP), the ASEAN Framework Agreement on the Facilitation of Inter-State Transport (AFAFIST), and the ASEAN Framework Agreement on the Facilitation of Goods in Transit (AFAFGIT) Protocol 6 which has reached its final stage, to strengthen support for passenger and goods traffic between ASEAN countries.

"I hope that all plans for this agreement can be implemented immediately to facilitate the smooth integration of the ASEAN region," said Secretary General of the Ministry of Transportation Novie Riyanto.

In his opening remarks for the meeting, Secretary General Novie said that in order to strengthen connectivity and competitiveness of the ASEAN region, more intensive collaboration is needed with countries that are ASEAN dialogue partners.

“I note that a number of ASEAN dialogue partner countries such as China, Japan, South Korea and the United States, have shown their contribution to implementing projects in the development of the transportation sector. ASEAN collaboration with Dialogue Partners is very much needed to make ASEAN a more competitive region," said Novie.

He revealed that the working group that had been formed so far had performed well, in discussing various steps towards the timely implementation of the Agreement or MoU under the framework of the ASEAN Transport Cooperation.

During this meeting several drafts of cooperation agreements were agreed to be signed at the 28th ASEAN Transport Ministers Meeting to be held in October 2022 in Indonesia, such as: ASEAN-EU Comprehensive Air Transport Agreement (AE-CATA) and ASEAN Agreement on Aeronautical and Maritime Search and Rescue Cooperation.

As for the framework of cooperation between ASEAN and Dialogue Partners, the 1st ASEAN-US STOD has also been held, which is a meeting of high-level transportation officials of ASEAN Member States and the United States. In this meeting, the Special Staff of the Minister of Transportation for the Economy and Transportation Investment, Prof. Wihana Kirana Jaya, who acted as Chairperson, expressed his appreciation for the formal realization of the transportation cooperation relationship between ASEAN and the United States.

During the meeting, Indonesia also proposed the inclusion of a discussion related to the Development of the Electric Vehicle (EV) Ecosystem in the ASEAN-US Work Plan which has also been adopted at this meeting and will be ratified in the upcoming meeting of the Minister of Transportation.

In addition, discussions on cooperation with China, Japan and South Korea have also been carried out. Indonesia and South Korea have agreed on the implementation of training programs in the land transportation and railway sectors for transportation officials in these two sectors.

Then in the land transportation sector, Indonesia reported on the progress of road construction in the ASEAN Highway Network (AHN) in Kalimantan to further strengthen support for smooth traffic on the route.

Furthermore, in the sea transportation sector, Indonesia reaffirmed its commitment to strengthening the operation of the RO-RO shipping network in Dumai-Melaka and Bitung-Davao/General Santos as well as initiatives to increase container circulation in ASEAN and increase efforts to overcome container limitations due to the Covid-19 pandemic.