ASEM Transport Ministers Agreed to Synergize Connectivity in Asia & Europe

Bali, Indonesia: Indonesia successfully held the 4th Asia-Europe MeetingTransport Ministers' Meeting (ASEM TMM4) in Bali on 26-28 September 2017. With the theme "Bridging an Integrated Transport Connectivity of Asia and Europe through Synergizing Regional Strategic Plans" the Transport Ministers of ASEM have successfully agreed on a strategic measures to enhance, expand and modernize Asia and European connectivity cooperation, both on land, sea and air.

As host, the meeting was opened by the Minister of Transportation of Indonesia, Budi Karya Sumadi, and attended by ASEM partners from Asia and Europe, namely at Minister, Vice-Minister and Senior Official level.

The ASEM TMM4 meeting was preceded by the ASEM Transportation Senior Official's Meeting (ASEM TSOM) led by the Secretary General of the Ministry of Transportation.

As Chair of the meeting, Indonesia has played an important role in ASEM TMM4 through the acceptance of Indonesia's proposal on the importance of joint efforts to develop connectivity cooperation in the maritime sector in Asia and Europe. The concept of World Maritime Axis echoed by Indonesia has also received positive responses from ASEM partners. The delegates have conveyed their appreciation for the leadership of Indonesia for successfully uniting all interests in ASEM TMM4.

On the sidelines of the ASEM TMM4 meeting, the Indonesian Minister of Transportation has also offered several investment projects for infrastructure development, especially in the transportation sector to foreign investors who attending the business forums, as well as when he held bilateral meetings with ASEM partners. The presence of the private sector in ASEM TMM4 meetings was intended to encourage the private sector to take advantage of various cooperation opportunities in the field of transportation.

Some important outcomes agreed in the Bali Declaration and in the interest of Indonesia are to include and empower the participation of the private sector in the development and cooperation of the transportation sector, as well as the effort to address cargo transport imbalances in Asia and Europe via land and sea.

The successful implementation of ASEM TMM4 has proven the full commitment and attention provided by both Indonesia and ASEM Partners to strengthen Asian and European connectivity. When closing the ASEM TMM4 meeting, the Minister of Transportation, supported by all ASEM partners, agreed to follow up on the results contained in the Bali Declaration.

The Minister of Transportation has also expressed his gratitude to all Ministers and Heads of other ASEM TMM Delegates for their attention and concern for the Gunung Agung situation and the displaced population.

The Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) is an informal dialogue process between Asian and European countries that was formed in Bangkok in 1996. ASEM has grown to have 53 members: 10 ASEAN member countries, 28 EU member countries, Australia, Bangladesh, India, Japan, Kazakhstan, Republic of Korea, Mongolia, Norway, Pakistan, China, Russia, New Zealand, Switzerland, ASEAN Secretariat, and European Commission. The dialogues conducted by ASEM members is based on the characteristics such as informality, multidimensionality, equal partnerships, and unity in diversity. The three main pillars of ASEM are (1) political-security, (2) economy-trade-investment, and (3) cultural and other fields. (Source: Directorate of KSIA Amerop)