PH to host ASEAN transport meetings


Posted at Nov 13 2016 10:47 PM

MANILA— The Philippines will host two high-level meetings on transportation of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) starting Monday.

The Department of Transportation will host the 42nd Senior Transport Officials Meeting (STOM) and the 22nd ASEAN Transport Ministers Meeting, which will run until Friday at the Philippine International Convention Center in Manila.

More than 200 transport officials and delegates from 10 ASEAN member states will convene to discuss various transport initiatives and policies that will improve connectivity and enhance cooperation in the region.

STOM leaders are expected to review transport agreements and projects such as the Kuala Lumpur Transport Strategic Plan, which is the transport vision and blueprint for 2016 to 2025. 

Other transport initiatives to be discussed include the establishment of the ASEAN Single Shipping Market and the ASEAN Roll-on Roll-off Shipping Network, which are both designed to facilitate trade, and provide easier access to key markets in the region.

Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade is this year's ATM chairman while Undersecretary for Administration and Finance Garry de Guzman will serve as STOM chairman.