Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) cooperation on transport, telecommunication, energy, and customs
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) was established on 8 August 1967 in Bangkok, Thailand. Current ASEAN members include Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Lao PDR), Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Viet Nam. Infrastructure is essential to provide the necessary transport linkages and logistics in support of the establishment of a single market and production base under the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC). The Fifth ASEAN Transport Ministers Meeting on 15-16 September 1999 in Hanoi, Viet Nam signed a Ministerial Understanding on the Development of the ASEAN Highway Network Project. The Tenth ASEAN Transport Ministers on 23 November 2004 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia endorsed the ASEAN Transport Action Plan 2005-2010 which provides the basis for broadening and deepening cooperation in the ASEAN transport sector.
With the assistance of the Asian Development Bank, ASEAN is formulating a five-year ASEAN Road Safety Action Plan, an ASEAN Intelligent Transport System (ITS) Policy Framework, and an ASEAN highway numbering system of three numeric designations.
Leaders at the Tenth ASEAN Summit in Vientiane, Lao PDR, under the Vientiane Action Programme 2004-2010, called for accelerating the progressive integration of the e-ASEAN sector by 2010. The Fifth ASEAN Telecommunications and Information Technology Ministers (TELMIN) on 27 September 2005 in Hanoi adopted the Ha Noi Agenda on Promoting Online Services and Applications to Realize e-ASEAN.
ASEAN member countries signed an Agreement on the ASEAN Energy Cooperation in 1986 to ensure and develop sources of energy in strengthening the economic resilience of the Member Countries. The ASEAN Ministers on Energy Meeting (AMEM), held in Langkawi in July 2003, called for intensified cooperation in the development and exploitation of the energy resource potentials in the ASEAN region, as well as in attracting private sector participation and investment in the ASEAN energy sector. The Ministers agreed to work collectively in moving forward the Trans-ASEAN Gas Pipeline (TAGP) and the ASEAN Power Grid projects to provide greater stability and security of energy supply in the ASEAN region. The ASEAN Centre for Energy (ACE), established in 1999, serves a key role in facilitating regional energy programs and activities to implement the ASEAN Plan of Action for Energy Cooperation (APAEC) 2004-2009.
Member countries committed to facilitate intra-ASEAN trade by simplifying and harmonizing trade procedures and enhancing regional cooperation in customs. The ASEAN Directors-General of Customs signed an ASEAN Customs Code of Conduct in 1983. The ASEAN Agreement on Customs was signed in 1997, providing a legal framework for ASEAN customs cooperation.
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- ASEAN Secretariat to host back-to-back events tackling development gaps in ASEANAssociation of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Secretariat8 May 2013
- Improved South-Southeast Asia connectivity key to boosting trade, re-balancing economyBusiness Recorder6 May 2013
Opinions and Editorials
- The ABCs of preparing for the ASEAN integrationInquirer.net20 May 2013
- Tourism cooperation in Southeast AsiaTempo15 May 2013
- ASEAN's progress report for tourismTTG Asia15 May 2013
- ASEAN–EU: Time for a strategic partnershipEurActiv13 May 2013
- Discourse: APEC connectivity framework richer than that of ASEANThe Jakarta Post13 May 2013
- ASEAN Secretary-General speaks out on tourismTravelDailyNews9 May 2013
Studies and Research
- Benefits and Challenges of Integrating South and Southeast AsiaBhattacharyay, Biswa NathCESifo1 May 2012
- Malaysia-Singapore energy cooperation: prospects and challengesChew, AlvinS. Rajaratnam School of International Studies10 Jan 2012
- Indonesian perceptions and attitudes toward the ASEAN CommunityBenny, Guido and Kamarulnizam AbdullahGerman Institute of Global and Area Studies7 Apr 2011
- Assessing the impact of the ASEAN Economic CommunityLee, Hiro and Michael G. PlummerOsaka University23 Mar 2011
- Policies and measures to mitigate the potential environmental impacts of cross-border infrastructure projects in Asia Zhang, ZhongXiangAsian Development Bank Institute1 Jan 2011
- Master plan on ASEAN ConnectivityAssociation of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Secretariat28 Oct 2010
- 45th ASEAN Economic Ministers' Meeting + External PartnersAssociation of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Secretariat20 Aug 2013
- ASEAN Day CelebrationAssociation of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Secretariat7 Aug 2013
- 31st Senior Officials Meeting on Energy (SOME) and its Meeting with Dialogue PartnersAssociation of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Secretariat24 Jun 2013
- 35th ASEAN Senior Transport Officials Meeting (STOM)Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Secretariat28 May 2013
- 17th ASEAN Telecommunication Regulators Council MeetingAssociation of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Secretariat11 Jul 2011