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The Second Experts Group Meeting on Finalisation of Implementation Framework for ASEAN Framework Agreement on Multimodal Transport (AFAMT)

Date
August 26, 2019
Date
9:0 AM - Done
Location
Hoi An, Viet Nam
Hoi An, Viet Nam

The Second Experts Group Meeting on ASEAN Framework Agreement on Multimodal Transport (AFAMT) was held in Hoi An City (Viet Nam) from 26 to 29 August 2019, given the important role of Viet Nam is playing as lead country for the development and implementation of the AFAMT / TF3.1. 

The objective of the 2nd Experts Group Meeting on AFAMT is to discuss and finalise the draft Implementation Framework for AFAMT and its Action Plan, as part of key deliverables under the ASEAN Transport Strategic Plan 20162025 / Kuala Lumpur Transport Strategic Plan (KLTSP).  Representatives of AFFA, FIATA and UN-ESCAP were invited to share their expertise.

The Experts Group Meeting was attended by Government Transport Senior Officers of ASEAN Member States; ASEAN Secretariat representatives and representatives of the private sector from ASEAN Member States, such as the National Logistics Forwarders Associations of the respective ASEAN Member States.

The meeting has 12 sessions on the first two days and the last two days were continued on discussions among the government officials and private sector about the framework of the agreement and its future agenda.

Followings are the 12 sessions as presented in the Second AFAMT Experts Group Meeting:

Session 1
The benefits of using AFAMT, compared to the other international multimodal transport regime, for implementation of multimodal transport in ASEAN
by Dr. Irwin U.J. Ooi, Consultant, ARISE Plus

Session 2
Updates on ESCAP activities in supporting multimodal transport activities in Asia, including:
(i) outcomes of ESCAP Study on comparison of existing and potential intermodal transport corridors in Southeast Asia: and
(ii) progress of ESCAP Study on terminology and legal frameworks for multimodal transport operation.
by Mr. Fedor Kormilitsyn, Transport Division, UNESCAP

Session 3
Alignment of Multimodal Transport documents under AFAMT with FIATA standard documents
by Mr. Stanley Lim, Honorary Treasurer and Chairman – Internationalisation Committee of Singapore Logistics Association (representing FIATA)

Session 4
How to develop a common ASEAN Insurance Liability Scheme?
by Dr. Irwin U.J. Ooi, Consultant, ARISE Plus

Session 5
Customs Procedures and its relations with Multimodal Transport operations
by Mr. Glyn Evans, Transit Adviser, Customs & Transport, ARISE Plus

Session 6
AFFA and its relevance to the implementation of multimodal transport in ASEAN: Challenges and Opportunities
by Mr. Iman Gandi, Executive Director, AFFA

Session 7
The need for consideration of simplification of customs procedures for operationalisation of Multimodal Transport
by Mr. Somsak Wisetruangrot, Honorary Chairman, Thai International Freight Forwarders Association / TIFFA (representing AFFA)

Session 8
Pilot Implementation for AFAMT: potential support from ARISE Plus and involvement of ASEAN Member States
by Mr. Glyn Evans, Transit Adviser, Customs & Transport, ARISE Plus

Session 9
Potential trade corridors for pilot implementation of AFAMT
by Mr. Somsak Wisetruangrot, Honorary Chairman, Thai International Freight Forwarders Association / TIFFA (representing AFFA)

Session 10
Progress of development of Implementation Framework for AFAMT and the way forward for adoption by the ASEAN Transport Ministers
by Mr. Beny Irzanto, Senior Officer, Transport Division, ASEAN Secretariat

Session 11
Explanations on revised draft Implementation Framework for AFAMT: response to the queries from AMS, explanations on the proposed measures under Regional Action Plan for IF AFAMT and its timelines.
by Mr. Michael Smith, Consultant, ARISE Plus

Session 12
Updates from ASEAN Member States on progress of implementation and/or development of multimodal transport.

More about the AFAMT, please visit: http://afamt.asean.org/

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