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Strengthening Transport Connectivity in the ASEAN Region

Yangon, Myanmar
9 – 10 October 2018

The United Nation’s Economic & Social Commission for Asia & the Pacific (UNESCAP) organised a Capacity Building Workshop on Strengthening Transport Connectivity among CMMVT countries in Yangon, Myanmar. The workshop sought to enhance transport connectivity among the CLMVT countries and gathered official representatives from ASEAN and transport experts from the Korea Maritime Institute,  ASEAN-India Centre, and MIMA.

MIMA researcher Cdr Ang Chin Hup (R) presented a paper on Characteristics of Coastal Shipping in the ASEAN Region & Coastal Shipping Development Strategies.

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Workshop session in progress

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Cdr Ang presenting on Coastal Shipping for the ASEAN region

He proposed that coastal shipping be made an important mode of transportation for the archipelagic part of South East Asia to help reduce traffic congestion and greenhouse gas emissions. Such shipping could also enhance intra-ASEAN connectivity in the three major sub-regions of Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Malaysia & the Philippines – East ASEAN Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA), the Indonesia, Malaysia & Thailand – Growth Triangle (IMT-GT), and the Greater Mekong Sub-region (GMS).

Cdr Ang also presented three development strategies for coastal shipping in the region: the Philippines RO-RO network, ASEAN Single Shipping Market (ASSM) and short sea shipping (SSS). The proposal was adopted by the UNESCAP for its future study in enhancing transport connectivity in the region. 

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Participants at the workshop

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Participants with officials of Myanmar’s Ministry of Transport & Communications

MIMA wishes to express its appreciation to UNESCAP for the opportunity to share its views on transport connectivity in the ASEAN region and will continue to contribute to similar regional community issues.

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