ASEAN-MTWG SPECIAL ISSUE
Varied blues. An early morning view of a typical day’s business from the shore of Boracay Island. Stores on shore begin setting up implements to attract more clients.
Picking up from the requirements set during the 40th Senior Transport Officials Meeting (STOM), the 21st ASEAN Transport Ministers (ATM) Meeting, and other ASEAN coordinating bodies, follow through actions on some agenda items feature: (1) the establishment of single shipping market; (2) current arrangements for Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW) on near coastal voyages limits; (3) implementation progress of the Master Plan and Feasibility Study on the Establishment of ASEAN RO-RO (roll-on-roll-off) Shipping Network and Short Sea Shipping; (4) enhancement of maritime safety for the establishment of efficient shipping routes; (5) support formulation and implementation of ASEAN Oil Spill Response Action Plan; (6) sustainable ports development; and (7) maritime transport agreement with India.
The ASEAN Maritime Transport Working Group (ASEAN-MTWG) elevates all the studies and findings already discussed to the Senior Transport Officials Meeting (STOM), which, when all issues have been satisfied, will then raise their conclusions to the ASEAN Transport Ministers (ATM) and other ASEAN coordinating bodies. The ASEAN-MTWG is the group tasked to conduct further study on findings that need in-depth planning, preparation, and analysis.
By the end of this conference, the body shall come up with a final report that will be considered and adopted for the Senior Transport Officials Meeting. The Philippines shall host three more Maritime Transport Group meetings within six months of interval, until 2017.
Dialogue partners include India, Japan, China and Republic of Korea. Other meetings that coordinate and come up with strategic plans, policies and best practice systems are the following: ASEAN Port Association; Federation of ASEAN Shipowners Association; ASEAN-India Maritime Transport Cooperation; ASEAN-Japan Cruise Promotion Strategy; Philippine-Japan Meeting on the Implementation of Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) in ASEAN ports; Representative from the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) of Japan for the ASEAN-Japan Transport Partnership Work Plan 2015-2016; Port Technology Group Meeting with Japan; Representatives from Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport (MOLIT) of the Republic of Korea; Bilateral meeting with Indonesia on ASEAN RO-RO route; Development Study for Inland Improvement with Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar and Viet Nam (CLMV) and Thailand; dialogue partners to further improve linkage among countries in the Mekong region; ASEAN-Japan Port Security Expert Meeting; ASEAN-China Maritime Consultation Meeting; Global Task Force and Project Inception Meeting; the ASEAN Secretariat; country coordinators of the ASEAN Economic Community; Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ); International Maritime Organization (IMO); and the IMO-Global Initiative for South East Asia.
THE OFFICIAL logos used for the 31st ASEAN-MTWG are the ASEAN logo (used with permission from the ASEAN secretariat) with the event name, venue and date.
Meanwhile, Maritime Industry Authority Administrator Dr. Maximo Q. Mejia Jr directed the creation of the Philippine logo that will also be used to brand the event with local colors. The logo features a compass rose depicting the forward direction the maritime transport industry in the Philippines is taking; a vinta (local sailboat found in the southern part of the country), and a swash of wave the vinta rides on. Maritime Philippines is the theme portrayed and “We Move the World,” its tagline, is a statement that captures the essence of the strong seafaring industry.