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Highway freight in ASEAN: New Covid-19 Response and Restoration Pointers


JAKARTA, 18 February 2021 – ASEAN Member States could have new instruments to assist them handle points associated to street freight transport brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic as a part of the initiatives underneath the ASEAN Complete Restoration Framework. ASEAN has accepted pointers to assist the response and restoration of street freight transport amongst its Member States within the context of the pandemic.

The rules will assist Member States to develop nationwide and regional plans that concentrate on resilient and sustainable street freight connectivity. They may present suggestions for responses to the pandemic disaster within the three precedence areas, specifically:

(i) transport staff’ security and coaching;

(ii) preserving connectivity for environment friendly and resilient provide chains; and

(iii) constructing again higher via digital, resilient and decarbonised transport connectivity in fast, medium and long-term framework to assist the event of cross-border street freight transport within the area.

Particularly, the rules:

categorise coverage responses to Covid-19 associated to move connectivity and resilience;
suggest rules for the implementation of insurance policies and measures;
counsel a communication mechanism for the well timed trade of related data, and
present insights for the creation of a real-time monitoring software to gauge the impression of coverage interventions on transport connectivity, capability and resilience.

Developed with the help of the Worldwide Transport Discussion board (ITF) and the United Nations Financial and Social Fee for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), the COVID-19 Restoration Pointers for Resilient and Sustainable Worldwide Highway Freight Transport Connectivity in ASEAN have been accepted ad-referendum by the ASEAN Senior Transport Officers Assembly (STOM) on 11 January 2021.

In response to the Pointers, Secretary-Basic of ASEAN Dato Lim Jock Hoi stated “the Pointers assist ASEAN’s efforts in bettering the steadiness of street freight flows within the area towards longer-term resilience, preparedness, and competitiveness of ASEAN. They’re additionally according to the implementation of the ASEAN Complete Restoration Framework, which serves because the area’s coordinated exit technique from the Covid-19 pandemic, significantly in restoring transport connectivity within the area.  Cooperation with ITF and ESCAP in growing the Pointers signifies the significance of collaboration to assist the area’s restoration.”

On his half, the Chairman of STOM and Director-Basic, Basic Division of Logistics, Ministry of Public Works and Transport of Cambodia Chhieng Pich acknowledged that, “the completion of the Pointers is well timed to assist ASEAN Member States in establishing their regional and nationwide street transport connectivity restoration plans from the Covid-19 pandemic’s disruption.

ASEAN’s cooperation in constructing again higher the street freight transport within the area is vital and ASEAN transport sector has taken a fast choice in responding to the disaster by growing the Pointers. ASEAN transport sector welcomes collaboration from the related stakeholders to speed up implementation of the Pointers.”

In the meantime, ITF Secretary-Basic Younger Tae Kim stated “I’m happy with this vital contribution the ITF is making to make sure the seamless move of street freight in South-East Asia and serving to ASEAN Member States construct a extra resilient and on the identical time extra sustainable transport future. The collaboration with the ASEAN Secretariat and UNESCAP on this challenge has been excellent, and a shining instance of how worldwide cooperation can translate into constructive impression on the lives of our residents.”

In conclusion, ESCAP Govt Secretary Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana famous that “transport connectivity is now as very important as ever. Whereas we commend the nice efforts made by our area to maintain freight flowing throughout borders through the pandemic, we stay acutely conscious that extra should be achieved for Asia and the Pacific to remain aggressive and totally get well from the disaster. The ASEAN Pointers pave the way in which to a extra related, resilient and sustainable future and ESCAP sees this formidable initiative as one of many milestones within the area’s pandemic response.”

The Pointers are a part of the initiatives underneath the Implementation Plan of the ASEAN Complete Restoration Framework, which was adopted on the thirty seventh ASEAN Summit in November 2020. The Pointers can be found on-line at: https://asean.org/storage/asean-covid-19-guidelines.pdf

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