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The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is an international economic forum that was established in August 1967 whose primary goal is to accelerate the economic growth, social progress and cultural development in the Southeast Asian region. It has ten (10) Member States including the Philippines being one of the founding members together with Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand.

The ASEAN Community is composed of three pillars:

  • Political-Security Community Council
  • Economic Community Council
  • Socio-Cultural Community Council


Each pillar has its own Blueprint and together with the Initiative for ASEAN Integration (IAI) Strategic Framework and IAI Work Plan Phase II, a Roadmap for ASEAN Community 2009 – 2015 is established. Each community council is supported by the relevant sectoral ministerial bodies.

The ASEAN Economic Community envisions to establish a single market and production base and to make ASEAN a highly competitive economic region by 2015.

The ASEAN Transport Ministers (ATM) Meeting is one of the ten (10) sectoral ministerial bodies that are under the purview of the ASEAN Economic Community. The ATM was established in 1969 and meets annually back-to-back with the second ASEAN Senior Transport Officials Meeting (STOM) for the year. The Meeting aims to:

Establish and develop a harmonized and integrated regional transport system in order to provide safe, efficient and innovative transportation infrastructure network;
Enhance cooperation in the transport sector among the Member States in order to contribute towards the achievement of the objectives of the ASEAN Free Trade Area (AFTA);
Establish a mechanism to coordinate and supervise cooperation projects and activities in the transport sector; and
Promote interconnectivity and interoperability of national networks and access thereto taking particular account of the need to link islands, land-locked, and peripheral regions with the national and global economies.


The ASEAN STOM works under the direction of the ASEAN Transport Ministers. It is the executive body that supervises, coordinates and reviews programmes and directions set by ASEAN Transport Ministers. The Senior Officials guide/oversee the activities of the Transport Working Groups under the economic and technical cooperation.

The Working Groups (composed of the Air, Land, Maritime and Transport Facilitation) meet two (2) times a year with the Chairperson from the host country and work to develop recommendations for the consideration of the STOM Leaders. The ten (10) ASEAN Member States take turns in simultaneously presiding and hosting the meetings for two consecutive years oftentimes in alphabetical order.

The ATM and STOM meet regularly with three (3) Dialogue Partners: China, Japan and Korea to enhance their respective partnership on transport cooperation.

*Referenced from the official website of Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN)

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  • Aviation
    1. 6th Package of Commitment ATSunder AFAS
    2. ASEAN Memorandum of Understanding on Aircraft Accident & Incident Investigation
    3. MOU on ASEANs Air Services Engagement with Dialgoue Partners
    4. Protocol 1 on Unlimited Third and Fourth Freedom Traffic Rights between any Points in Contracting Parties
    5. Protocol 2-Unlimited Traffic Rights101112
    6. ASEAN members states and china air transport agreement and its protocol
    7. ASEAN Multilateral Agreement on Air Services Parts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
    8. ASEAN Multilateral Agreement on the Full Liberalisation of Air Freight Services (MAFLAFS) Parts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
    9. Protocol to implement the seventh package of commitments on air transport services under the ASEAN framework agreement on services
  • Maritime

  • Land

  • Transport Facilitations
    1. ASEAN Framework Agreement on Multimodal Transport
    2. Protocol 6 Railways Border and Interchange Stations

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