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Keeping Things Neighborly

ASEAN Transportation Ministers Meet in Bali to Simplify Cross Border Movement Among Member Nations

(11/30/2012) The member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) have agreed to simplify procedures and requirements for the movement of people within the ASEAN region.

As reported by Beritabali.com, the agreement was espoused in a joint statement by the Ministers of Transportation from ASEAN countries meeting at the 18th ASEAN Ministry of Transportation Meeting held in Nusa Dua, Bali on Friday, November 30, 2012.

The Minister of Transportation for Indonesia, EE Mangindaan, said that to facilitate the movement of people among ASEAN countries, he and his counterparts across the region have agreed to finalize the procedures and requirements.

The implementation of the simplification of procedures will depend, he said, on the state of readiness of the transportation infrastructure of the participating countries.

Said Mangindaan, “To achieve (the desired ease of ) ASEAN Cross Border movement, each country must first prepare its infrastructure and then, in accordance with each country’s immigration, customs and security requirements.”

Search and Rescue

Mangindaan also announce that the assembled ASEAN Minister of Transportation has also agreed to cooperate in the formation of a Search and Rescue Forum (SAR). The purpose of the Forum will be to anticipate steps to be taken when transportation accidents do occur within the ASEAN region.