Seminar on the Development of an Integrated Transport and Logistics System in ASEAN Countries and the Pacific Subregion

Date: 
27 Nov 2012
Location: 
Bangkok, Thailand

United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in association with Korea Maritime institute (KMI), was organized the Seminar on the Development of an Integrated Transport and Logistics System in ASEAN Countries and the Pacific Subregion.

The vision of an international integrated intermodal transport and logistics system was endorsed by the Commission in its resolution 63/9 of 23 May 2007 and reaffirmed by the Commission in its resolution 68/4 of 23 May 2012.

With the envisaged launch of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) in 2015, it is important to establish a more efficient transport and logistics network that integrates road, rail and sea transport in order to maximize the benefit of AEC. For Pacific and archipelagic countries, efficient, reliable and affordable shipping services represents a “lifeline”. Along to this vital importance, inter-island shipping has recently been included in the Regional Action Programme for Transport Development in Asia and the Pacific, phase II (2012-2016), as one of 10 thematic areas.

Against this background, this seminar will:
- Review trends in cargo and container movements at the global and regional levels;
- Review the main container ports in ASEAN region and their intermodal connections with inland locations and neighboring countries;
- Discuss constraints, challenges and ways forward related to inter-island shipping within Pacific and archipelagic countries; and
- Examine the main logistics facilities such as dry port, identify the main barriers and discuss solutions aimed at promoting transport and logistics activities along the Asian Highway and Trans-Asian Railway in ASEAN region.