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Focus on ASEAN transport connectivity

Released at: 15:39, 09/05/2015

Focus on ASEAN transport connectivity

PM signs off on strategy to improve transport links between Vietnam and ASEAN.

by Hoai An

The Prime Minister has approved a scheme for “Enhancing Transportation Connectivity in ASEAN to 2020 and Orientations Towards 2030”.

The objective of the scheme is to complete the implementation of commitments between Vietnam and ASEAN regarding transportation, which includes effective connections for economic and social development, ensuring national benefit, raising the status, role and international competitiveness of Vietnam, and the completion of the approved strategy, plans, and projects of the transportation sector.

The scheme introduces seven solutions, which are to increase investment in transport infrastructure, develop cross-border transportation, improve the quality of transport services, strengthen the mobilization of resources, promote the development of human resources, ensure safety in land, maritime and aviation transport, and improve institutional capacity and international integration.

To improve the quality of transport services on land, enterprises are encouraged to innovate and modernize their vehicle fleets, ensuring safety, convenience and environmental protection, and improve roads to ASEAN standards to ensure connectivity and international integration.

The scheme also enhances the development of transport by land in a modern and environmentally friendly direction and controls technical requirements for vehicle safety and their environmental protection features.

In terms of maritime transport, the scheme enhances the competitiveness of national fleets, with priority on developing the multimodal capacity of transport with major ports, promoting the development of transportation links and maritime tourism, improving the capacity to berth ships carrying tourists, and enhancing the ability to connect to destinations on the mainland and gradually develop large tourist vessels connecting Vietnam with important tourist destinations around the world.

In aviation, the scheme features solutions to improve the capacity of domestic airlines so they may compete in ASEAN’s aviation market, participate effectively in larger aviation markets, such as ASEAN - EU, ASEAN - China, ASEAN - India, and ASEAN - South Korea, and strengthen the participation of private airlines and budget airlines.

The scheme will also push the development of tourism by rail, connecting rail travel with road, aviation and maritime travel, build trains of high quality for tourism, and enhance coordination among ministries and departments to ease customs and immigration procedures.

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