ASEAN TO SIGN PACT TO EASE TRAVEL BY BUSES WITHIN REGION
Last Updated: 2017-10-12
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SINGAPORE, Oct 12 (NNN-Bernama) -- The ASEAN Framework Agreement for the Facilitation of Cross-Border Transport of Passengers by Road Vehicles (CBTP) will be signed Friday by the 10 member countries, said Singapore Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean.

"The CBTP will simplify the requirements for cross-border bus transport services within ASEAN and allow thousands of buses to enjoy facilitated entry and transit to other member states.

"This sends a strong signal to the international community that ASEAN is committed to foster open, integrated economies, and will further liberalise trade for the benefit for all our people," he said at the opening of the 23rd ASEAN Transport Ministers (ATM) Meeting here.

Malaysian Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai is attending the two-day meeting.

Teo said the transport sector is the backbone and critical enabler of trade and tourism flows, powering ASEAN's progress, economic development, and people-to-people interactions.

--NNN-BERNAMA