In November 2017, there were four important meetings conducted back-to-back from 21st to 24th November 2017. This article gives a quick update on some of the important outcomes of these four meetings.

The first meeting was the 3rd Industry Forum of Southeast Asia for Automotive Sector (ISEA) meeting, and the second was the 22nd Asia Regulation and Certification Experts (RACE) meeting.

The purpose of the meetings was to consolidate the auto-industry’s updated stances / recommendation to two JASIC government-industry
 
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meetings on global technical harmonization for automotive products in Southeast Asia and Asia. JAMA co-hosted with ASEAN Automotive Federation (AAF) for the ISEA and Chamber of Automotive Manufacturers of the Philippines, Inc. (CAMPI) for the RACE meeting.

The third meeting was 3rd Forum for Southeast Asia.

The agenda for this meeting was to strengthen the cooperation between ASEAN Member States and Japan to promote the Internationalization of Automobile Regulations and Mutual Recognition of Certification.

The fourth meeting was the 8th Public and Private Joint Forum in the Asian Region.

This meeting aimed for the preparations on International Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations and Mutual Recognition of Approval by industries and governments.

The above two meetings were co-organized by JASIC under the auspices of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT), Japan and the Department of Transportation (DOTr), Philippines.

21st November 2017, the 3rd Industry Forum of Southeast Asia for Automotive Sector (ISEA) meeting

The 3rd ISEA meeting, held on 21st November 2017 in Manila, was attended by auto industry members from Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, the Philippines and Japan.

The meeting recognized that the auto-industry shares the social responsibility to improve road safety, air quality and CO2 reduction, and recommended an integrated approach incorporating an all stakeholders consultative process that takes into accounts of three factors – (i) human, (ii) infrastructure and (iii) vehicle – grounded with data analysis when developing safety and environmental regulations, for example, in case of Thailand, TAIA is setting up the Thailand Accident Research Institute (ITARDA Thailand) with related Thai government agencies.

The meeting also agreed that when newly implementing UNRs, they should be introduced based on the outcome from an enhanced integrated approach and consulted timeline with all stakeholders – this will be a win-win for both the industry and the government.

The result of the meeting’s industry stance was reported to the JASIC Forum for Southeast Asia on the next day.

22nd November 2017, the 3rd JASIC Forum for Southeast Asia

The meeting was attended by 110 delegates including government officials from Southeast Asia, related auto-industries and Japan.

Fatal traffic accidents and air pollution are serious situations due to rapid motorization. JASIC / Japan made a presentation on the outline of Automobile-Related Traffic Safety and Environmental Protection Policy-Making Process. In order to effectively reduce traffic accidents, it is important to strengthen all ‘human’, ‘road’ and ‘vehicle’ related measures, and to provide coordination among the measures in each of the three groups.

In terms of reducing air pollution from automobiles, it is important to strengthen all countermeasures for ‘numbers of vehicles’, ‘travelled mileage’ and ‘emitted volume’. Governments should consider which countermeasure is the most effective and efficient by analyzing traffic accident data and air pollution data when they make new policies for road safety and environmental protection. It also necessary to cooperate with relevant organizations for each process or policy making.

MLIT Japan shared its knowledge and experience, and emphasized that their approach should be a reference for other ASEAN countries. Malaysia and Thailand also shared their progress in policy making.

Japan shared the merit of accession of the 1958 agreement that is recognized from both governments and industries with respect to the facilitation of legislation process and smooth trade respectively.

JASIC/Japan also introduced the latest development of UN regulations for electrical vehicle (EV).

22nd November 2017, the 22nd Asia Regulation and Certification Experts (RACE) meeting

Back-to-back with the JASIC (Japan Automobile Standards Internationalization Center) Asia Government and Industry Forum that was held on 23rd November 2017, the Asia Regulation and Certification Experts (RACE) meeting saw an attendance of industry representatives from across Asia.

The meeting aimed to share each country’s latest regulatory movements and issues related to the auto-industry in their economies and in preparation to the accession to 1958 Agreement and / or implementation of UNRs. The meeting acknowledged the importance the auto-industry plays, and also that the local technical requirements should be incorporated through UNR/GTR revision procedures at WP29 level.

The auto-industry also reported the result of the 3rd ISEA which recognized that the auto-industry shares the social responsibility to improve road safety, air quality and CO2 reduction.

Finally, JAMA shared the general benefits of the new changes in Revision 3 of 1958 Agreement which has been enforced since 14 September 2017.

The result of the meeting’s industry stance was reported to the 8th Public and Private Joint Forum I Asia Region on the next day.

Group photo of RACE meeting 23rd ~24th November 2017, the 8th Public and Private Joint Forum in Asian Region

The meeting was attended by 120 delegates including Government officials across the Asia countries and related automotive industries.

The meeting aimed to promote the international harmonization of vehicle regulations and mutual recognition of approvals through cooperation between the governments and the industry of Asian countries.

The joint forum created more awareness regarding the 1958 Agreement, and has encouraged more Asian countries to become Contracting Parties (CPs) to the Agreement. The UNECE Secretariat expressed his willingness to support the accession to the 1958 Agreement. He also explained that no qualification process for individual countries to accession is needed as long as they are a UN Member State.

The forum also discussed how the Revision 3 of the 1958 Agreement affects the Asian countries that enable the adoption of former series of UN Regulation, and also referred to the possibility to use technical services of other Contracting Parties. The forum explained IWVTA, international whole vehicle type approval and its influence and benefit for Asian countries.

The next meetings are expected to be held in Thailand in 2018.

The group photo of the 8th Public and Private Joint Forum in Asian Region

 

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