Brief Report on the 20th Meeting of AEM-METI Economic and Industrial Cooperation Committee (AMEICC) Working Group on Automobile Industry (WG-AI)
The AMEICC WG-AI organized a meeting for government representatives and members of the private sector of ASEAN Member States (AMSs) and Japan. The agenda included industrial cooperation and an exchange of information and views surrounding each country’s automotive industrial policy.

Brief Report on the 20th Meeting of AEM-METI Economic and Industrial Cooperation Committee (AMEICC) Working Group on Automobile Industry (WG-AI)

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The 20th Annual Meeting was held in Yangon, Myanmar on 15th and 16th January 2020, with attendance of Cambodia, Lao, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam and Japan. The meeting was welcomed and opened by Dr. Min Ye Paing Hein, Deputy Minister of Planning, Finance and Industry.

Speech by Dr. Min Ye Paing Hein

During the opening speech, Dr. Hein expressed his appreciation to AMs and Japan for its cooperation in the implementation of this meeting. He addressed the importance of strengthening the regional collaboration with Japan in the development of the ASEAN Mutual Recognition Arrangement on Type Approval of Automotive Products (AP MRA) and achieving effective harmonization of the automotive technical requirements based on UN Regulations for Vehicle Type Approval.

AMEICC Automotive Industry Annual Report

All participating AMSs reported on their countries’ Automotive Industry Annual Report. Each country’s sales and production performances were shared, along with policy directions on investment, technical regulation and standard, tariff and tax system, eco car programs, FTA/EPA, and others. ASEAN Automotive Federation (AAF) also gave a brief review on the ASEAN motor vehicles market.

Key Issues of Automobile Industry

1) Japan’s Strategy for the New Era of Automobiles

Noting the importance of energy efficiency when tackling with global climate change, the long-term goal and strategy (by 2050) of Japan’s automotive industry was presented by Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI). Japan as targeting 26% reduction of Green House Gas (GHG) in 2030 through the diffusion of Electrified Vehicles (xEVs) based on the Well-to-Wheel approach.

In addition, amid this growing global trend in hydrogen production and the use of Fuel Cells Vehicles (FCV), METI shared Japan’s Basic Hydrogen Strategy with the 2050’s vision to position Hydrogen as a new energy option.

The Meeting encouraged all to continually learn from Japan’s knowledge and expertise.

2) The policy for Electrified Vehicle (xEVs) in ASEAN countries

Focusing on the policy for xEVs in respective AMSs, with Malaysia and Thailand in particular, countries presented their related national policy.

3) EV related regulations and standards

JAMA gave a briefing on the significance of standards and regulations of xEVs, and introduced the Electric Vehicle Safety-Global Technical Regulation (EVS-GTR) as uniform global standards related to the electric vehicle safety in two phases of safety requirements. Towards the diffusion of xEVs, the importance of promoting international harmonization among national and regional regulations was reiterated in this context.

4) Expansion of bio-fuel use and regulations of fuels

JAMA provided the key recommendations to the Meeting on fuel policy for the consideration of AMSs both government and industrial sectors. The Meeting welcomed the proposal of JAMA on a possible ASEAN region-wide collaborative support initiative for more effective biofuel use.

5) Activities for traffic safety

The joint efforts between ASEAN and Japan was highlighted by JAMA through the substantive outcomes of the AMEICC Road Safety Project (2014-2016).

The Meeting noted of the necessity for an integrated approach based on the accident data and joint effort to implement effective safety measures and encourage the harmonization of vehicle regulation.

Next Meeting

The next 21st Meeting of AMEICC WG-AI will take place in Thailand. The exact date and venue would be determined in due course.


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