Memorandum of Understanding on Establishing and Promoting Efficient and Integrated Sea Linkages
Transport ministers agreed to establish and promote efficient and integrated sea linkages in the BIMP-EAGA subregion in their meeting in Singapore on 2 November 2007.
In a memorandum of understanding (MOU), the ministers also designated 35 ports as BIMP-EAGA gateway ports, which will be used to promote and facilitate maritime trade and movement of people in the subregion.
The MOU was signed by Pehin Dato Abu Bakar Apong, Minister of Communications, Brunei Darussalam; Jusman Syafii Djamal, Minister for Transportation, Indonesia; Dato' Sri Chan Kong Choy, Minister of Transport, Malaysia; and General Leandro R. Mendoza (retired), Secretary, Department of Transportation and Communications, Philippines.
The agreement provides for undertaking joint measures to promote and sustain intra-EAGA maritime trade and tourism, facilitate the entry of shipping operators and investors, and grant temporary exclusive rights to pioneering shipping services.
The agreement also calls for developing and formalizing mechanisms that will enable mutual recognition and monitoring of safety standards, security requirements, environmental protection, and ship manning of non-conventional-sized ships, which currently dominate the EAGA sea lanes.