EU raises freight transport and logistics development in the Greater Mekong Sub-region

EU raises freight transport and logistics development in the Greater Mekong Sub-region

Sustainable freight transportation and logistics project for the Greater Mekong Sub-region Which has received funding from the European Union (EU) to carry out the development of Mekong Logistics and increase energy efficiency and safety in the transportation and logistics sectors in the sub-region Mekong river Like Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Vietnam and Thailand. Achieve the goal of helping and supporting more than 500 small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to save fuel and drive safer. Have a safe transportation system for dangerous goods Business plans are developed for access to financial services. As well as being aware of the importance of green transportation

Throughout the 3 years of the Mekong Logistics Development (from February 2016 - January 2019), the project has trained 513 SMEs in the region, covering more than 600 truck drivers, resulting in Average fuel economy of 15.90 percent for a heavy-duty truck and 16.86 percent for heavy-duty trucks With regard to the transportation of dangerous goods, the project works closely with the Ministry of Transport of the target countries. To improve the rules and regulations As a result, the Ministry of Transport and Communication of Myanmar can officially issue all 6 Ministry regulations. While the Ministry of Vietnam Cambodia and Lao PDR Laos is amending a royal decree concerning the transportation of dangerous goods. In terms of supporting policy, the Mekong Logistics Development Project also supports the Ministry of Transport of Vietnam. In the development of a standard guide for green goods transportation and was announced in August 2018. In addition, green transportation measures Still being presented on the agenda "National Participation" (NDC) to be used as a guideline for climate change operations in Thailand And has also been given an important agenda at the 24th Conference of the United Nations Convention on Climate Change (COP24).

Mr. Chaiwat Thongthongkoon, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Transport Speaking at the closing ceremony Organized under the cooperation between the Ministry of Transport and the European Union that "Transportation Is recognized as an important part of regional economic development and integration Because transportation plays an important role in moving goods Services and citizens. In addition, transportation It also supports the economic linkage of the Greater Mekong Sub-region (GMS). Efforts to encourage development are carried out through regional agreements and cooperation, such as the agreement on cross-border transportation facilitation. Borders in the Greater Mekong Sub-region (CBTA) and ASEAN transportation facilitation The Sustainable Transport and Logistics Project in the Greater Mekong Sub-region has supported the 5 target countries in the implementation of the agreement and the framework of the cooperation. Especially in Thailand Is committed to promoting sustainable transport of goods and logistics, such as safe driving and energy saving Safe transportation of dangerous goods And the development of standards for truck services. Thailand is also committed to implementing the global agenda of the Paris Agreement. That will reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 20 percent because the transportation sector is considered the region that emits the most carbon dioxide Our efforts to reduce fuel consumption and carbon dioxide Which is supported by this project Thereby helping to meet the commitment of the global agenda. "

Ambassador of the European Union to Thailand

His Excellency Pearska Tapola, Ambassador of the European Union to Thailand, said: "The SWITCH-Asia program is one of the EU's financial tools to support various countries. In asia To promote sustainable consumption and production And until now There are more than 100 projects that have received this funding. With EU funds in the amount of 2.16 million euros, a project for sustainable shipping and logistics in the Greater Mekong Sub-region. It is considered successful in implementing activities to increase fuel efficiency through the strong participation of SMEs in transportation, resulting in an average total fuel economy of 16 percent and a reduction of carbon dioxide emissions. The project also helps and supports the Ministry of Transport in all 5 countries to improve the rules and regulations regarding Dangerous goods transportation These satisfactory results Caused by good cooperation from partners and key stakeholders. Including government agencies, SMEs in the transportation of goods And various transportation associations Good practices and lessons learned from the project will be distributed to develop a more sustainable and efficient transportation system in the transportation sector. "

Sustainable freight transport and logistics project in the Greater Mekong Sub-region Received a grant of 2.4 million euros from the European Union's SWITCH-Asia program and from the Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development of the Federal Republic of Germany (BMZ), with the German International Cooperation Agency (GIZ) operating primarily. And receiving close cooperation from the Mekong Economic Cooperation Institute (MI), the Greater Mekong Sub-region Transport Association (GMS-FRETA), including the Improve energy efficiency and reduce their impact on climate change in the region's land transport of GIZ.