August 4, 2015

JAMA Chairman and ASEAN Automotive Federation President Issue Joint Statement

On August 3, Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association Chairman Fumihiko Ike delivered the keynote speech at the Special Seminar for the Automobile Industry in ASEAN.  The occasion was the 16th session of the AMEICC-Working Group on the Automobile Industry—a joint public-private sector meeting held in Siem Reap, Cambodia, on August 2-4 to address issues facing the automobile industries in the ASEAN member countries.

Also attending this meeting was Datuk Aishah Ahmad, President of the ASEAN Automotive Federation (AAF) whose membership comprises the automotive associations of all the ASEAN nations.  Chairman Ike and President Ahmad issued the “Joint Statement between AAF and JAMA” (see link below) at a dinner reception hosted by JAMA on the eve of the Special Seminar.

In attendance at the dinner reception were His Excellency Sok Chenda Sophea, Minister attached to the Prime Minister and Secretary General of the Council of the Development of Cambodia; His Excellency Heng Sokkung, Secretary of State, Ministry of Industry and Handicraft of Cambodia; His Excellency Pramode Vidtayasuk, Vice Minister of Industry, Ministry of Industry of Thailand; and numerous other distinguished government and industry leaders.

During a courtesy call on the Honorable Samdech Hun Sen, Prime Minister of Cambodia, on August 4, Chairman Ike reported on the activities described in the Joint Statement and exchanged views with the Prime Minister on how best to champion robust development for the Cambodian automobile industry in the coming years.

Beginning in 1996, the AAF (founded in 1976) redoubled its efforts to work as a common platform towards the full realization of the ASEAN Free Trade Area (AFTA).  In recent years, in the push to establish the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC), the AAF has been actively contributing to the pursuit of true market integration in the ASEAN region via diverse channels, including the promotion of harmonized automotive technical regulations and certification within ASEAN.

JAMA has provided strong and sustained support for such AAF activities over the past decades.  At the gathering in Siem Reap, JAMA reconfirmed its commitment to its friendly cooperative ties with AAF in its joint pledge, together with the AAF, to work closely together to enhance the global competitiveness of the ASEAN auto industries and help ensure—through the achievement of greater safety and environmental protection in road transport, among other goals—their sustainable further development.

Joint Statement between AAF and JAMA