ASEAN nations to sign MOU on Cooperation to Aircraft Accident and Incident Investigation
Cebu City (27 May) -- The 10-member nations of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is expected to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Cooperation to Aircraft Accident and Incident Investigation on Thursday, the last day of the three-day 25th ASEAN Senior Transport Officials Meeting (STOM) that kicks off today at the Shangri-la Mactan Resort and Spa in Lapulapu City, Cebu.
Under the MOU, the participating ASEAN member countries will cooperate in aircraft accident and incident investigation, investigation training and sharing of information and expertise, consistent with the standards and recommended practices, aircraft accident and incident investigation, contained in the Chicago Convention.
The MOU will be signed by authorities responsible for the investigation of aircraft accident and incident investigations of each of the ASEAN member nations which, aims to enhance the capabilities and professionalism of their respective aircraft investigators, and strengthen, promote and develop cooperation to enhance aviation safety.
Member states of ASEAN are Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Brunei Darussalam, Singapore, Thailand, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Vietnam and Cambodia.
ASEAN was first established in Bangkok, Thailand on August 8, 1967 by the five original member-countries namely Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore and Thailand. Brunei Darussalam joined on January 8, 1984, Vietnam on July 28 1995, Lao PDR and Myanmar on July 23, 1997 and Cambodia on April 30, 1999.
The objectives of the ASEAN are embodied in the ASEAN Declaration which states that the aims and purposes of the Association are to accelerate economic growth, social progress and cultural development in the region and to promote regional peace and stability through abiding respect for justice and the rule of law in the relationship among countries in the region and adherence to the principles of the Unites Nations Charter. (PIA-Cebu/FCR) [top]