JASIC has been organizing the JASIC Public and Private Joint Forum in the Asian Region over the last few decades, in order to involve more Asian countries in making a uniform system of regulations for vehicle design, which facilitate international trade under the 1958 Agreement of the United Nations World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations (WP.29).

Strengthening the voice of Southeast Asia in the course of harmonizing technical standards and certification systems of automotive products in the world.

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The Joint Forum has created more awareness regarding the 1958 Agreement, and has encouraged more Asian countries to become Contracting Parties (CPs) to the Agreement.

To involve Asian countries (including non-CPs) even more effectively in making international automotive regulations and practices, JASIC, with the support from JAMA, has also established more sub-regional government-industry forums that are held before the annual JASIC Asia Government-Industry Forum in recent years. These are, namely, the JASIC-India, JASIC-CATARC (China) and JASIC-KATRI (Korea) Forums.

As Southeast Asia is moving towards the establishment of an ASEAN Economic Community, which includes the ASEAN Mutual Recognition Agreement for the automotive product sector targeted to be completed by end of 2015, it is no surprise that the inaugural JASIC Forum for South East Asia (abbreviated as the 1st Forum in below paragraphs) was held on 24 November 2015. The 1st Forum was attended by 120 delegates of both private and public sectors from Cambodia, Japan, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam and the ASEAN Automotive Federation (AAF).

To provide an industry voice to the 1st Forum, the AAF/TC3 (Technical Committee 3) and JAMA have also co-hosted the 1st Industry Forum of South East Asia for Automotive Sector (abbreviated as ISEA from now), to consolidate the voice of Southeast Asia’s auto-industry. The following paragraphs provide some of the main outcomes from the 1st ISEA Meeting and 1st Forum.

The 1st Industry Forum of South East Asia (ISEA) for Automotive Sector

The 1st ISEA Meeting agreed that its objective is “to convene an industry meeting prior to the JASIC forum (for Southeast Asia) to discuss ways in which the industry can work together with governments towards the harmonization of technical regulations and accession to the United Nations WP.29 1958 Agreement.”

During the Meeting, the outcome of the AAF/TC3-JAMA Workshop on United Nations Regulations (UNRs) in July 2015 was also shared by a JAMA expert, who supplied further details on the latest draft proposal on UNR13H (technical regulation on braking system). The co-chairs of 1st ISEA expressed that such joint-workshops are useful for industry members in Southeast Asia, to reach a common interpretation in complex technical requirements of different UN Regulations (UNRs), and agreed that both sides should contribute in sharing such information in the future. Each Southeast Asian country’s automotive regulatory movements were reported by its respective industry representative during the Meeting too. The Meeting noted that every ASEAN Member State (AMS) has its own definition of “whole vehicle type”, but recommended that AMS’s should follow the International Whole Vehicle Type Approval (IWVTA)’s definition to facilitate smooth implementation of UNRs in the future. At the moment, however, ISEA recommends that the definition of “vehicle type” follow the definitions of the respective UNRs, which are internationally recognized. Furthermore, ISEA also recommends that vehicle categories should follow UNR’s norms. Finally, a JASIC document on “Q&A of the 1958 Agreement” was shared by a JAMA expert during the Meeting and all ISEA participants are invited to further study it and contribute further questions, if any, to the JASIC Forum for Southeast Asia.

Group photo of the 1st ISEA Meeting

The 1st JASIC Forum for South East Asia

In the 1st Forum, the Chief Representative of JASIC Jakarta Office informed participants that the purpose of the JASIC Forum for South East Asia is “to clarify the technical issues on the automobile standards/certification system, which is common in Southeast Asia, and to provide or exchange the necessary information in order to promote the internationalization of the automobile standards/certification system”.

The Chief Representative also expressed that the forum would strengthen the collaboration framework between Japan and Southeast Asia, and eventually lead to more Southeast Asian countries acceding to the WP.29’s 1958 Agreement and participating in the WP.29 as a fellowship.

A Q&A session regarding the 1958 Agreement was conducted and was responded to by JASIC experts. The session included topics on adopting earlier versions of UN Regulations, which will be possible upon the completion of the 1958 Agreement Revision.

The outcome of the 1st ISEA Meeting was also reported by AAF/TC3 representatives during the 1st Forum. Particularly, the industry’s concerns on the different definitions of “whole vehicle type” found in Southeast Asian countries, and the industry’s recommendation to follow the definitions under the International Whole Vehicle Type Approval (IWVTA) for smooth implementation of UNRs in the future were noted and incorporated into the final report of the 1st Forum.

The next JASIC Forum for South East Asia is expected to be held in Indonesia in 2016.

Delegates of the 1st JASIC Forum for South East Asia.

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