From Government of Indonesia

ASEAN Prepares ‘Green Line’ Facility

The 10 members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) are preparing a plan to facilitate the flow of goods in the region to boost regional trade.

The facility, called the Green Line, will reduce operating costs and save more time in shipping goods, Asean secretary general Ong Keng Yong said Wednesday (17/1/07).

He said the shipment of goods in the region often undergo examinations in a number of posts in border areas before reaching the destination country.

Goods transported from Singapore to Vietnam by land have to undergo checks at the border with Malaysia, the Malaysian-Thai border, the Thai-Cambodian border and the Cambodian-Vietnamese border before being unloaded in Vietnam, he said. It should be sufficient to conduct examination only in the destination country, he added.

He said Asean leaders have agreed to implement the Green Line plan fully in 2008.

Indonesia will agree to implement the plan reciprocally, chief economics minister Boediono was quoted as saying by Antara.
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