ASEAN Partners with China, South Korea, Japan to Foster a Unified Regional EV Ecosystem

ASEAN Partners with China, South Korea, Japan to Foster a Unified Regional EV Ecosystem

"Currently, ASEAN is in the process of establishing a regional ecosystem for electric vehicles (EVs) and is actively seeking support from its East Asian neighbors, as explained by an Indonesian diplomat. The ASEAN bloc is set to introduce a new collaboration focused on the EV ecosystem within the ASEAN Plus Three (APT) framework. This announcement is expected to take place during the upcoming 43rd ASEAN Summit in Jakarta next month.

The APT framework involves economic cooperation between ASEAN and three East Asian nations: China, South Korea, and Japan, dating back to 1997. This new cooperation on the e-mobility ecosystem follows a prior declaration by Southeast Asian leaders on the same topic in May. According to Berlianto Pandapotan Hasudungan, the Director for ASEAN's Economic Cooperation at the Foreign Affairs Ministry, not all ASEAN member states have adopted consistent standards, regulations, or EV infrastructure. Consequently, they are seeking assistance from the three APT nations to develop their EV ecosystem.

More details about the collaboration between ASEAN and China-Japan-Korea regarding the EV ecosystem are expected to be disclosed once the ASEAN Plus Three leaders' statement on the EV Ecosystem is adopted in September. ASEAN's objective is to standardize EV-related criteria among its member states to promote trade, particularly for environmentally friendly vehicles and their components. This standardization encompasses aspects such as electric plug compatibility, which currently varies among countries.

According to Berlianto, having unified standards is crucial for the development of a regional EV supply chain, making it easier for member states to trade EVs and components. He pointed out that a common battery capacity standard, for example, would enable consumers to interchange batteries effortlessly.

When asked about a timeline for achieving unified regional standards, Berlianto stated that the process had only just begun. He emphasized that a leaders' declaration represents the highest level of political commitment and will need to be implemented through smaller sectoral bodies. For instance, ministers will work on a framework or roadmap, while senior officials' meetings (SOM) will address the technical aspects to advance its implementation."

Akhyari Hananto

I began my career in the banking industry in 1997, and stayed approx 6 years in it. This industry boost his knowledge about the economic condition in Indonesia, both macro and micro, and how to More understand it. My banking career continued in Yogyakarta when I joined in a program funded by the Asian Development Bank (ADB),as the coordinator for a program aimed to help improve the quality of learning and teaching process in private universities in Yogyakarta. When the earthquake stroke Yogyakarta, I chose to join an international NGO working in the area of ?disaster response and management, which allows me to help rebuild the city, as well as other disaster-stricken area in Indonesia. I went on to become the coordinator for emergency response in the Asia Pacific region. Then I was assigned for 1 year in Cambodia, as a country coordinator mostly to deliver developmental programs (water and sanitation, education, livelihood). In 2009, he continued his career as a protocol and HR officer at the U.S. Consulate General in Surabaya, and two years later I joined the Political and Economic Section until now, where i have to deal with extensive range of people and government officials, as well as private and government institution troughout eastern Indonesia. I am the founder and Editor-in-Chief in Good News From Indonesia (GNFI), a growing and influential social media movement, and was selected as one of The Most Influential Netizen 2011 by The Marketeers magazine. I also wrote a book on "Fundamentals of Disaster Management in 2007"?, "Good News From Indonesia : Beragam Prestasi Anak Bangsa di dunia"? which was luanched in August 2013, and "Indonesia Bersyukur"? which is launched in Sept 2013. In 2014, 3 books were released in which i was one of the writer; "Indonesia Pelangi Dunia"?, "Indonesia The Untold Stories"? and "Growing! Meretas Jalan Kejayaan" I give lectures to students in lectures nationwide, sharing on full range of issues, from economy, to diplomacy Less
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