Government and automotive industry representatives from Asia Pacific region including the Philippines, Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia attended the workshop on U.S. Automotive Standards and Technical Regulations on April 21 at the Dusit Thani Hotel, Makati City. The workshop was conducted at the sidelines of the 22nd APEC Automotive Dialogue.

The workshop advocates the importance of adopting standards in the automotive industry to ensure safety and acceptable environmental outcomes.

Speakers at the workshop included representatives of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce Environmental Protection Agency and the American Automotive Policy Council (AAPC).

The AAPC represents the common public policy interests of its member companies – FCA US, Ford Motor Company and General Motors Company and General Motors Company.

Mr. Andrew Parris, International Trade Specialist, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce provided insights and presented “The U.S. Motor Vehicle Standards Development Process.” Mr. Martin Koubek, Senior Policy Advisor, of the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration discussed “Passenger Vehicle Safety”. Mr. Ken Feith, Senior Scientist and International Regulatory Policy Advisor presented “Vehicle Emissions” His presentation includes U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulatory process, product coverage and enforcement.

This 22nd APEC Automotive Dialogue adopted the theme “Integrating SMEs into the Automotive Global Value Chains”. The forum aims to encourage economies to move toward more integrated regional and global approaches to automotive policies. (END)