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Asian Motorcycle Manufacturers Meet in the Philippines

More than 90 delegates from Asia’s motorcycle industry arrived for the 31st FAMI Conference hosted by the MDPPA in the Philippines.

The Motorcycle Development Program Participants Association (MDPPA) recently hosted the 31st

bi-annual conference of the Federation of Asian Motorcycle Industries (FAMI) last September 24 to 26, 2014 held at the Marriott Hotel in Pasay City.

More than 90 industry representatives from Asia joined the simultaneous meetings of FAMI’s various committees such as the Technical, Research & Planning, and Management and its sub-committees. These meetings aimed to address common issues to support the sound development of Asia’s two-wheeler business with conscious and active role in ensuring safety on the road and the environment. The event concluded on the third day with a tour in Tagaytay to foster camaraderie among the participants.

One of the highlights of the event is the FAMI Declaration on Motorcycle Road Safety, wherein Presidents of member associations attested their support by signing an agreement stating that all

FAMI members’ activities will give priority on road safety in accordance to the following principles:

  • Promotion of the preservation and respect for life
  • Provision of road users’ education through training, seminars, dissemination of useful information and awareness campaigns
  • Development of road users’ proper behavior, attitude, skills and knowledge to mitigate risks
  • Strengthening members’ capability by exchange of information and best practices and sharing of resources
  • Collaboration with stakeholders on improvement of road safety conditions and environment
  • Improvement on product safety by technology development

MDPPA President Ms. Catalina Calderon (4th from left) together with FAMI member’s officers signed the FAMI Declaration on Motorcycle Road Safety

The 32nd FAMI Conference is set in March 2015 and will be hosted by the Thai Automotive Industry Association (TAIA) in Thailand.

FAMI member associations include the Indonesian Motorcycle Industry Association (AISI), the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association (JAMA), the Motorcycles and Assemblers and Distributors Association of Malaysia (MASAAM), the Motorcycle Development Program Participants Association of the Philippines (MDPPA), the Thai Automotive Industry Association (TAIA) and the Taiwan Transportation Vehicle Manufacturers Association (TVMA).

MDPPA, on the other hand, groups motorcycle manufacturers such as Honda Philippines, Kawasaki Motors, Suzuki Philippines, Yamaha, and Kymco. These companies make the majority of the motorcycle industry in the Philippines.