Call­ing on the In­ter­na­tional Com­mu­nity to Sup­port Tai­wan’s Mean­ing­ful Par­tic­i­pa­tion in the In­ter­na­tional Civil Avi­a­tion Or­ga­ni­za­tion

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Ho Chen Tan Min­is­ter of Trans­porta­tion and Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Repub­lic of China

To align with in­ter­na­tional avi­a­tion safety stan­dards, Tai­wan has ac­tively strived to gain par­tic­i­pa­tion in the In­ter­na­tional Civil Avi­a­tion Or­ga­ni­za­tion. In­deed, for many years, Tai­wan has worked with other coun­tries around the globe to im­prove the qual­ity and ef­fi­ciency of in­ter­na­tional air ser­vices. Tai­wan’s par­tic­i­pa­tion in ICAO would lead to closer co­op­er­a­tion in the in­ter­na­tional civil avi­a­tion in­dus­try and boost its de­vel­op­ment, thereby con­tribut­ing to the ICAO goal of achiev­ing a safe and seam­less sky.

Tai­wan is lo­cated in the busiest sec­tion of airspace in East Asia. In 2015 Tai­wan Taoyuan In­ter­na­tional Air­port was ranked 11th and sixth in the world in pas­sen­ger and cargo vol­umes, re­spec­tively, ac­cord­ing to the Air­ports Coun­cil In­ter­na­tional. In the same year, 74 air­lines of­fered ser­vices to and from Tai­wan, op­er­at­ing sched­uled pas­sen­ger and cargo flights on 301 routes and con­nect­ing 135 cities around the world. And the Taipei Flight In­for­ma­tion Re­gion— ad­min­is­tered by Tai­wan— pro­vided over 1.53 mil­lion in­stances of air traf­fic con­trol ser­vices and han­dled 58 mil­lion in­com­ing and out­go­ing pas­sen­gers in 2015, serv­ing as an in­dis­pens­able part of the global air trans­port network.

For over four decades, Tai­wan’s civil avi­a­tion au­thor­i­ties, whether in terms of ef­fort or in­vest­ment, have out­done their coun­ter­parts in many other coun­tries in striv­ing to meet flight safety and se­cu­rity reg­u­la­tions set by ICAO. Air safety, nav­i­ga­tion, se­cu­rity, en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion, and eco­nomic mat­ters are of great con­cern to ICAO, and re­lated chal­lenges must be tack­led through close co­op­er­a­tion among all coun­tries. As such, Tai­wan’s mean­ing­ful par­tic­i­pa­tion in ICAO is a ne­ces­sity.

Fol­low­ing many years of ef­fort, Tai­wan was in­vited to at­tend the 38th ICAO As­sem­bly in 2013 thanks to the sup­port of Euro­pean na­tions, the United States, and other friendly coun­tries. Tai­wan aims to con­tinue to par­tic­i­pate in the meet­ings, mech­a­nisms, and ac­tiv­i­ties of ICAO in a pro­fes­sional and con­struc­tive man­ner. As a mem­ber of the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity, Tai­wan shares in the re­spon­si­bil­ity of safe­guard­ing re­gional and global avi­a­tion safety and is com­mit­ted to con­tribut­ing to the fur­ther de­vel­op­ment of global avi­a­tion and the well­be­ing of all mankind. Tai­wan will con­tinue to share its civil avi­a­tion ex­pe­ri­ence and ex­per­tise with other na­tions, so as to jointly en­sure the safe, or­derly, and sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment of the in­ter­na­tional civil avi­a­tion in­dus­try.

Min­is­ter Ho Chen Tan ral­lies sup­port for Tai­wan in­clu­sion in ICAO.

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