MOTC minister opens 2019 International Air Safety Summit

MOTC Minister Lin Chia-lung hammers home the importance of Taiwan’s role in realizing ICAO’s vision of a seamless sky during his opening address at the 72nd International Air Safety Summit Nov. 4 in Taipei City. (CNA)
MOTC Minister Lin Chia-lung hammers home the importance of Taiwan’s role in realizing ICAO’s vision of a seamless sky during his opening address at the 72nd International Air Safety Summit Nov. 4 in Taipei City. (CNA)
 
Taiwan Can Help the International Civil Aviation Organization realize its seamless sky vision while enhancing regional flight and passenger safety, according to Minister of Transportation and Communications Lin Chia-lung Nov. 4.
 
Safeguarding civil aviation operations is a mission common to all stakeholders, Lin said. As a member of the international community, Taiwan must be allowed to shoulder its share of this responsibility and participate in the activities, mechanisms and meetings of ICAO, he added.
 
Lin made the remarks while opening the 72nd International Air Safety Summit in Taipei City—the first time the annual event has been staged in Taiwan. Organized by Taipei-based China Aviation Development Foundation and U.S.-headquartered Flight Safety Foundation, the three-day IASS involves 350 experts and officials from 37 countries and territories discussing the latest industry and flight services developments.
 
According to Lin, for the past decade Taiwan has been upgrading its civil aviation regulations in accordance with ICAO safety management systems spanning issues such as accountability, organizational structure, policies and procedures. Despite the country’s exclusion from the U.N. specialized agency, the process was completed industrywide as of year-end 2016, he said.
 
Taiwan consistently revises its national air safety plan in line with the latest industry standards, Lin said. This commitment underscores the necessity and legitimacy of the country’s inclusion in the global aviation safety system, he added, citing ICAO’s 2020-2022 Global Aviation Safety Plan in which cooperation and safety management are urged among member states.
 
Established in 1947, FSF comprises 1,000-plus organizations and individuals from 150 countries and territories. Local members include the Civil Aeronautics Administration under the Ministry of Transportation and Communications, as well as Taiwan-based international carriers China Airlines, EVA Airways and Far Eastern Air Transport.