- Posted September 17, 2013 by
Safety of International Air Transport main agenda for Taiwan’s invitation to attend ICAO assembly
By: Eric B. Apolonio 9/17/13
Taipei, Taiwan- After years of difficulties, finally the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) had invited the Republic of China (Taiwan) to attend the 38th Session of the ICAO Assembly to be convened September 24 to October 4 in Montréal, Canada.
The invitation was extended to Ms. Shen Chi, Director General of the Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA) by Mr. Roberto Kobeh González, the ICAO governing council's president as his guests under the name “Chinese Taipei.”
For over 40 years, Taiwan has not been able to enter ICAO community since it was excluded from the organization in 1971; this is the first time that the ICAO has invited Taiwan to take part in its activities, marking a step forward in Taiwan’s bid to join the organization as an observer, according to the CAA.
Taiwan being a key international transport hub is one of the busiest airspace in the world; handling 40 million passengers on its international gateways with over 47 foreign airlines operating flights from Taipei to over 100 international destinations. Each year nearly 1.3 million flights are passing through the 180,000 square nautical miles Taipei Flight Information Region (Taipei FIR) serving as the major air transportation hub that links Asia, Europe and North America.
The Taipei FIR is an indispensable link in East Asia’s air traffic network, with Taiwan’s participation in the Assembly, it is expected that it will boost and enhance its capacity in aviation safety; flights control services, and aviation standards.
Taiwan will also take advantage of this opportunity at the ICAO Assembly to boost its cooperation with the international civil aviation community and contribute to aviation safety, so as to assist ICAO in realizing a seamless global aviation network.
Taiwan Foreign Minister David Lin welcomes the invitation saying that his government is elated on the good news after years of trying since 2009, Taiwan, has been seeking international support for its bid to participate in ICAO to help promote international civil aviation safety and orderly development of global aviation services.
"It's the first time that the ICAO, a United Nations specialized agency, has "It's the first time that the ICAO, a United Nations specialized agency, has ever invited Taiwan to participate in its activities since our country withdrew from the U.N. 42 years ago," Lin said.
"We have finally taken a stride forward in our bid," he said, adding that the achievement was scored through continued efforts, international support and improved relations across the Taiwan Strait.
Taiwan Civil aviation authorities are upbeat on the coming ICAO assembly as it will benefit general aviation as a whole, while the country will gain better knowledge of the development of international aviation standards, obtain first-hand information crucial to aviation safety, and be able to exchange views on the international civil aviation matter with other countries and members of international civil aviation community.