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SEPTEMBER 23, 2019 DAILY NEWS BULLETIN — OVERVIEW OF THE PARTICIPATION AND WORKING FOCAL POINTS OF "TAIWAN ICAO ACTION TEAM" — ONLY TAIWAN’S PARTICIPATION CAN ENSURE THAT ICAO'S BIG DATA INFORMATION

  1. During the 40th International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Assembly, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs held an international press conference in Montreal, Canada on September 23 at 11 a.m. At this event, the “Taiwan ICAO Action Team” headed by Wen-yi Chen, Taiwan's representative to Canada, and Shu-ping Ho, Deputy Director General of Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA) expressed to media journalists about the Taiwan's determination to participate in ICAO.
  2. At the event, CAA Deputy Director General Ho pointed out that there are over 300 Flight Information Regions around the world. Since the Taipei Flight Information Region under the CAA’s jurisdiction is an inseparable part of the ICAO global FIRs, the CAA should have the right to maintain direct contact with ICAO, and obtain information from ICAO in real-time, which will ensure regional and global aviation safety for passenger and cargo transportation. ICAO provides a forum for authorities in civil aviation worldwide to discuss air navigation, aviation safety, security, environmental protection, economics, and other issues, as well as develop future global programs and initiatives that will be binding on all countries. Based on the specialization and technology of civil aviation, Taiwan should be an integral part of the greater world, and should not be left outside of the ICAO system. Since Taiwan's civil aviation achievements are obvious to all, the acceptance of Taiwan in ICAO will not only meet the needs of regional and global aviation development, but also achieve the ICAO’s goal of a "seamless sky".
  3. For the ICAO, there are still some missing data, especially the lack of air transportation information concerning Taipei Flight Information Region and Taiwan. Since delegations from authorities in civil aviation worldwide attend the ICAO Assembly, it shall be an ideal opportunity to engage in interchange with various countries’ civil aviation agencies. In the coming week, we will make contact with aviation professionals affiliated with our diplomatic allies, friendly countries, and NGOs. We will also take this opportunity to share Taiwan's recent efforts and experience on air traffic management, aviation safety, and security. We hope that ICAO will give Taiwan the respect it deserves.
  4. It can be seen from ICAO’s working papers, ICAO is striving to expand the scope of its statistical data, and seeks to improve the quality of data through gathering, consulting, and comparing data from different sources, which will enable it to establish an even better foundation for subsequent analysis and applications. It is almost the same as that method of the big data analysis require a high level of data integrity and correctness.
  5. Taiwan is located in an important geographical location at the junction of Northeast and Southeast Asia, which is also considered a crucial area in the development of international civil aviation. According to preliminary estimates made by the CAA, the annual transport volume of Taiwan’s airlines accounts for 2-3% of global revenue ton-kilometers (RTKs). As the management authority of the Taipei Flight Information Region, the CAA definitely has the most precise command of this piece of the sky. If the scope of the ICAO’s data collection does not include Taiwan, this will inevitably be detrimental to the correctness of its big data analysis. Taiwan would be glad to participate in the ICAO’s statistical programs, share Taiwan’s data and experience, and hopes in this way to contribute to the integrity and correctness of international civil aviation data.
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International press conference to secure Taiwan's participation in ICAO, September 23, 2019
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