Taiwan to host 2019 International Air Safety Summit

Taipei, The Flight Safety Foundation (FSF) will hold the 72th International Air Safety Summit from Nov. 4 to 6 in Taipei, in collaboration with the Taipei-based China Aviation Development Foundation (CADF).

Deputy Transportation Minister Wang Kwo-tsai (???), who is also CADF chairman, signed a memorandum of understanding on holding the summit with FSF Vice President Mark Millam on Friday.

It will be the first time the annual Air Safety Summit takes place in Taiwan, and it should attract up to 400 participants, including public agencies, airlines and airplane manufacturers, from 50 countries, Wang said.

Discussions will focus on issues concerning aviation safety, training and management, he said.

The summit represents a big opportunity for Taiwan, Wang said, because it gives Taiwan the chance to demonstrate to the world market its capabilities in maintaining and repairing aircraft, a market worth NT$3 trillion (US$103 billion) a year.

Taiwan only has a 2.2 percent share of that market at present, according to Wang.

Millam said the Air Safety Summit is attended by hundreds of international experts in aviation safety every year, who propose new directions to lower risks.

He felt the Asia-Pacific area was an ideal choice for holding the summit because it has long been the locomotive driving growth in the aviation sector.

On Taiwan's bid to join the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), Millam expressed his support, saying he believed Taiwan's participation would facilitate the maintenance of global aviation safety.

FSF, founded in 1947, is an international non-profit organization exclusively chartered to provide impartial, independent, expert safety guidance and resources for the aviation and aerospace industry.

The foundation has a membership including over 1,000 organizations and individuals in 150 countries, including Taiwan's Civil Aeronautics Administration, Aviation Safety Council, Flight Safety Foundation, China Airlines, EVA Airways and Far Eastern Air Transport.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel