TAIPEI (CNA) — Taiwan will host the annual meeting of the International Transportation Safety Association (ITSA) in 2022, which is expected to boost the country’s global visibility, a transportation official said Saturday.
The meeting of ITSA, an international network of heads of independent safety investigation authorities, will bring experts from across the world to exchange their views and experiences in improving transportation safety, according to Taiwan Transportation Safety Board (TTSB) head Young Hong-tsu (楊宏智).
The last and only time Taiwan held an ITSA annual general meeting was in 2010, in the capacity of the Aviation Safety Council (ASC), Young said.
The ASC was transformed into the TTSB in August to better handle major transportation accidents not only in the air, but on railways, waterways and highways in Taiwan.
The ITSA currently has members from 19 agencies in 17 countries, including Japan, South Korea, the United States, Canada and Australia.
Earlier this month, Taiwan hosted its first International Air Safety Summit, with the participation of experts from around the world, including those from the United States National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), as well as France’s Directorate General for Civil Aviation (DGCA).