Thu, Jul 17, 2003 - Page 2 News List

Aiming high in aviation

By Fiona Lu  /  STAFF REPORTER

The Executive Yuan yesterday unveiled a plan to foster the development of select aviation industries in the hope of helping the country become a regional hub of aviation development.

The 10-year incentive plan, kicking off next year, aims to coordinate plans of developing four aviation-related industries: aircraft manufacturing and development, defense, airlines and tourism and it aims to create greater output value, Minister without Portfolio Tsai Ching-yen (蔡清彥) told a news conference after the weekly Cabinet meeting yesterday morning.

Through the plan, the government will help national aircraft manufacturers improve their manufacturing capabilities to meet with international aviation sector standards.

Domestic manufacturers are to receive incentive funds as part of the plan to advance their research and development and allow them to participate in an international aviation fair and other events.

More research and development programs for warplane manufacturing are crucial aspects of the plan to build up a more self-reliant defense industry.

The plan calls for improved airport infrastructure and better airline services to make the nation become a center of regional aviation transportation.

Inspiring Taiwanese to devote to leisure-industry development in tandem with increased flight activity was included in the 10-year plan.

"An estimated 17,600 jobs by 2013 could result if the 10-year plan is accomplished," Tsai said.

An annual NT$353 billion output value will be brought out by the fulfillment of the plan this year, he said.

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