PRINCIPLES FOR COOPERATION ON IMPROVING TRAVEL SECURITY BETWEEN THE TAIPEI ECONOMIC AND CULTURAL REPRESENTATIVE OFFICE IN THE UNITED STATES AND THE AMERICAN INSTITUTE IN TAIWAN-1

  December 18, 2008Mr. Jason C. YuanRepresentativeTaipei Economic and Cultural RepresentativeOffice in the United States4201 Wisconsin Avenue, N.W.Washington, D.C. 20016Dear Representative Yuan,I am writing to you to convey the “Principles for Cooperation onImproving Travel Security" as provided below. These principleshave been approved by our respective authorities and representour strong mutual interest in passenger security. This letterand your response shall constitute a bilateral agreement betweenAIT and TECRO.PRINCIPLES FOR COOPERATION ONIMPROVING TRAVEL SECURITYFor the purposes of these principles, “the participants" meansthe American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) and the Taipei Economicand Cultural Representative Office (TECRO).The participants intend to cooperate with each other and throughtheir designated representatives to enhance travel security. Theparticipants intend to work, through their designatedrepresentatives, to combat fraudulent travel and promote andfacilitate the flow of legitimate travel by sharing informationon passengers and cooperating on measures, programs, systems,policies, and procedures for travel security.The participants intend to continue to work, through theirdesignated representatives and in conformity with internationalguidelines and recognized international best practices, tofacilitate the development and issuance of secure traveldocuments, including e-passports, as appropriate. Theparticipants also intend, through their designatedrepresentatives, to exchange information on processes used toapply and qualify for the issuance of such travel documentation.The participants intend, through their designatedrepresentatives, to explore ways to exchange information toimprove capabilities to identify known or suspected terroristsfor the purpose of improving screening efforts to prevent andinterdict terrorist travel.The participants intend, through their designatedrepresentatives, to explore improved methods of reporting andexchanging data on lost and stolen passports, including methodsnow supported by the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC)forum and the International Criminal Police Organization(INTERPOL), to determine if those can be used to mutualadvantage by the participants.The participants intend, through their designatedrepresentatives, to continue and extend cooperation indevelopment and management of air marshals programs.The participants, in conformity with mutually accepted standardsset by relevant international organizations, intend, throughtheir designated representatives, to cooperate on matters ofairport security.AIT and TECRO, in conjunction with their designatedrepresentatives, intend to establish a working group todetermine specific projects to further the goals outlined above.The participants intend, through their designatedrepresentatives, to make subject matter experts available, asappropriate, to implement such projects as the working group mayidentify.Any written agreements, understandings, or other writtenarrangements implementing programs or other cooperative measuresconsistent with these principles will be concluded between AITand TECRO. End of “Principles for Cooperation on ImprovingTravel Security”.Thank you for your continuing cooperation.Sincerely,Barbara J. SchrageManaging Directorcc: Doug Palmeri, DHS Deena Parker, EAP/TC Jim Levy, AIT/T/CONS Hanscom Smith, AIT/T/ECON December 19, 2008Ms. Barbara J. SchrageManaging DirectorAmerican Institute in Taiwan1700 North Moore Street, 17th Fl.Arlington, VA 22209Dear Ms. Schrage:Reference is made to your letter of December 18, 2008, regardingthe “Principles for Cooperation on Improving Travel Security."The aforementioned letter reads as follows:“I am writing to you to convey the “Principles for Cooperationon Improving Travel Security" as provided below. Theseprinciples have been approved by our respective authorities andrepresent our strong mutual interest in passenger security. Thisletter and your response shall constitute a bilateral agreementbetween AIT and TECRO.PRINCIPLES FOR COOPERATION ONIMPROVING TRAVEL SECURITYFor the purposes of these principles, “the participants" meansthe American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) and the Taipei Economicand Cultural Representative Office (TECRO).The participants intend to cooperate with each other and throughtheir designated representatives to enhance travel security. Theparticipants intend to work, through their designatedrepresentatives, to combat fraudulent travel and promote andfacilitate the flow of legitimate travel by sharing informationon passengers and cooperating on measures, programs, systems,policies, and procedures for travel security.The participants intend to continue to work, through theirdesignated representatives and in conformity with internationalguidelines and recognized international best practices, tofacilitate the development and issuance of secure traveldocuments, including e-passports, as appropriate. Theparticipants also intend, through their designatedrepresentatives, to exchange information on processes used toapply and qualify for the issuance of such travel documentation.The participants intend, through their designatedrepresentatives, to explore ways to exchange information toimprove capabilities to identify known or suspected terroristsfor the purpose of improving screening efforts to prevent andinterdict terrorist travel.The participants intend, through their designatedrepresentatives, to explore improved methods of reporting andexchanging data on lost and stolen passports, including methodsnow supported by the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC)forum and the International Criminal Police Organization(INTERPOL), to determine if those can be used to mutualadvantage by the participants.The participants intend, through their designatedrepresentatives, to continue and extend cooperation indevelopment and management of air marshals programs.The participants, in conformity with mutually accepted standardsset by relevant international organizations, intend, throughtheir designated representatives, to cooperate on matters ofairport security.AIT and TECRO, in conjunction with their designatedrepresentatives, intend to establish a working group todetermine specific projects to further the goals outlined above.The participants intend, through their designatedrepresentatives, to make subject matter experts available, asappropriate, to implement such projects as the working group mayidentify.Any written agreements, understandings, or other writtenarrangements implementing programs or other cooperative measuresconsistent with these principles will be concluded between AITand TECRO. End of “Principles for Cooperation on ImprovingTravel Security”.Thank you for your continuing cooperation.In reply, I am writing to accept, on behalf of TECRO, theproposed agreement and to confirm that the aforesaid letter andthis reply shall constitute a bilateral agreement between TECROand AIT.With warmest regards,Sincerely,Jason C. YuanRepresentativeJCY/ctjccc: Mr. Ted MannDirector, Office of Taiwan CoordinationEAP, Dept. of StateMr. Douglas Palmeri,Acting Director, Office of International AffairsDepartment of Homeland Security

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