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Deputy minister named new Cabinet advisor

TAIPEI -- The Executive Yuan said Tuesday that Political Deputy Minister of Economic Affairs Liang Kuo-hsin (梁國新) has been named an advisor to the Cabinet.

The Cabinet will take advantage of Liang's expertise in negotiations on Taiwan's efforts to sign trade agreements in its bid to join regional economic blocs, in particular the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP).

The appointment came after Liang, 63, expressed his wish to leave his position at the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) for health reasons, according to the MOEA.

Liang will be able to continue to make great contributions to the country while still working for the government, according to the Executive Yuan.

As a political deputy economics minister, Liang was in charge of Taiwan's efforts in talks to sign the Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement (ECFA) with China, an investment protection agreement with Japan and an economic cooperation agreement with New Zealand.

Before serving as a political deputy economics minister, Liang served as the ministry's administrative deputy minister and as chief of staff to the Vice President's Office.

Prior to working for the Vice President's Office, Liang was head of the economic division of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the U.S. and deputy director of the Bureau of Foreign Trade under the MOEA.

Meanwhile, the Executive Yuan announced that Administrative Deputy Minister of Economic Affairs Duh Tyzz-jiun (杜紫軍) will assume Liang's position.

Duh, 55, used to hold several important positions in the MOEA's subordinate agencies, including director of the Industrial Development Bureau (IDB), director of the Department of Industrial Technology, ministry advisor and head of the ministry's Department of Commerce.

The Cabinet said Shen Jong-chin, 63, who is the incumbent director of the IDB, has been named as administrative deputy minister of economic affairs, taking over Duh's position.

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