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Mo begins new post as director-general of NIA

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Mo Tien-fu (莫天虎) yesterday succeeded Hsieh Li-kung (謝立功) as director-general of the National Immigration Agency (NIA) in a hand-over ceremony hosted by Interior Minister Chen Wei-zen (陳威仁).

Chen lauded the outgoing director-general, saying that Hsieh has made many achievements in terms of international cooperation and helping new immigrants settle in Taiwan. The minister said that he expects the incoming director-general to ensure the NIA's central mandate of immigration clearance and border control and to comply with the central government's policy of taking care of new immigrants.

Hsieh has been appointed to the National Security Council in an advisory capacity.

Mo said that the NIA requires resources to continue strengthening border control, and that through close cooperation with national security agencies it will continue to fight crime and create a friendlier environment for immigrants.

Mo graduated with a bachelor's degree in mathematics from National Central University. He completed his postgraduate studies in business management at Southeastern University in the U.S. He passed a national examination in 1978 to become a member of the Bureau of Investigation under the Ministry of Justice (MOJ), going on to serve in various posts under the MOJ across Taiwan.

Hsieh was the third director-general of the NIA, formerly the Immigration Bureau. The Immigration Act was promulgated in 1999, providing for the establishment of the NIA under the Ministry of the Interior. Several statutes related to the NIA were drafted and then passed by the Legislative Yuan in 2005 and were promulgated by the president in the same year. The NIA was officially established on Jan. 2, 2007. The agency is primarily in charge of border control and immigration.

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From left, outgoing National Immigration Agency (NIA) Director-General Hsieh Li-kung (謝立功), Interior Minister Chen Wei-zen (陳威仁), and incoming (NIA) Director-General Mo Tien-fu (莫天虎) have their photographs taken with the NIA's official seal at a hand-over ceremony in Taipei, yesterday. (CNA)

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