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Taiwan-Indonesian immigration meeting ends with fruitful results

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- A Taiwanese delegation headed by Ho Jung-chun (何榮村), director general of the National Immigration Agency (NIA), Friday wrapped up a fruitful five-day visit to Jakarta for an annual bilateral meeting with its Indonesian counterpart, as both sides reached a spate of consensuses on relevant immigration issues.

The 5th Immigration Bilateral Meeting between Indonesia's Directorate General of Immigration and Taiwan's NIA, held on Wednesday, May 10 was jointly presided over by Ho and his Indonesian counterpart Ronney F. Sompie.

Later in the day, they also jointly witnessed the signing of a memorandum of understanding on conclusions of the meeting by John C. Chen (陳忠), Taiwan's representative to Jakarta and his counterpart Robert J. Bintaryo, Indonesia's rep to Taipei.

Among the conclusions, both sides agreed to build a cross-border information sharing mechanism, exchange refugee accommodation practices, allow reciprocal visa-free stays for nationals of both countries, and enhance border security and customs clearance for tourists from either side.

In addition, both sides would continue to emphasize to their citizens the importance of observing immigration rules and regulations. In this regard, Indonesian delegates stressed that any immigrant found to engage in activities not identical to the purposes as indicated on entry visas will face a maximum jail term of five years and maximum fine of 500 million rupiahs (NT$750,000).

Delegates of both countries shared the view that the meeting could significantly boost bilateral cooperation in attacking cross-border human trafficking and smuggling operations.

In reviewing the implementation of the agreements reached in the 4th meeting, both sides highlighted impressive achievements in the sharing of information on cross-border crimes committed by immigrants, deportation of criminals, exchange of short-term training programs for immigration officers, and cooperation in information technology.

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