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First immigration affairs meeting held between Taiwan, Belize

2017/10/29 21:06:49

Belize Minister of State in the Ministry of Immigration Beverly Williams (front third left) and NIA Director-General Jeff J. Yang (楊家駿, front third right)

Taipei, Oct. 29 (CNA) Taiwan and Belize have held their first meeting on immigration affairs, according to a press release issued Sunday by the National Immigration Agency (NIA).

The meeting was held late September in Taipei with the aim of strengthening bilateral immigration cooperation, allowing for shared data on crime and setting up platforms for exchange visits by immigration officials from each side, said the NIA.

Belize Minister of State in the Ministry of Immigration Beverly Williams was invited by Taiwan's foreign ministry to attend the meeting, the NIA said.

The meeting was also aimed at helping Belize in terms of combating human trafficking and discussing the handling of refugees.

The meeting proceedings were signed by NIA Director-General Jeff J. Yang (楊家駿) and Williams, witnessed by Belize Ambassador to Taiwan Diane Haylock.

The NIA noted that Taiwan maintained its Tier 1 ranking for the eighth consecutive year in the U.S. Department of State- issued 2017 Trafficking in Persons Report, and added that both international and regional cooperation is needed to combat human trafficking.

The press release also pointed out that on Aug. 15, 2014, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between Taiwan's Ministry of the Interior and Belize's Ministry of Labour, Local Government, Rural Development, and National Emergency Management and Immigration and Nationality concerning cooperation in immigration affairs and human trafficking prevention.

(By Huang Li-yun and William Yen)