Taiwan and Indonesia to extend cooperation on immigration issues (Taiwan News)

Jakarta, Aug. 5 (CNA) Taiwan and Indonesia agreed at a meeting between representatives of the two countries on Tuesday to further cooperate on immigration issues, the prevention of human trafficking and the prosecution of traffickers. Taiwan’s representative to Indonesia Chang Liang-jen (???) and Indonesia’s representative to Taiwan Arief Fadillah signed the minutes of Tuesday’s meeting in Jakarta to seal the consensus. Mo Tien-hu (???), director-general of Taiwan’s National Immigration Agency, confirmed Wednesday that immigration officials of the two countries discussed the framework for further cooperation at the third Taiwan-Indonesia conference on immigration affairs Tuesday. Mo flew into Jakarta on Monday to attend the conference, visit refugee shelters, and get a look at the automatic customs clearance system at the international airport on the island of Bali. Taiwan has made considerable strides in combating human trafficking in recent years. In the U.S. State Department’s annual “Trafficking in Persons” (TIP) report released on July 27, it was listed as a Tier 1 country, the highest possible ranking, for the sixth consecutive year in recognition of the government’s efforts to comply with the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking. A source at the Taipei Economic and Trade Office said that Indonesia, which was ranked in Tier 2 in the report, could use Taiwan as a reference in its prosecution of traffickers, training of law enforcement officers, and the raising of public awareness of human trafficking as a crime. (By Jay Chou and Lillian Lin)