Tai­wan, Swazi­land ink MOU to com­bat hu­man traf­fick­ing

The China Post - - LOCAL -

Tai­wan and the King­dom of Swazi­land have signed a mem­o­ran­dum of un­der­stand­ing (MOU) to co­op­er­ate on anti-ter­ror­ism, im­mi­gra­tion af­fairs and the pre­ven­tion of hu­man traf­fick­ing, Tai­wan’s Na­tional Im­mi­gra­tion Agency (NIA) said Thurs­day.

The agree­ment will en­able Tai­wan and Swazi­land to work closely within the con­fines of the law to jointly battle the cross-bor­der is­sues of hu­man traf­fick­ing, il­le­gal im­mi­gra­tion and smug­gling, and ex­change in­for­ma­tion on sus­pected ter­ror­ist ac­tiv­i­ties, the NIA said.

To tackle the prob­lem of il­le­gal im­mi­gra­tion, for ex­am­ple, the two coun­tries will co­op­er­ate on the iden­ti­fi­ca­tion of fake pass­ports, said Frank Fu sec­tion chief of the NIA’s for­eign af­fairs di­vi­sion.

“As Tai­wanese pass­port hold­ers can now en­ter many coun­tries visa-free, an in­creas­ing num­ber of main­land Chi­nese cit­i­zens are us­ing fake Tai­wanese pass­ports to en­ter other coun­tries,” Fu said.

NIA Direc­tor-Gen­eral Mo Tien-hu noted that Tai­wan has been listed as a Tier 1 coun­try in the U.S. State Depart­ment’s Traf­fick­ing in Per­sons Re­port for five con­sec­u­tive years — the only Asian coun­try other than South Korea to have done so — and is will­ing to share its ex­pe­ri­ence with other coun­tries.

The mem­o­ran­dum was signed by Mo in Tai­wan on March 17 and by An­thony Masilela, prin­ci­pal sec­re­tary of Swazi­land’s Min­istry of Home Af­fairs, in Swazi­land on April 8.

The sign­ing of the MOU makes Swazi­land the 13th coun­try in the world, and the sec­ond African na­tion, af­ter The Gam­bia, to sign such an agree­ment with Tai­wan. Other coun­tries in­clude the United States, Ja­pan, In­done­sia, Viet­nam and Gu­atemala.

Fu told CNA his agency will likely sign agree­ments with three more coun­tries by the end of this year, but de­clined to name those coun­tries be­cause talks are still un­der­way.

He said the sign­ing of the MOU with Swazi­land went smoothly be­cause the two sides have diplo­matic re­la­tions, but his agency has also ex­pressed in­ter­est in ink­ing such agree­ments with South Africa, Nige­ria and other coun­tries that Tai­wan does not have diplo­matic ties with.

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