Taipei deputy mayor desinated as Cabinet secretary-general
Central News Agency
2013-02-02 08:45 PM
Taipei, Feb. 2 (CNA) Taipei Deputy Mayor Chen Wei-zen was designated as secretary-general of the Executive Yuan, a Cabinet official announced Friday. Chen, who graduated from National Cheng Kung University's Department of Urban Planning, has a masters degree in engineering from the University of Washington in the United States and a Ph.D. from the Graduate School of Planning and Urban Design at Taiwan's Chinese Culture University. In addition to his engineering background, the Executive Yuan said Chen has served in various important government posts, such as deputy transportation and communications minister, and commissioner of Taipei's Bureau of Public Works and Bureau of Urban Development. As a result, Chen, who is good at coordinating with government agencies, is believed to be able to help bridge the communication gap between the Cabinet and the public. Steven Chen, the outgoing Cabinet secretary-general, will serve as a minister without portfolio. The Executive Yuan said he has rich experience working with government agencies, including serving in the Kaohsiung and Taipei city governments. After leaving the Overseas Compatriot Affairs Commission in 2003, he devoted himself to public causes for another six years, serving as secretary-general of the Chinese Taipei Olympic Committee and as secretary-general of the Red Cross Society of the Republic of China. A good negotiator, Steven Chen has helped push various important bills while serving as Cabinet secretary-general since 2012. (By Hsieh Chia-chen and Maia Huang)
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