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Taipei deputy mayor named new labor minister (update)
Central News Agency
2014-08-20 12:44 PM
Taipei, Aug. 20 (CNA) Taipei Deputy Mayor Chen Hsiung-wen was named Taiwan's new labor minister Wednesday, filling the position vacated by Pan Shih-wei, who resigned the post in July amid rumors that he had had an inappropriate relationship with his secretary. Chen is considered an expert in environmental pollution control, administration and industrial policy planning. Prior to becoming deputy mayor, he served in several posts at the Cabinet-level Environmental Protection Administration and as commissioner of the Taipei City Department of Economic Development. He is best known for planning and running the 2010 Taipei International Flora Exposition during his term as commissioner of the department. He also introduced an air pollution control fee during his term as director-general of the EPA's Department of Air Quality Protection and Noise Control that helped improve Taiwan's air quality, according to the Executive Yuan, which announced the new appointment. Chen made the list of Model Civil Servants of the Executive Yuan in 1994 and 2002 and was one of the recipients of the Sun Yun-suan Foundation's award for distinguished civil servants in 2004. The Executive Yuan said it believes Chen will be able to make important contributions to Taiwan's labor policies and help continue the government's work in the area. Chen has a bachelor's degree in civil engineering and a master's degree in environmental engineering from National Cheng Kung University. He has also served as a division chief of the Kaohsiung City Environmental Protection Bureau and as the head of the EPA's Environmental Analysis Laboratory, Department of Waste Management and Department of Comprehensive Planning. (By Tang Pei-chun and Christie Chen)
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