March 21, 2011
The State Council has, on the nomination and recommendation of Chief Executive Donald Tsang, approved the appointment of Deputy Director of Immigration Chan Kwok-ki as Director from March 28.
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He will succeed Simon Peh who is retiring after 33 years' government service. Mr Tsang said Mr Chan has served in the Immigration Department for 28 years and has extensive knowledge and experience in its operations and management.
Mr Chan has made great efforts in enhancing the efficiency and professionalism of the department. I am confident he will lead the Immigration Department in meeting the challenges ahead.
Speaking on the retirement of Mr Peh, Mr Tsang said: “Since taking up the appointment as Director of Immigration in April 2008, Mr Peh has put in commendable efforts in ensuring effective immigration control and enforcement of immigration laws, leading the Immigration Department to become one of the most efficient and effective immigration services in the world. We sincerely wish Mr Peh a happy retirement.”
Mr Chan, 52, joined the department as an Assistant Immigration Officer in October 1982. He was appointed Assistant Director in April 2007 and Deputy Director in September 2009.