Beijing on Tuesday confirmed the appointment of Benson Kwok as director of immigration, succeeding Au Ka-wang, who has begun his pre-retirement leave.
Kwok was previously Deputy Director of Immigration for Control, Visa and Documents.
Speaking to reporters later in the day, Kwok expressed gratitude to Beijing for appointing him and vowed to protect national security.
“The Immigration Department will continue to bear our constitutional responsibility of safeguarding national security, guarding the southern gate of the country.”
Kwok said he would also introduce new measures to issue identity cards more efficiently, and ensure a smooth relocation of their headquarters from Wan Chai to Tseung Kwan O next year.
In a statement, Chief Executive John Lee said he believed Kwok's leadership and management skills will help him lead the department to meet the challenges it faces.
"Mr Kwok has served in the Immigration Department for 34 years and has extensive experience in departmental operations. He possesses solid management and leadership skills. I am confident that he will lead the Immigration Department to meet the challenges ahead," Lee said.
The CE also thanked Au for his contributions.
Last updated: 2023-09-19 HKT 20:34