MCI appoints leaders for IMDA and GovTech

The Ministry for Communications and Information has appointed the chairman and board members to the Info-communications Media Development Authority (IMDA), and the Government Technology Agency (GovTech).

The IMDA board, which will be headed by Chan Yeng Kit, permanent secretary (defence) as chairman, will comprise 18 other members, 17 of whom have previously served on the IDA or MDA Board.

Chan’s career has spanned a range of appointments in government, the labour movement, and the private sector. These include management positions in the public service division, National Trades Union Congress, Singapore-Suzhou Township Development, Ministry of trade and industry, Ministry of defence, and Ministry of education. He has also been chief executive officer of the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore after which he took on the role of chairman of the IDA Board from December 2015.

Meanwhile, Ng Chee Khern, Permanent Secretary (Defence Development), will spearhead the GovTech board as the chairman which comprises 13 other members. Six of them have been newly appointed in addition to the seven who have previously served on the boards of IDA or MDA.

Ng has been the permanent secretary in the Ministry of health in the past where he oversaw the overall operations, emergency preparedness and capacity building for the public healthcare sector in Singapore. Post that, he was appointed Chairman of GovTech’s Planning Committee on from April 2016.

IMDA and GovTech will both be established on October, 2016 following the restructuring of the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) and the Media Development Authority of Singapore (MDA).