Permanent secretary to leave Singapore’s civil service

By on 06/08/2015 | Updated on 25/09/2020

The second permanent secretary at Singapore’s Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI) is leaving the civil service following a government career spanning 17 years.

The 41-year-old Chee Hong Tat will work his last day on Tuesday, 11 August, after just a year in his current role.

He was appointed to his post in 2014, where his areas of responsibilities have included international trade policies, tourism, industrial land, competition policy, entrepreneurship and enterprise development.

He was active in promoting a business-friendly environment and helping SMEs to raise their competitiveness through innovation, market access and capability development.

He led the review of the Consumer Protection (Fair Trading) Act and proposed enhanced measures to protect consumers against errant retailers. As deputy chairman of the pro-enterprise panel, Mr Chee regularly engaged with trade associations and companies to get their feedback on improving government rules and regulations.

Mr Chee first joined government in 1998 and held various appointments in the Ministry of Home Affairs, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Transport and Ministry of Education, before being appointed as principal private secretary to Lee Kuan Yew in 2008.

He was appointed chief executive of the Energy Market Authority (EMA) in 2011, where he led a review of the EMA’s rules and requirements around solar energy.

About Winnie Agbonlahor

Winnie is news editor of Global Government Forum. She previously reported for Civil Service World - the trade magazine for senior UK government officials. Originally from Germany, Winnie first came to the UK in 2006 to study a BA in Journalism & Russian at the University of Sheffield. She is bilingual in English and German, and, after spending an academic year abroad in Russia and reporting for the Moscow Times, Winnie also speaks Russian fluently.

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