Permanent Secretary Appointments – 25 July 2014
The following appointments will take effect on 1 August 2014:
a) MG(NS) Ng Chee Khern, Permanent Secretary (Defence Development), will be appointed concurrently as Second Permanent Secretary (Health); and
b) Mr Albert Chua, Deputy Secretary (Asia-Pacific and International Organisations), Ministry of Foreign Affairs, will be appointed Second Permanent Secretary (Foreign Affairs).
As the Second Permanent Secretary, they will work with the Permanent Secretary to support the priorities of their Ministries and drive major initiatives being undertaken.
Mr Albert Chua, 46, joined the Foreign Service Branch of the Administrative Service in 1992. He has served in various appointments in MFA before his appointment as Principal Private Secretary to then Prime Minister Mr Goh Chok Tong (subsequently Senior Minister) from 2004 to 2007. He was appointed High Commissioner to Australia in 2008 and Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York in 2011. He has been Deputy Secretary (Asia-Pacific and International Organisations), MFA since 2013.