Ministry of Communications and Information

The Ministry of Communications and Information (MCI; Malay: Kementerian Perhubungan dan Penerangan; Chinese: 通讯及新闻部; Tamil: தொடர்பு, தகவல் அமைச்சு) is a ministry of the Government of Singapore responsible for overseeing the development of the infocomm technology, cyber security, media sectors, as well as the government’s information and public communication policies. It is also responsible for maintaining the national library, national archives and public libraries.

Ministry of Communications and Information
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Agency overview
Formed1 November 2012; 10 years ago (2012-11-01)
Preceding agency
  • Ministry of Information, Communications and the Arts (MICA)
JurisdictionGovernment of Singapore
Headquarters140 Hill Street #01-01A, Old Hill Street Police Station, Singapore 179369
MottoKnowledge is Meant to be Shared
Employees2,651 (2018)[1]
Annual budgetS$1.04 billion (2019)[1]
Ministers responsible
Agency executives
  • Joseph Leong,
    Permanent Secretary
  • Chng Kai Fong,
    Second Permanent Secretary
  • Janadas Devan,
    Chief of Government Communications
Child agencies
Websitemci.gov.sg

Coordinates: 1°17′26.61″N 103°50′53.31″E / 1.2907250°N 103.8481417°E / 1.2907250; 103.8481417

HistoryEdit

 
The Old Hill Street Police Station is currently the headquarters of the Ministry of Communications and Information

On 5 June 1959, the Ministry of Culture came into being with the swearing-in and appointments of ministers of the new Government of Singapore. On 1 February 1980, the Broadcasting Division of the Ministry of Culture became a statutory board, the Singapore Broadcasting Corporation.

1985 saw the dissolution of the Ministry of Culture. Its Information Division came under the new Ministry of Communications and Information (MCI). Its arts promotion component was assimilated into the Ministry of Community Development (MCD) as the Cultural Affairs Division.

Five years later, on 28 November 1990, the Information Division of the MCI and the Cultural Affairs Division of MCD, together with other associated departments and statutory boards, reunited to form the Ministry of Information and the Arts (MITA).

On 1 September 1991, the Festival of Arts Secretariat, Singapore Cultural Foundation, the Arts Division of MITA, and the National Theatre Trust merged to form the National Arts Council (NAC).

On 1 October 1994, the Singapore Broadcasting Authority (SBA) was formed as a statutory board under MITA to oversee and promote the broadcasting industry in Singapore.

On 23 November 2001, the information and communications technology (ICT) functions under the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology came under MITA. The expanded Ministry was renamed the Ministry of Information, Communications and the Arts, but retained the acronym MITA. In that year, Infocomm Development Authority (IDA) became one of MITA's statutory boards.

On 1 January 2003, the Singapore Broadcasting Authority, Singapore Films Commission and Films and Publications Department (previously under the MITA headquarters) merged to form the Media Development Authority (MDA). On 13 August 2004, the Ministry's acronym was changed from "MITA" to "MICA".

On 1 November 2012, MICA was renamed the Ministry of Communications and Information (MCI). The move followed the restructuring of two previous ministries – MICA and the Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports (MCYS) – into MCI, the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth (MCCY) and the Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF). REACH (Reaching Everyone for Active Citizenry @ Home) was assimilated into MCI while the resilience, arts and heritage portfolios became part of MCCY. MCI now oversees the development of the information and communications technology, media and design sectors, public libraries, and the Government’s information and public communication policies.[2]

On 18 January 2016, MCI announced that the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) and the Media Development Authority (MDA) will be restructured into two new entities: The Info-communications Media Development Authority (IMDA) and the Government Technology Organisation (GTO) (now Government Technology Agency; GovTech), in the second half of 2016.[3] The new statutory boards were formed on 1 October 2016.

Organisational structureEdit

MCI has two statutory boards, the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) and the National Library Board (NLB).

MCI also manages the Cyber Security Agency, a national agency overseeing cybersecurity strategy, operations, education, outreach, and ecosystem development and the Personal Data Protection Commission, Singapore's primary data protection authority.

MinistersEdit

The Ministry is headed by the Minister for Communications and Information, who is appointed as part of the Cabinet of Singapore. The incumbent minister is Josephine Teo.

Portrait Minister Term start Term end Ref.
Minister for Culture
S. Rajaratnam 5 June 1959 12 August 1965
Othman Wok 12 August 1965 15 April 1968
Jek Yeun Thong 16 April 1968 25 September 1977
  Ong Teng Cheong (interim) 26 September 1977 6 January 1981
S. Dhanabalan 6 January 1981 1 January 1985
Minister for Social Affairs
Othman Wok 31 December 1976 30 June 1977
Toh Chin Chye (interim) 1 July 1977 4 September 1977
Ahmad Mattar 6 January 1981 (interim) 31 May 1984
1 June 1984 1 January 1985
S. Dhanabalan 1981 1985
Minister for Communications
  Yong Nyuk Lin 16 April 1968 15 September 1972
Lim Kim San 1 August 1975 30 June 1978
  Ong Teng Cheong 1 July 1978 6 January 1981
Ong Pang Boon 9 May 1983 6 September 1983
Minister for Communications and Information
Yeo Ning Hong 7 September 1983 (interim) 31 May 1984
1 June 1984 13 September 1988
Minister for Information and the Arts
  George Yeo 28 November 1990 (interim) 30 June 1991
David Lim Tik En 1 July 1991 2 June 1999
Lee Yock Suan 3 June 1999 22 November 2001
Minister for Information, Communications and the Arts
David Lim Tik En 23 November 2001 (interim) 11 May 2003 (interim)
Lee Boon Yang 12 May 2003 31 March 2009
  Lui Tuck Yew 1 April 2009 (interim) 31 October 2010
1 November 2010 20 May 2011
  Yaacob Ibrahim 21 May 2011 31 October 2012
Minister for Communications and Information
  Yaacob Ibrahim 1 November 2012 30 April 2018
  S. Iswaran 1 May 2018 14 May 2021
  Josephine Teo 15 May 2021 Incumbent

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Singapore Budget" (PDF).
  2. ^ Imelda Saad; S. Ramesh (31 July 2012), MCYS, MICA to be restructured to form 3 new ministries, Channel NewsAsia
  3. ^ "IDA, MDA to be restructured to capitalise on converging media and ICT landscape". Channel NewsAsia. Retrieved 23 January 2016.

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