SINGAPORE: After an illustrious career in public service spanning 33 years, Permanent Secretary to the National Population and Talent Division (NPTD) and National Climate Change Secretariat (NCCS), Niam Chiang Meng will retire on Aug 1.
He was thanked for his contributions and leadership by Deputy Prime Minister and Coordinating Minister for National Security, Teo Chee Hean.
In a statement on Thursday (Jul 7), the Public Service Division (PSD) highlighted Mr Niam’s achievements, including enhancements to marriage and parenthood policies while he was at NPTD. He also oversaw and implemented strategies to strengthen community integration, and outreach to overseas Singaporeans, PSD said.
At NCCS, Mr Niam was key in developing and strengthening Singapore’s strategy to meet the challenges faced as a result of climate change. This included planning and coordinating whole-of-government efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and achieving economic growth in a carbon-efficient manner. Under his watch, NCCS played an active role in Singapore’s participation in the recent Paris Agreement, where countries pledged to address climate change, the PSD stated.
Prior to his positions at NPTD and NCCS, Mr Niam was formerly CEO at the Housing and Development Board and Permanent Secretary for Communications and Information, Community Development, Youth and Sports as well as for Law. He oversaw the development of the Esplanade, and was key in setting up the Singapore Land Authority. He also played a crucial role in the successful organisation of the world’s first Youth Olympic Games, held in Singapore in 2010.
In 2001, Mr Niam was awarded the prestigious Public Administration Medal (Silver) in 1995, and a Gold medal in 2001.
Following his departure from NPTD and NCCS on Aug 1, the two divisions will form part of the Strategy Group under the Prime Minister’s Office. The group was set up in mid-2015 for the Prime Minister and Cabinet members to establish priorities across the Government.
Current Permanent Secretary in the Prime Minister’s Office (Strategy), Peter Ong, will take over Mr Niam’s role in NPTD and NCCS with effect from Aug 1. Mr Ong is also the Head of Civil Service.