SINGAPORE : The Chief Executive Officer of the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority, Dr Ngiam Tong Tau, is retiring next week.
He will be succeeded by Dr Chua Sin Bin, who has been Deputy CEO of AVA since April 2000.
Dr Ngiam joined the Primary Production Board - the predecessor of the AVA - in 1969. He was appointed the board's director in 1984 and continued to lead the organisation after it was restructured to form the AVA in April 2000.
A joint statement by AVA and the National Development Ministry said that during his term of service, Dr Ngiam provided strong leadership in food safety, veterinary service, agritechnology and agribiotechnology in Singapore.
He developed and sustained a food safety programme, as well as programmes to provide a stable supply of safe food to Singapore. He also initiated and saw to the successful development of agrotechnology in Singapore and the region.
Dr Ngiam is also the chairman of the Genetic Modification Advisory Committee of Singapore and has been an Adjunct Professor at the National University of Singapore's Department of Biological Sciences for 14 years. He will remain a member of the AVA board after retirement.
AVA's new CEO has worked for the organisation for 34 years. Dr Chua is also currently chairman of the school of Chemical and Life Sciences advisory Committee of the Singapore Polytechnic and Deputy Chairman of the Food Standards Committee of SPRING Singapore. - CNA/ms
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