Formation of Infocomm Media Development Authority and Government Technology Organisation 

MCI restructures IDA and MDA to seize new opportunities

18/01/2016

The Ministry of Communications and Information (MCI) will restructure the Info-communications Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) and the Media Development Authority of Singapore (MDA) to form the Info-communications Media Development Authority of Singapore (IMDA) and the Government Technology Organisation (GTO).

2 The restructuring follows the launch, in August 2015, of the Infocomm Media 2025 plan, the first integrated industry development plan for the info-communications and media sectors. It also recognises the importance of the Digital Economy in transforming many sectors in the economy, as well as the need to support the transformation of government service delivery through even more intensive use of IT.

Role of the new IMDA

3 The new IMDA will develop and regulate the converging infocomm and media sectors in a holistic way. It will implement the Infocomm Media 2025 plan, to create a dynamic and exciting sector, filled with opportunities for growth, through an emphasis on talent, research, innovation and enterprise. The new IMDA will also deepen regulatory capabilities for a converged infocomm media sector, safeguarding the interests of consumers and fostering pro-enterprise regulations. 

4 With more pervasive use of data, the Government will continue to promote and regulate data protection in Singapore through the Personal Data Protection Commission, which will be part of the new IMDA. This will ensure that public confidence in the private sector’s use of personal data is safeguarded, even as companies increasingly leverage the data they collect as a source of competitive advantage.

Role of the new GTO

5 The new GTO will lead digital transformation efforts in the public sector. It will focus on providing a citizen-centric user experience and encourage the participation of citizens in the co-creation of public digital services.  While anticipating and meeting citizens’ expectations for digital service delivery, the GTO will continue its efforts in ensuring the resiliency and cybersecurity needs of our government infrastructure. 

6 As the nexus of technology and engineering capability within government, the GTO will be well-placed to help government agencies capitalise on the speed of innovation and new technology trends such as robotics, artificial intelligence, Internet of Things, and Big Data.  The new organisation will also play a vital role in supporting Singapore’s Smart Nation vision, especially in delivering the Smart Nation Platform and Smart Nation applications.  The GTO will also focus on developing new technology capabilities as well as attracting and nurturing ICT engineering talent that will provide a strong foundation for Singapore’s Smart Nation ambitions.

Both organisations to be formed in the second half of 2016

7 IMDA and GTO will be established in the second half of 2016. In anticipation of the formal establishment of the two agencies, IDA and MDA will be administratively re-organised from 1 April 2016.  

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Factsheet on IDA and MDA
Quotes on the formation of IMDA and GTO


MINISTRY OF COMMUNICATIONS AND INFORMATION

18 JANUARY 2016 




FACTSHEET ON IDA AND MDA

About Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA)

The mission of the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) is to develop information technology and telecommunications within Singapore with a view to serve citizens of all ages and companies of all sizes. IDA (www.ida.gov.sg) does this by actively supporting the growth of innovative technology companies and start-ups in Singapore, working with leading global IT companies as well as developing excellent information technology and telecommunications infrastructure, policies and capabilities for Singapore. 

IDA facilitated the full liberalisation of Singapore’s telecommunications market, and successfully completed the Infocomm 21 and Intelligent Nation 2015 Masterplans, bringing about an ultra-high speed, pervasive and reliable infocomm infrastructure. This has put Singapore in good standing internationally. 

IDA also created a vibrant infocomm ecosystem with a ready pool of tech talent to support the growth of Singapore as a dynamic global infocomm capital. We have a growing startup community connecting entrepreneurs to venture capitalists and IDA is partnering our tertiary institutions to build a growing pool of tech talents. IDA is also attracting more corporates to set up innovation labs in Singapore, and has helped to provide the infrastructure across sectors to help generate increasing value for Singapore as a digital economy. Together with its digital inclusion initiatives, these accomplishments have provided a solid foundation for Singapore to embark on its Smart Nation journey. 

The Government Chief Information Office (GCIO) in IDA has its roots in the National Computer Board or NCB set up in 1981 to implement the computerisation of the Civil Service, coordinate computer education and training and develop the computer services industry. Since then, the GCIO has made a number of impactful contributions in the Singapore e-Government journey. 

GCIO also implemented the Singapore e-Government Masterplan 2011-2015 (eGov2015) which facilitated greater co-creation between the Government, people and private sectors to create value for Singapore. The revamped eCitizen portal, Municipal Services App, Government Cloud and the sharing of government data through data.gov.sg are some examples.   In addition, the GCIO has strengthened capabilities by introducing new core skills to boost government efficiency to better serve our citizens. All these contributions have garnered international recognition for Singapore as a leading e-Government in the world including the UN e-Government rankings and the World Economic Forum’s Global Information Technology Report (GITR).  Singapore is ranked first according to The Global Information Tech Report 2015, based on Networked Readiness Index.

About Media Development Authority of Singapore (MDA)

The Media Development Authority of Singapore (www.mda.gov.sg) promotes the growth of globally competitive film, television, radio, publishing, games, animation and interactive digital media industries. It also regulates the media sector to safeguard the interests of consumers, and promotes a connected society. 

MDA has been instrumental in growing Singapore’s media sector through the implementation of the Media21 Master Plan and the Singapore Media Fusion Plan. MDA has also steadfastly supported Public Service Broadcast programmes to help foster a connected society through the creation of high quality content that engages Singaporeans viewers. 

In addition, MDA has put in place a co-regulation and content classification framework to uphold community norms, and enable Singaporeans to make more informed decisions about the media content they wish to consume. The Media Market Conduct Code has facilitated fair competition in the pay-TV sector and ensured that consumer interest is protected.  Together with the Media Literacy Council, the MDA has also promoted media literacy and a safer Internet in Singapore.


QUOTES ON FORMATION OF INFOCOMM MEDIA DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY 
AND GOVERNMENT TECHNOLOGY ORGANISATION 

Advances in technology have blurred the distinction between broadcasting and telecommunications.  The reorganisation of IDA and MDA is therefore, not only timely, but a positive development.  The infocomm media sector offers many opportunities to improve productivity growth, create high-skilled jobs, support an ageing population and foster a cohesive society in the midst of globalisation. It is an important sector for Singapore to nurture. I am confident that the newly merged IMDA will help the industry navigate the evolving environment and develop the necessary capabilities to stay relevant. It will bring Singapore closer towards our goal of establishing a value-creating economy.
- Mr Koh Boon Hwee, Chairman, Infocomm Media Masterplan Steering Committee


Since 1999, IDA has played a significant role in developing and transforming Singapore’s infocomm landscape.  Singapore is recognised today as a dynamic infocomm hub.  Our citizens and businesses here enjoy world-class infocomm infrastructure and digital services.

The infocomm landscape has evolved over the years, and the pace will quicken with growing infocomm and media convergence.  Our government agencies responsible for infocomm and media must ensure they are optimally structured, to help Singapore benefit from and exploit opportunities in the new digital economy. The government itself can do more to leverage technology and innovation to provide more engaging, seamless and efficient digital experiences for Singaporeans. The creation of IMDA and GTO will help bring sharper focus to these areas.
- Mr Chan Yeng Kit, IDA Chairman 



The establishment of IMDA is a timely move which will allow us to better respond to the opportunities and challenges that media convergence brings. It will pave the way for a more harmonised regulatory framework, and integrated approach to industry development. 
- Mr Niam Chiang Meng, MDA Chairman


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