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Security and External Relations
Prime Minister's Office
Prime Minister’s Office (PMO)
PMO comprises a HQ and agencies that deal with the following subjects that come under the responsibility of the Prime Minister:
- Public Sector Leadership Development
- Progressive Human Resource Framework
- Effective Change Management in the Public Service
- Public Service Excellence and Ethos
- National Population and Talent Policies
- National Research, Innovation and Enterprise Strategies
- National Security
- Prevention of Corrupt Practices
- Elections and Political Donations
- Honours, Awards and National Symbols
- Justices of the Peace
- Co-ordination of policies associated with climate change
- National Productivity Fund
A total budget of $344.4 million has been allocated to PMO in FY2012 to achieve its responsibilities.
Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB)
CPIB aims to ensure that Singapore remains as one of the least corrupt countries in the world.
To achieve this, CPIB performs the following functions:
- investigation of alleged acts of corruption, and in the course of doing so, any other offences under any other written law; and
- prevention and control of corruption through review of procedures and practices which provide corruption opportunities and delivery of anti-corruption talks and education.
CPIB has been allocated a budget of $30.1 million or 8.7% of the PMO’s total expenditure for this purpose.
To find out more about CPIB and our initiatives, please visit our website.
Public Service Division (PSD)
PSD aims to build a first class Public Service for a successful and vibrant Singapore. It achieves this through public sector leadership development, capacity and capability building, and by promoting whole-of-government coordination in strategy, implementation and service delivery.
A key strategy of PSD is to attract and develop public officers to nurture a forward-looking Public Service. PSD will set aside $19.6 million to administer Public Service Commission Scholarships to attract and develop leaders for the Public Service. PSD has also set aside $25.9 million for developing training programmes as well as enhancing methodologies and tools for building new capabilities, such as people-centred design approaches, public engagement, frontline service delivery, organisational development as well as public sector leadership development.
PSD will set aside $14.9 million in FY2012 to develop IT systems to support various HR management and development projects.
To find out more about PSD and our initiatives, please visit our website.
National Population and Talent Division (NPTD)
NPTD drives the coordination and implementation of population policies and programmes across the four strategic thrusts of engaging and rooting talent; supporting marriage and parenthood; naturalising and integrating our new immigrants; and engaging overseas Singaporeans. Together with partners in the public, private and people sectors, NPTD works to achieve a sustainable and cohesive population that supports a vibrant economy, with a strong Singaporean core.
A total budget of $41.0 million or 11.9% of the PMO’s total expenditure has been allocated to the NPTD in FY2012.
To find out more about NPTD and our initiatives, please visit our website.
National Research Foundation (NRF)
- sets the national direction for research and development (R&D) by developing policies, plans and strategies for research, innovation and enterprise;
- funds strategic initiatives;
- builds up R&D capabilities and capacities through nurturing our own and attracting foreign talent; and
- coordinates the research agendas of different agencies to transform Singapore into a knowledge-intensive, innovative and entrepreneurial economy.
NRF is the secretariat to the Research, Innovation and Enterprise Council (RIEC), chaired by the Prime Minister. It manages the National Research Fund and has an operating budget of $11.7 million or 3.4% of the PMO’s total expenditure for FY2012.
NRF aims to achieve the following outcomes:
- Transform Singapore into a Science and Technology (S&T) hub with R&D contributing towards a globally competitive knowledge-based, innovative and entrepreneurial economy.
- Make Singapore a talent magnet for research, innovation and enterprise excellence.
To achieve these outcomes, NRF adopts a two-pronged strategy—the “top-down” and the “bottom-up” approaches.
The RIEC has identified three strategic R&D areas of focus since 2006 to build up core R&D capabilities in order to seed new industries in these three sectors. The three Strategic Research Programmes are:
- Environmental and Water Technologies (Clean Water and Clean Energy);
- Interactive and Digital Media; and
- Biomedical Sciences Translational and Clinical Research.
NRF has continued to support these 3 strategic programmes for the 2011-2015 period. In addition, NRF has approved in 2011, a new Marine and Offshore strategic research programme to develop local R&D capabilities so as to maintain Singapore’s leadership position in this industry.
To complement the top-down approach, NRF has also implemented several initiatives to attract, develop and nurture a concentration of research talent to sustain long-term research, and strengthen Singapore’s research capacity and capabilities. These initiatives include:
- Campus for Research Excellence and Technological Enterprise (CREATE), a R&D complex housing the research centres of world-class universities, institutions and corporate laboratories;
- Competitive Research Programme Funding Scheme;
- NRF Research Fellowships;
- Research Centres of Excellence; and
- National Framework for Innovation and Enterprise.
Harnessing R&D to Address National Challenges
In 2010, the RIEC endorsed a new thrust of ‘Targeting National Innovation Challenges with Global Demand’. The RIEC committed $1 billion for the “National Innovation Challenge” (NIC) thrust to harness the diverse R&D expertise across the public and private sectors to develop innovative solutions to national challenges in areas such as energy resilience, environmental sustainability, and urban systems.
The first NIC approved by the NRF Board and the RIEC was the Energy NIC. Its challenge statement is “to develop cost-competitive energy solutions for deployment within 20 years to help Singapore improve energy efficiency, reduce carbon emissions and increase energy options.”
To find out more about NRF and our initiatives, please visit our website.
National Security Coordination Secretariat (NSCS)
NSCS comprises the National Security Coordination Centre and the Joint Counter Terrorism Centre. The Secretariat coordinates the review of security policy, manages national security projects, as well as provides strategic analysis of terrorism-related issues. Collectively, these programmes form the bedrock of the Singapore National Security Strategic Framework. It has been allocated a budget of $23.8 million or 6.9% of the PMO’s total expenditure.
To find out more about NSCS and our initiatives, please visit our website.
Elections Department (ELD)
ELD has the responsibility of preparing and organising the Public Service for the conduct of elections in Singapore. The department maintains its readiness for elections by implementing an on-going programme: (i) to select, organise and train public officers for various election roles; (ii) to identify and secure suitable public buildings for use as electoral premises; (iii) to plan, procure and maintain the logistical items required; and (iv) to enhance its electoral services to the voters.
ELD has been allocated a budget of $28.9 million in FY2012, of which $20.3 million is to cater for the conduct of any election held during the FY.
To find out more about ELD and our initiatives, please visit our website.
National Climate Change Secretariat (NCCS)
NCCS was set up on 1 July 2010 to lead and coordinate Singapore’s domestic and international policies, plans and actions on climate change so as to secure a sustainable living environment for our future generations. It aims to achieve these objectives by adopting a whole-of-government approach and working with the people and private sectors to devise and implement cost-effective mitigation and adaptation solutions, reap the opportunities arising from addressing climate change challenges and contribute towards global efforts to address climate change. It has been allocated a budget of $15.1 million or 4.4% of the PMO’s total budget in FY2012.
To find out more about NCCS and our initiatives, please visit our website.