According to Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean, the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) will set up yet another unit by July this year to identify whole-of-government priorities early and translate them into policy action plans.

Teo said today that the Government has (finally) realised that more issues cut across agency boundaries, and require coordination across agency boundaries.

The Head of Civil Service will lead this new unit and will partner ministries to achieve “whole-of-government outcomes” more effectively. It will also provide greater coordination to anticipate and tackle medium to long-term issues, said Mr Teo, who is also the minister in charge of the Civil Service.

“It will create the capacity and space for (the) Government to do medium to long-term planning – three, five years, 10 years and even further into the future,” he added.

This unit will also manage strategic resources, whether it is the budget, manpower and where necessary, land or even carbon emissions.

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