Infocomm and media regulators to merge

People pass the skyline of the central business district in Singapore on Jan 4, 2016.
People pass the skyline of the central business district in Singapore on Jan 4, 2016.PHOTO: REUTERS

The infocomm and media authorities here will merge later this year to better prepare Singapore to seize new opportunities in these converging areas.

The new body will be called the Info-communications Media Development Authority (IMDA) and will be headed by Media Development Authority chief executive Gabriel Lim.

The restructuring follows last August's launch of the Infocomm Media 2025 plan, which charts the ways technology will be used to transform how people live, learn, work and play through 2025. Driverless vehicles and underground data centres are among ideas in the 10-year plan, the first to take into account how media and infocomm interests have become intertwined.

Minister for Communications and Information Yaacob Ibrahim said the Infocomm Media 2025 plan, which the IMDA will implement, will unleash the power to transform Singapore's economy, service and manufacturing sectors, and government services. It will also deepen the regulatory capabilities in this area.

IMDA will also look into amending legislation like the Broadcasting Act and Telecommunications Act.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 19, 2016, with the headline 'Infocomm and media regulators to merge'. Print Edition | Subscribe