Mr Lim, who is Chairman of Ascendas Hospitality Trust Management Pte Ltd and Deputy Chairman of Gardens by the Bay Company Ltd, brings to AVA invaluable experience from his career in the military, public, and private sectors. He previously headed the Singapore Tourism Board, ST Engineering, and JTC Corporation. He was also Chief of Army from 1992 to 1995.
On his new appointment, Mr Lim said, “I am honoured to take on the Chairmanship of AVA. Moving ahead, our agri-food and veterinary ecosystem faces both emerging opportunities, as well as challenges. Working closely with the various stakeholders, we can now harness technological advances to find new solutions to our food supply and safety. I look forward to building on Mr Koh’s dedicated work with AVA, and to guiding the AVA team to further advance its contributions to Singapore.”
Mr Koh Soo Keong served on the AVA Board for 14 years, and helped AVA grow as an organisation to better address its varied responsibilities. Under Mr Koh’s guidance, AVA strengthened food security for Singapore, including raising local farm productivity and ramping-up agricultural R&D and innovation. He also spurred AVA to embrace private sector partnerships, and a robust risk management- and science-based approach to grow and diversify our overseas food sources while upholding food safety standards. He has steered AVA to be more pro-enterprise as well as collaborative in engaging the various industry segments it regulates.
“AVA has won and earned the trust of our stakeholders. I feel very proud when I hear someone say food is safe because AVA says so,” Mr Koh said in an address during AVA’s annual staff conference. He added that this trust can be seen in the way overseas food exporters often use Singapore as a gateway to bigger markets in the region. This is because AVA has a very good reputation for its internationally recognised food safety standards, and authorities in these countries trust AVA. He continued, “AVA has an illustrious and dynamic successor as Chairman in Mr Lim Neo Chian. Working with the Board, management and staff of AVA, I am sure he will steer AVA to new heights.”
MND and AVA wish to express our appreciation to Mr Koh for his distinguished service with AVA. We also warmly welcome Mr Lim as the new Chairman of the Board. For a complete list of AVA Board Members, click here.