Three public officers have been appointed as new Permanent Secretaries in the Public Service following the appointment of a new Cabinet. Mr Joseph Chetcuti, Mr Emanuel Psaila and Mr Carlos Tabone have been appointed by President of Malta George Vella as Permanent Secretaries in three different Ministries. There were also new assignments for some of the Permanent Secretaries.
Mr Joseph Chetcuti was Director General in the Customs Department and has now been appointed Permanent Secretary in the Ministry for Health; Mr Emanuel Psaila was Director General of the Department of Civil Protection and will be Permanent Secretary in the Ministry for the Interior, Security, Reform and Equality while Mr Carlos Tabone has been appointed Permanent Secretary in the Ministry for Public Works and Planning after serving as Director Management Support in the Office of the Prime Minister.
These appointments were made after these public officers were nominated by the Principal Permanent Secretary, Mr Mario Cutajar, to the Public Service Commission which, after assessing the career of each nominated officer, recommended their appointment to the President of Malta.
From the appointment of the new Cabinet until now it has been a period during which Permanent Secretaries and other public officers introduced Ministers and Parliamentary Secretaries to the portfolio they had been assigned by the Prime Minister, Dr Robert Abela. They were informed of everything that will help them to lead their Ministries and even decisions that need to be taken.
After the redistribution of the Permanent Secretaries in the new departments, this week and next week will serve as a period of transition at the administrative level.
The Public Service would like to thank Mr Joseph Rapa, who since 2013 has served as Permanent Secretary in the Ministry for Health, for the great service he has rendered in this appointment over the past nine years. He himself wished not to be reconsidered for Permanent Secretary.
The Permanent Secretaries in the Public Service have now been assigned as follows:
Mr Mario Cutajar Office of the Prime Minister
Head of Public Service
Mr Kevin Mahoney Office of the Prime Minister (Coordination & Implementation)
Dr Joyce Cassar Office of the Prime Minister (People and Standards)
Mr Joseph Chetcuti Ministry for Health
Ms Joyce Dimech Ministry for the National Heritage, the Arts and Local Government
Mr Christopher Cutajar Ministry for Foreign and European Affairs and Trade
Mr Mark Musù Ministry for Social Policy and Children's Rights
Ministry for Social and Affordable Accommodation
Mr Sharlo Camilleri Ministry for Agriculture, Fisheries and Animal Rights
Mr Ronald Mizzi Ministry for the Economy, European Funds and Lands
Mr Paul Zahra Ministry for the Economy, European Funds and Lands (European Funds)
Ms Nancy Caruana Ministry for Inclusion, Voluntary Organisations and Consumer Rights
Mr Johan Galea Ministry for Transport, Infrastructure and Capital Projects
Ministry for Justice
Mr John Borg Ministry for Gozo
Mr Emanuel Psaila Ministry for Home Affairs, Security, Reforms and Equality
Mr Anthony Gatt Ministry for Tourism
Mr Joseph F. Caruana Ministry for the Environment, Energy and Enterprise
Mr Alfred Camilleri Ministry for Finance and Employment
Mr Matthew Vella Ministry for Education, Sport, Youth, Research and Innovation
Mr Carlos Tabone Ministry for Public Works and Planning
Ms Christine Schembri Ministry for Active Ageing
Photo 1: Mr Joseph Chetcuti
Photo 2: Mr Emanuel Psaila
Photo 3: Mr Carlos Tabone