Permanent Secretary, Ministry for Health

Mr Joseph Chetcuti

​Mr Joseph Chetcuti was born in 1964. He studied at St Paul’s Missionary College and the University of Malta, graduating with a Diploma in Public Administration.

Mr Chetcuti joined the Public Service Customs Department as an Assistant in 1986 and followed an upward path to Customs Officer in 1993, Inspector of Customs in 2007, and Senior Inspector of Customs in 2013.

In 2014, he was made Director (Excise), within the Customs Department. Two years later, Mr Chetcuti was apponted Director General (Customs). He introduced a comprehensive change programme, promulgating a business strategy underpinned by a customer-centric vision, without compromising the overall supply chain security.

Mr Chetcuti has participated in meetings organised by the World Customs Organisation (WCO) for Heads of Customs Authorities and numerous EU Customs Union events, some of them hosted by Malta. Standing out among such conferences was the High Level Seminar for Tax and Customs Administrations, held in Malta in 2017.

Through continuous communication and awareness, putting to the fore the Department’s achievements, Mr Chetcuti has significantly increased the Department’s visibility. He has imbued within personnel a sense of belonging. A change of culture removed the archaic silo mentality, allowing a new feeling of pride.

Mr Chetcuti has served on the National Maritime Security Committee, the Aviation Security Committee, the Sanctions Monitoring Board, the Steering Committee for the Office of the Commissioner for Revenue and the National Coordinating Committee on Combatting Money-Laundering & Funding of Terrorism.

He is married with two daughters.