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August 25, 2007
Neighbours to share information to mitigate climate change

Singapore and Malaysia have agreed to share information and findings to mitigate climate change.
For a start, both countries agreed to focus on energy efficiency and joint training programmes for capacity building. This was decided by the Environment Ministers of both countries at their two-day meeting in Malaysia, which ends on August 25. The meeting is part of the Annual Exchange of Visits (AEV).

Minister for the Environment and Water Resources Dr Yaacob Ibrahim is in Malaysia at the invitation of Mr Azmi Khalid, the Malaysian Minister of Natural Resources and Environment. During the visit, the ministers also reviewed the progress of work carried out by the Malaysia-Singapore Joint Committee on the Environment (MSJCE).

There were fruitful discussions and exchanges of views on various issues.

On haze, both Singapore and Malaysia agreed to share information and experiences on their respective collaboration with the Indonesian provinces. As for the control of vehicular emissions, both countries will continue to share experiences in tackling vehicular pollution which is a mutual concern.

The ministers reiterated the need to further improve the water quality in the Straits of Johor (SoJ). They agreed that the next emergency response exercise at the Malaysia-Singapore Second Crossing would be organised by Singapore, tentatively in November 2007.

The first table-top emergency response exercise at the East Johor Straits would be organised by Singapore, tentatively in the first quarter of 2008.

The ministers also agreed for the MSJCE to cooperate in the prevention of oil spills in the SoJ, besides the existing mechanism for dealing with chemical spills. Channel News Asia reports

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