Minister of the Environment Ahmed Mattar agreed
with Australia and Germany that ministers should attend the CSD.
Responsibility for implementation of Agenda 21 begins at the
national level and Singapore hopes to contribute to the transfer of
technology in the Asia/Pacific region. Governments should work
closely with citizens and the private sector, both North-South and
South-South partnerships are important, and technology transfer is
a key component. He stated the need for an open trading system or
else the CSD will meet each year to talk of what to do to implement
Agenda 21 at the national level.