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SINGAPORE:

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.