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​Netherlands set sights on international collaboration with Singapore to tackle climate change

Published on: 25-Mar-2020

News item | 25-03-2020 | 07:57

Vice Minister Lidewijde Ongering from the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management visited Singapore on Mar 13 to bolster collaborative efforts between the two countries to overcome climate change challenges. A bilateral meeting with Dr Amy Khor, Singapore’s Senior Minister of State for the Environment and Water Resources, was arranged to acknowledge existing partnerships and the importance of international collaboration in the fields of water and circular economy.

The Netherlands is a global leader in water management, with a long history of flood-control expertise and successful land reclamation from the sea. Several Dutch experts and companies are involved in Singapore’s first ever polder development project at Pulau Tekong, a major cornerstone towards deepening the collaborative relationship between two like-minded countries.

“I am impressed by the contribution of the Dutch water sector to coastal protection, climate resilience, polder construction, and other water-related issues here,” said Ms Ongering. “I look forward to exploring further possibilities to join forces!”

Ms Ongering also co-chaired a policy exchange discourse with Permanent Secretary Albert Chua to discuss Singapore’s strategies for climate change adaptation, coastal protection, and circular economy.

With the Netherlands gearing up to meet the future demands for smart and sustainable mobility, a meeting with Permanent Secretary Loh Ngai Seng from Singapore’s Ministry of Transport was also arranged to discuss transport issues of mutual interest.

Ms Ongering was further invited to visit the Centre of Excellence for Testing and Research for AVs (CETRAN), hosted by Professor Subodh Mhaisalkar from the Nanyang Technological University (NTU). She was able to learn from Singapore’s testing methodology for autonomous vehicles and NTU’s research projects on future mobility.

With this visit, Ms Ongering hopes to reaffirm the close ties between Singapore and the Netherlands, and to develop new opportunities for future mutual growth.

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