The Governments of United States of America and the Republic of Singapore met today in Washington, D.C., for the Biennial Review of the Status of Cooperation under the Memorandum of Intent on Cooperation in Environmental Matters. Our two governments established the Memorandum of Intent in 2003 in association with the U.S.-Singapore Free Trade Agreement.
The Governments of the United States and Singapore are pleased to report that we are making significant progress toward achieving the goal, identified almost seven years ago in our Memorandum of Intent, of promoting cooperation between our two countries, including cooperation in regional activities, in the field of environmental protection and the sustainable use of natural resources. We have identified environmental issues of mutual interest to the two governments and have established mechanisms through which the two governments can pursue cooperative efforts in those areas.
We are especially pleased at the opportunity today’s meeting provided for members of the public to hear about the ways in which the United States and Singapore are cooperating to preserve and protect the environment and to ask questions about and provide input on our current and future work program.
We were pleased to hear reports today detailing the status of cooperative environmental projects. Representatives from Singapore’s Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources (MEWR), Singapore’s National Environment Agency (NEA), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA), the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR), and the U.S. Department of State, described a range of bilateral and regional projects that the countries are undertaking for the benefit both the environment and people of the region. Participants were impressed with the breadth and scope of these cooperative activities.
Finally, we issued a new Plan of Action for Environmental Cooperation that lays out a road map for U.S. –Singapore environmental cooperation through 2012. In this new Plan of Action, we identify long-term goals to: (1) encourage bilateral and regional use of climate-friendly technology and pollution management techniques, (2) increase participation within regional initiatives on environmentally sustainable cities and sustainable management and trade in sustainably managed resources; and (3) improve capacity to implement and enforce environmental laws, including further enhancing efforts of countries in the region to combat illegal trade in environmentally sensitive goods through bilateral and regional cooperative activities. We also identified priority areas for future cooperation and recognize the need to establish benchmarks and indicators to evaluate progress made toward meeting the goals established under the Plan of Action.
Today, we -- the United States and Singapore -- reaffirm our strong commitment to collaborate bi-nationally to preserve and protect the environment. Together, our environmental work tangibly demonstrates that trade, economic growth and environmental protection are mutually supportive.