Ontario signs advanced water research MoU with Singapore
Advanced clean water research and development is to be undertaken under a strategic alliance between PUB, Singapore's national water agency, and the Government of Ontario, Canada.Under a memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed on 17 February 2011, Ontario and PUB will collaborate in the areas of clean water technologies and exchange knowledge and expertise that leverage each jurisdiction's resources.
Singapore and Ontario, which is home to companies like Zenon (GE), have a shared goal to become hubs for water technologies that drive innovations through research, testing and application of emerging technologies.
"This MoU bodes well as Singapore aims to draw world-class research and development of talent and companies in the water sector, in line with our aspiration to build Singapore as a hub for water knowledge and solutions," says Khoo Teng Chye, executive director of the Environment & Water Industry Programme Office (EWI) and chief executive of PUB.
"Together, Ontario and Singapore are driving the next generation of clean water technologies. By tapping into our "made-in-Ontario" expertise, we are protecting and improving access to clean water, creating skilled jobs, attracting investments, and growing our economy - today and for future generations. Through this agreement today, I see great promise for collaboration and growth," said Glen Murray, Ontario minister of research and innovation.
Ontario is the first North American jurisdiction to enter into such an agreement with Singapore. More than 70 water companies and 14 corporate research and development centres have already set up facilities and offices in Singapore