Updated: 10/10/2013 01:53

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong welcomes the adoption of the ASEAN Sub-Regional Haze Monitoring System at the Brunei Summit



Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong welcomes the adoption of the ASEAN Sub-Regional Haze Monitoring System at the Brunei Summit

Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has welcomed the adoption of the ASEAN Sub-Regional Haze Monitoring System at the Brunei Summit.

He said this is a concrete example of cooperation.

The approval of the haze monitoring system will allow countries to implement it and track down those responsible for causing the haze.

Mr Lee made these points during the ASEAN Summit opening session amongst the ten leaders of the grouping.

He explained that it is important for ASEAN's credibility to collectively address the haze issue.

He said he looks forward to Indonesia ratifying the ASEAN Agreement on Transboundary Haze Pollution. 

After the main Summit, Mr Lee together with Malaysian Premier Najib Razak and Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono met and discussed the issue of the ASEAN Haze Monitoring System.

He thanked his Malaysian and Indonesian counterparts for their cooperation for the project.

Mr Lee expressed Singapore's willingness to work with them to implement the system and take the cooperation beyond the haze monitoring system.

Meanwhile, 

Speaking to the Singapore media in Brunei, Minister for the Environment and Water Resources, Dr Vivian Balakrishnan, said the Environment Ministers have been waiting for formal approval from the leaders.

Dr Balakrishnan said the approval has now been obtained at the ASEAN level and from the leaders of Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia on implementing the ASEAN Haze Monitoring System. 

Dr Balakrishnan said the system and platform is ready and what is needed now is the data from the relevant Ministries of the countries so that there can be accurate digitized concession maps.

He added that he hopes to see the ASEAN Haze Monitoring system go into effect as soon as possible.

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