8 Jul 2011
After a fruitful day of discussion, with many key insights shared amongst the delegates, dignitaries and world leaders, the Water Leaders Summit finally came to a close at the Suntec Singapore Ballroom 2.
Professor Tommy Koh, the Ambassador-At-Large at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs kicked off a series of three closing ceremony speeches by applauding the Singapore International Water Week for its resounding success: “I am confident I speak for all of us when I say that the SIWW has grown bigger and better with each edition.”
Following which, Mr Dan McCarthy, President and Chief Executive Officer of Black and Veatch Waterand Robert W. Bailey, President of the Water Business Group took the stage with their closing speech.
Dr Vivian Balakrishnan, Minister for The Environment and Water Resources of Singapore ended the Water Leaders Summit by sharing some of the points he had learnt over the last few days. This included rational decision making, the need for integration, the need to exploit new technologies, the need to share data and security and resistance.
With that, Dr Balakrishnan ended his speech by thanking the audience once again for their participation and contribution to the fruitful and invigorating discussions at this year’s Water Leaders Summit.
The next Water Week 2012 will be held from 2 – 6 July, in conjunction with the third World Cities Summit, which is a biennial event for international, high level exchanges and showcases of integrated urban solutions. The theme for next year’s Water Week is “Water Solutions for Liveable and Sustainable Cities”.
By Nicholas Teo