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World Toilet Summit & Expo 2009

Singapore recently hosted a highly successful World Toilet Summit & Expo on the theme: ‘Creating the blueprint for a sustainable sanitation marketplace’. The three-day summit which had over 50 eminent speakers, also had an exhibition of the latest sanitation technology.

Various sanitation issues affecting urban and rural communities were discussed at the summit held at Suntec. It was attended by delegates of 30 nations. The exposition displayed sustainable sanitation solutions and the latest toilet designs and technology from Denmark, the UK, Malaysia, Hong Kong, the USA, Germany, India and Singapore. These included portable toilets and compact solutions for toilets outdoors, water-saving and energy-efficient products, restroom space management materials, hygiene and disinfection technology and bacteria and odour control solutions.

The World Toilet Organisation signed a Memorandum of Understanding too for the first time with Singapore’s Rigel Technology, a leading local sanitation products manufacturer. The memorandum deals with developing and marketing affordable toilets for rural communities described as the bottom-of-the-pyramid market.

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