Australia-India joint Working Group on Energy and Minerals

18 June 2015

Australian and Indian government officials, industry and academia met in the City of Brisbane Australia, this week for the 9th meeting of the Australia–India Joint Working Group (JWG) on Energy and Minerals.

This timely meeting built on momentum for increased engagement generated by recent meetings between Australia’s and India’s Prime Ministers.

The JWG meeting and workshops, provided the opportunity to discuss recent resources and energy policy developments and reforms.

Delegates also discussed opportunities and challenges in mining; petroleum and gas; power; new and renewable energy, including challenges in skills, science and innovation and infrastructure.

Associate Secretary for the Department of Industry and Science, John Ryan, led the Australian delegation, consisting of Commonwealth and State governments, research agencies, industry and academia.

The Indian delegation, led by Joint Secretary for the Ministry of Mines, Arun Kumar, included five Indian government ministries responsible for coal, petroleum and natural gas, mines, power and new and renewable energy and industry.

The JWG undertakes collaborative activities under ongoing work programs. The work programs centre on promoting bilateral trade and investment, as well as increasing research and technical collaboration in the resources and energy sectors. The work programs were updated at the meeting.

Research agreements and memoranda of understanding (MoUs) between Australia and India were signed at the meeting, including:

  • CSIRO-National Mining Development Corporation: research agreement on beneficiation.
  • Indian School of Mines: MOUs with CSIRO, Newcastle Institute for Energy and Resources and Curtin University.

For further information on the JWG, please contact Bilaterals@industry.gov.au.

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