Energy at forefront of free trade discussions in India

A member of the 450-strong Australian trade delegation in India said he was astounded at the level of enthusiasm there for doing business with Australia.
At the time this issue of ES&D was going to print, Trade Minister Andrew Robb was leading the delegation as part of negotiations for a free trade agreement that both countries hope will be signed by the end of the year, as reported by ABC Rural reporter Babs McHugh.
India is notorious for extreme levels of bureaucracy, corruption and protectionism. However, Reg Howard-Smith, the head of the Western Australia Chamber of Minerals and Energy, said India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi had made big changes in only seven months of rule.
“We need energy that does not cause our glaciers to melt; clean coal and gas, renewable energy, and fuel for nuclear power,” Mr Modi said.

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