India-Japan Energy Forum: Establishing the Cooperation on Energy Issues
Summary of Discussions
India-Japan Energy Forum was held on December 6th and 7th in New Delhi, India, organized as the first forum with public-private sector participation from India and Japan, and brought to a close with the great success.
The forum was attended by Mr Hiromichi Watanabe, Senior Vice Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry from the Japanese side and Mr Montek Singh Ahluwalia, Deputy Chairman of the Planning Commission from the India side. The number of participants reached some 300, representing the two governments as well as leading companies including manufacturers, trading houses and research institutions in various fields from energy to steel & iron and cement. The attendance of so many high-class officials from the two countries exemplifies the great interest in and solid support for the importance of energy cooperation shared by the two countries.
Delegates from India and Japan made reports and presentations on topics that included the following:
The direction of energy policy in India and Japan;
The direction of energy conservation policy and implications for creating favourable systems in India and Japan;
Energy-saving measures in industries that are large energy-consumers and pioneering practices as seen in Japan’s industry;
Technological development and status of commercialization in the renewable energy field;
Trends of the Asian oil market with particular references to the possibility of India-Japan technological cooperation in oil, natural gas, coal and other areas, and achievements of joint research by related agencies in India and Japan; and
Cooperation in the electric power field including the possibility of establishing Public Private Partnership (PPP).
The forum’s final session confirms the common, bilateral understanding that India- Japan cooperation in the energy field will not only assist the resolution of this critical issue confronting both countries but play an active role in further strengthening India- Japan friendship.
As described above, attempts were made in this forum to share knowledge and ideas on the present conditions, current problems and latest efforts made in the energy field in India and Japan. Also, the forum helped nurture a common understanding on the magnitude of the room for India-Japan cooperation in the energy field and its deep significance. In addition, the following areas were/will be focused in the course of the forum:
It was reported that the workshop on Clean Coal Technology including coal preparation was organized to share technological knowledge.
Oil and natural gas:
It was decided that those in charge of the policies in the priority areas will hold a dialogue after the completion of the forum.
Given the Japanese Experience in this field, it was suggested that we should expand the existing cooperation with Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE), India and Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, Japan.
Japan has been remarkably successful in modernizing its Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), and it would be useful for India to receive technical assistance on the possibility of improving energy efficiency and efficient use of resources in India’s SMEs sector.
Cooperation will be expanded in the renewable energy field, not only on issues of technology in this sector but also on policy measures, physical and regulatory instruments by which renewable energy can be expanded in India. Japan has been very successful in this field, and sharing experience with India would have major benefits.
Further dialogue and exchange are required in view of the huge potential possibility inherent in the India-Japan partnership. Governments and industries in India and Japan are expected to steadily implement the operations agreed upon in this forum. At the same time, this forum is expected to provide an opportunity to promote close cooperation in a wide range of energy fields between the two governments and in industries.
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