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Indo-australia Cooperation In Mining Sector

Published by MAC on 2006-03-14


14th March 2006

Lok Sabha

The India-Australia Joint Working Group on Energy and Minerals was established for enhancing bilateral co-operation in the energy and minerals sector and to stimulate the development of commercial relationships to the benefit of both the countries. The India-Australia Coal and Mining Forum was held in New Delhi in February, 2006 to enhance the collaborative relationship in the mining sector and to further facilitate information exchange and joint projects.

A Memorandum of Understanding was signed in May, 2005 with Australia to establish a basis for cooperation in the fields of staff development and mutual beneficial exchange of information on good environmental governance and mine rehabilitation. It includes: exchange of staff, specialist and delegations, cooperation in Training and Development, exchange of scientific and technical information, joint organization of symposia, workshops and lectures and other forms of cooperation as mutually arranged between the parties.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Mines, Dr. T. Subbarami Reddy, in a written reply in the Lok Sabha today.

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