India’s energy security, climate change action plan linked: PM

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

KUALA LUMPUR - Visiting Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh on Wednesday said that his government has formulated an ambitious National Action Plan on Climate Change that is intimately linked to our energy security.

He also said that a National Solar Mission has been tasked with the responsibility of building a capacity of 20,000 MW of solar power by the year 2022.

He added that there are also national missions on water, green India, energy efficiency and on sustaining the Himalayan eco-system.

Dr. Singh, who was participating in the Khazanah Global Lecture Series 2010 on “India’s Development Experience here, also said that he believed that it is vital for any country to keep its development options open.

“That is why we worked so hard on a civil nuclear initiative that has opened the doors for India to develop the option of clean nuclear energy as an important plank of our energy security,” he said.

“We seek cooperative frameworks that will enable us to be active members of groupings and communities in our region. We will work closely with countries in the regions around us - South Asia, South-East Asia, West Asia, Central Asia and the Indian Ocean littoral. Our desire for openness has encouraged us to work with ASEAN towards an India-ASEAN comprehensive cooperation agreement. We have also finalised an India-Malaysia Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement, which will be signed shortly. Going beyond regional openness, we will work with Malaysia and other nations to strengthen the global multilateral trading system,” he said.

“The basic objective of our development processes is to realize the values and ideals on which our Republic was founded. Our development efforts reflect and reinforce our ideals of equality, the right to a life of dignity and well being and brotherhood among all nations,” Dr. Singh said.

“I see many possibilities of synergy between India and Malaysia in the years ahead. We can learn lessons from each other’s development experience. I am confident that we can greatly accelerate the pace of our bilateral economic engagement to our mutual benefit,” he concluded.(ANI)

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