New Delhi, May 25, 2022: The Embassy of Sweden, Business Sweden, Invest India and CII jointly organised the first India-Sweden Mining Day today and formally inaugurated the India-Sweden Mining Platform with focused roundtable discussions on some of the critical aspects in the mining sector. The launch took place at the Ambassador’s Residence.
During the recent Indo-Nordic Summit, the Prime Ministers of Sweden and India in their bilateral meeting, mentioned sustainable mining is an area with potential for deepened cooperation between the two countries.
The event was divided into three sessions. Speeches by Ambassador of Sweden to India, Mr Klas Molin, Mr Emil Högberg, State Secretary to Swedish Minister for Business, Industry & Innovation, Dr Veena Kumari, Joint Secretary – Ministry of Mines and Ms Cecilia Oskarsson, Swedish Trade & Investment Commissioner. The next two sessions were panel discussions –on Automation & Digitisation in the Mining Sector and Sustainability in the Mining Sector – Challenges and Opportunities. Experts on the panel were representatives from Swedish mining companies present in India like Sandvik, Epiroc, Volvo, ABB, SKF among others and Indian majors like Tata Steel, Hindustan Zinc etc.
Mr. Klas Molin, Ambassador of Sweden to India, said:
“Sustainability and Innovation lie at the core of our bilateral cooperation, which reinforces a shared commitment to combat climate change and achieve sustainable development also through innovation. Therefore, we are delighted to launch the India-Sweden Mining Platform for a greener, cleaner future of mining. Sweden and India are leading mining nations, and we can learn a lot from each other by sharing solutions and best practices in this field – particularly in areas of automation, digitisation and sustainability."
State Secretary Hogberg drew attention to the fact that the world is facing a transition from fossil- based energy solutions to new fossil-independent and, often mineral or metal-based, solutions. He further called it a timely event since sustainable mining was one of the areas of cooperation identified by Prime Minister Modi and Prime Minister Andersson during their recent bilateral meeting during the Indo-Nordic Summit.
Indeed, Sweden and India have developed a win-win blueprint for cooperation, especially for innovative solutions, and there is much potential in sustainable mining as a natural next step.
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