Ministry of Mines is organising an outreach programme on “Role of the Government and Industry in Driving the Global Action of Critical Minerals” on 29th November 2023 at Bharat Mandapam, Pragati Maidan, New Delhi.
The event will be attended by Ambassadors/Mission Heads of various countries as well as representatives of businesses in India and other stakeholders.
India's G20 presidency has marked a significant milestone in its global leadership role. With its diverse economy, technological prowess, and commitment to sustainable development, India has brought unique perspectives to the table. During the presidency, India has focused on various issues like inclusive growth, digital innovation, climate resilience, and equitable global health access.
By leveraging its presidency, India is fostering collaborative solutions that not only benefit its own population but contribute to the broader global well-being, reinforcing its spirit of ‘VasudhaivaKutumbakam’ or the ‘World is One Family’. G20 New Delhi Leaders’ Declaration has a paragraph on the Critical Minerals. The declaration also takes note of the high-level voluntary principles.
Ministry of Mines, as a part of the Energy Transition Working Group (ETWG), has been actively involved in the deliberations at G20 and was instrumental in ensuring that the role of Critical Minerals in Energy Transitions has been acknowledged by the G20 Community.
To take the deliverables of New Delhi Leaders’ Declaration forward Ministries/Departments are actively engaging to ensure that India's narrative is embedded in the future G20 work. Ministry of Mines is organizing the present outreach programme involving the Ambassadors/Mission Heads of various countries and other stakeholders to discuss the way forward.
As a pivotal member of G20, India has proactively undertaken a series of initiatives aimed at strengthening the supply chain of critical minerals. Ministry of Mines has already made an Amendment in the MMDR Act which has come into effect on 17th of August, 2023 through which the power to auction 24 identified Critical Minerals is given to Central Govt.
Further to boost exploration, a provision has also been made for a new mineral concession mainly an exploration license exclusively for the identified critical minerals including some deep-seated minerals. This is an effort by the Ministry of Mines to attract junior mining companies to India for exploration.
The exploration activities in the country are being reoriented to give more emphasis on the exploration of critical and strategic minerals. The financial incentive of up to 25% of the approved cost of exploration is provided for critical & strategic minerals. The incentive is provided through NMET (National Mineral Exploration Trust) and the public and private sectors can avail of the incentive for successful discovery of critical minerals.
Ministry of Mines is in the process of preparing a Policy for critical minerals which will include a road map for strengthening the supply chain of critical minerals. The strategy will also identify the responsibilities of different ministries of Govt. of India in ensuring the resilience of the supply chain of critical minerals.
Ministry of Mines is also preparing a strategy for recycling of metals which will help to augment the recycling capability and streamline the recycling process and will also work with partner countries to co-develop mineral processing and raw material manufacturing capabilities.
Apart from strengthening the domestic mechanisms, collaborative international efforts through multilateral and bilateral engagements have been made to build a resilient critical minerals value chain. Ministry of Mine is actively engaging in new partnerships and alliances like the Minerals Security Partnership (MSP), and the Australia-India Economic Cooperation and Trade Agreement (ECTA).
Ministry of Mines in coordination with the Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW) has conducted a virtual session on “Decoding G20 consensus on critical minerals for energy transition.