100% FDI in coal mining will help India achieve 300MT steel output target: Deloitte

In August, the government had allowed 100% foreign investment in coal mining and contract manufacturing

Foreign direct investment, Coal mining, Deloitte, Andrew Swart, Digitisation

India's move to allow 100% foreign direct investment in coal mining is a "positive move" and a good policy enabler towards the country's long-term ambition of producing 300 million tonnes of steel per annum, a Deloitte official has said.

"I think it is a positive move on the part of the government... The global macro-economic environment is softening and it is a step in the right direction," Andrew Swart, global leader, mining & metal, Deloitte, said.

In August, the government had allowed 100% foreign investment in coal mining and contract manufacturing.

"You get a real opportunity to bring in technical skills in the exploitation of these particular deposits and that's where a lot of international players can add a lot of value to the sector," Swart added.

There is an opportunity to partner with some of the global miners specifically in the area of technology transfer, he said and added that this would be an important step in advancing the competitiveness of India's mining sector, particularly in the area of digitisation.

Digitisation in mining is an important productivity lever with key advances in automation and analytics which is transforming mining, he said.

It will be critical for India to embrace these technologies which will also facilitate the creation of new skills and the creation of new sources of value to communities, he added.

"At the end of the day, India has a significant base of resources which make it a very attractive place for global mining companies to invest," he noted.

"There is lot of global uncertainty around the trade and that is weighing on consumer confidence all around the world. There are a lot of stable geographies such as India which has got large resources which are yet to be exploited...There are many global companies which are looking for opportunities as they look for security of supplies," Swart further said.

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