Energy Sector Key To India's Economic Growth, Says Sushma Swaraj

The External Affairs Minister also said that when India and France co-founded the International Solar Alliance (ISA) in 2016, both the countries wished to promote solar energy on a global scale.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Thursday underscored that the energy sector was a key engine for an increment economic growth of the country.

Delivering the valedictory speech at the 16th edition of International Energy Forum(IEF) Ministerial Meeting, Swaraj said, "Oil and gas are strategic commodities. Energy is a key engine of our economic growth. We are focusing on renewable energy. We are also focusing towards incremental growth in the area of energy."

The External Affairs Minister also said that when India and France co-founded the International Solar Alliance (ISA) in 2016, both the countries wished to promote solar energy on a global scale.

The EAM added that India was working to promote climate justice in order to protect the poor and vulnerable from adverse impacts of climate change.

"We have launched policies for them for ensuring access to clean forms of energy. We expect the world to share technology know-how to achieve the sources of clean energy," Swaraj said.

She further said that India had recently launched the world's largest renewable energy expansion programme, wherein the country was expected to generate 175 GW of electricity by 2022.

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