US to continue to support India's efforts in the NSG

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New Delhi, Sep 8 (UNI) The United States today said that it would continue to support India's efforts in the nuclear energy field, having worked for securing a waiver for it from the Nuclear Suppliers Group(NSG).

Assisstant Secretary (Market Access and Compliance) in the US Department of Commerce Davind Bohigian told reporters here on the sidelines of a CII conference that the entire US Administration had worked to ensure that India reaches the stage where it was now in the Nulcear Suppliers Group(NSG).

Mr Bohigian said Bush administration and the Congress would continue to work with India in the NSG, which was crucial from a "strategic, political, economic and energy" standpoint.

He said the US administration would continue to inform the American companies about the 100 billion dollar nulcear market in India.

He said atomic energy will play an important role in the economic development of the countryin a futuristic scenario.

Mr Bohigian said in the energy map of 2020 and beyond, nuclear energy would have a key role to play in India's growth story.

Earlier, addressing a CII conference, he said there was a vast opportunity all over the world in clean energy technologies.

The event at which Mr Bohigian was speaking related to 'Clean Energy andEnvironment Sector.' Mr Bohigian said that by 2025, nearly 17 trillion dollars will be used in clean energy technologies.

''India and the United States can be active partners in this drive towards sustainable and green industry,'' he said adding, ''in post-2012 framework, we should identify and work towards common goals and common responsibilities.'' ''The common goals should be reducing carbon intensity and poverty alleviation,'' Mr Bohigian said.

He said the road to a cleaner technology should be ''industry led, technology driven and at the same time result oriented.'' ''Clean energy is the third most important sector, after IT and biotech, in the list of venture capitalists in the US.'' The small and medium industries are the main focus in this drive for the cleaner energy and green industry, Mr Bohigian added.

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