India Is Determined to Scale Up Its Arctic Engagement



The Indian authorities are interested in expanding their participation in joint projects and research in the Arctic, said Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, External Affairs Minister of India, at the 2nd CII India Nordic Baltic Business Conclave on 22 November 2023.

India is an observer in the Arctic Council. It is interested in increasing its stake further in joint research and development projects and exploring rare earth mining, water, telecommunication, science, technology, innovation, and telemedicine opportunities, the Minister added.

He said the world saw India’s capabilities when Chandrayaan-3 landed on the moon. Given the fast-transforming nature of space technology and the significance of launching sites in the Arctic region, commercialisation of space and geospatial sectors in India can boost public-private collaboration, Jaishankar stated.

On 23 August, India landed its Chandrayaan-3 spacecraft near the moon's south pole. India became the fourth country to land successfully on the moon, after the Soviet Union, the United States, and China.