India drives demand for CQ industry skill

INDIA is driving the demand for central Queensland coal mining know-how.

Resource Industry Network chairman Tony Caruso said the country was one of the most "current and relevant opportunities" for Mackay resource sector businesses looking to expand their markets.

"India produces at the moment about 500million tonnes of coal domestically and they want to increase that to about a billion tonnes," Mr Caruso said.

"And that's to fuel the energy demand that they have.

"There's a lot of interest from these Indian operations trying to access a lot of our technology and a lot of our knowledge around coal mining."

It's why he is encouraging businesses to access knowledge being compiled by the Resource Industry Network, Trade and Investment Queensland, the Mackay Regional Council and the State Government on how to become 'export-ready'.

"The thing that always surprises me (in operating overseas) is some of the social considerations," Mr Caruso said.

He said this could include the structured hierarchy of many foreign operations to an awareness of religious holiday dates, when people wouldn't be able to work.

"It's really (about) arming resource industry businesses so they can make informed decisions," he said.


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