“India is a major natural gas importer and here Cyprus may play a role in exporting gas to India,” Cyprus High Commissioner to India Demetrios A Theophylactou said on Monday during an interactive session at the Merchants’ Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
He, however, clarified that no serious dialogue had been going on at present between the two countries in this regard.
India expects to double share of natural gas in the country’s energy mix to more than triple imports to 70 million tonnes per year by 2022 for which more terminals are being planned.
Cyprus, an island country in the Eastern Mediterranean, has also made promising offshore gas discoveries.
However, Cyprus was the eighth largest investor in India with cumulative foreign direct investment (FDI) of $8.5 billion in varied sectors.
Theophylactou said that India-Cyprus Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement would work out to be more positive in the long run.
He said it was a tool to provide impetus to attract investors as it brings certainty, security and stability to their investments.