South Africa supports solar sourcing
South Africa has backed India’s local sourcing rules in solar equipment manufacturing, while calling for BRICS countries to come up with a joint strategy to work around regulations of the World Trade Organisation (WTO).
“BRICS nations need to compare notes on how to re-construct their renewable energy programmes to ensure that the localisation requirements do not technically flout WTO rules,” said Rob Davies, South Africa’s Trade and Industry Minister.
He said the WTO may have ruled against India, but the fact remained that localisation was important for development. “Localisation of inputs used in renewable power programmes is an important policy objective for South Africa and other developing countries. We are studying the Indian case very carefully,” he said.