With the onslaught of an increasingly thriving economy, India is fast becoming a dominant global energy consumer. However, the South Asian country lacks the majority of the natural resources needed and therefore heavily relies on oil imports to meet its rising demand. As of January 2009, India contained 5.6 billion barrels of proven oil reserves, the second-largest amount in the Asia-Pacific region following China, and with vast amounts primarily located offshore. Additionally, India's proven natural gas reserves totaled 38 Tcf as of January 2009. Major domestic producers include state-owned ONGC and Reliance Industries.
Business Development focuses on finding new growth opportunities for the organization, whether it is through acquiring new customers, market expansion and/or brand awareness. The primary goal is to build partnerships that allow leverage to drive revenue. Although often thought to be synonymous with sales, business development involves a mix of negotiations, marketing, networking, and project management to create long-standing relationships and profitability.