23 heads of state to attend worldwide Solar Summit on Sunday


A Yen Loan Agreement between the Government of Sri Lanka and the Japan International Cooperation Agency is to be signed during the visit for implementing the Health and Medical Service Improvement Project.

A day ahead of the International Solar Alliance (ISA) summit here, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and French President Emmanuel Macron also welcomed the coming into force of the Framework Agreement of the ISA.

The founding conference of the International Solar Alliance (ISA) will be held at the Rashtrapati Bhawan Cultural Centre in the capital here on Sunday. It will focus on various aspects of promoting solar energy in the 121 countries associated with International Solar Alliance (ISA).

When the International Solar Alliance was announced in 2015, 121 nations situated between the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn and receiving 300 days of sunlight were deemed eligible for membership.

The worldwide government organisation has got recognition from the United Nations.

It said that as part of a broader bilateral visit after the conference, the Governor-General will meet with business leaders in New Delhi and Chennai, address educational institutions with Australian links, view an Australian-funded aid project in Nizamuddin Basti, officially open an ANZAC (Australia and New Zealand Army Corps) centenary exhibition, and visit an Indian Coast Guard vessel which is playing a role in enhancing regional security. Leaders from Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Seychelles, Ghana, Australia, Venezuela, Fiji and Mauritius are arriving to attend the conference.

"Solar power is providing clean energy for millions of people around the world and solar energy now represents the single largest source of new power generation".

India and France also signed a Memorandum of Understanding between the National Institute of Solar Energy (NISE), under the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, and the National Solar Energy Institute (INES) in France. International Solar Alliance was jointly launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the then French President Francois Hollande on 30th November 2015 on the sidelines of the Paris climate change summit.

The primary objective of the alliance is to work for efficient exploitation of solar energy to reduce dependence on fossil fuels.