Australian Governor General to attend solar conference

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi shakes hands with French President Emmanuel Macron on his arrival at the International Solar Alliance founding conference in New Delhi

The founding conference of the International Solar Alliance (ISA) will be held at the Rashtrapati Bhawan Cultural Centre in the capital here on Sunday.

At the joint invitation of Indian Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi and French President Emanuel Macron, President Sirisena will undertake an official visit to India from 10-11 March 2018 to participate at the First Conference of the International Solar Alliance Founding Members, which will be convened on 11th of March, in New Delhi, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said. It is open to all 121 prospective member countries falling between the tropics of Cancer and Capricorn.

Whilst in India, President Akufo-Addo will also hold bilateral discussions with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, which is expected to deepen the existing, cordial relations between Ghana and India, and will also present the two countries with an opportunity to define new areas of co-operation that would serve their mutual interests. He highlighted that solar energy was the future.

International Solar Alliance's Interim Secretariat has been set up in Gurugram.

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The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the International Solar Alliance (ISA) today signed a cooperation arrangement to promote solar energy deployment in Asia and the Pacific.

The summit will deliberate on finance mechanism for the promotion of solar energy, crowd-funding and technology transfer.

The African Development Bank's New Deal on Energy for Africa aims to achieve universal access to energy in Africa by 2025.

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