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Indian PM, French President invite President Maithripala Sirisena to Solar Alliance Conference

The invitation to grace the Conference, signed by Premier Modi and President Macron, was handed to the President jointly by Indian High Commissioner Taranjit Singh Sandhu and French Ambassador Jean-Marin Schuh yesterday.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and French President Emmanuel macron invited President Maithripala Sirisena to attend the International Solar Alliance (ISA) Founding Conference and Solar Summit to be held in New Delhi on March 11, 2018.

The President has accepted the invitation.Sri Lanka signed the Framework Agreement on ISA on January 31,2018 in New Delhi. The ratification process was also completed soon thereafter. Sri Lanka has now become a full-fledged member of ISA. As on date 54 countries have signed or ratified the ISA.

Around 500 delegates from all over the world are expected to participate in the Conference including around 30 Heads of State or Heads of Government.

President Sirisena attended the launch of ISA at the COP-21 in Paris on November 30 2015, when it was launched by Prime Minister Modi and the then President of France Francois Hollande.

The ISA is conceived as a coalition of 121 solar resource rich countries (lying fully or partially between the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn) to address their energy needs, through a common platform for collaboration, for achieving speed, scale and skills for deploying available solar technologies; facilitating strategic and collaborative solar R&D; and lowering the cost of finance for solar projects and capacity building.

The ISA aims to mobilise more than US$ 1000 billion of investments needed by 2030 for massive deployment of solar energy. ISA is committed to contribute significantly towards the global efforts for achieving Sustainable Development Goals and objectives of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. The ISA is headquartered in Gurugram, Haryana, close to New Delhi.