The International Solar Alliance (ISA) on March 26, 2018 signed the Headquarters Agreement with the Indian Government, enabling the ISA to establish its headquarters in the Host Country to discharge its functions and programmes.
The agreement was signed by General VK Singh, Minister of State of Ministry of External Affairs and Upendra Tripathy, Interim Director General of ISA.
Highlights of the Headquarters Agreement
• This Host Country Agreement makes ISA a juridical personality and gives it power to acquire and dispose the movable and immovable properties in the host country.
• Under this agreement, ISA will be authorised to institute and defend legal proceedings, will enjoy tax concessions and immunities as necessary to independently discharge its function and programmes.
• ISA shall be deriving its status, privileges and immunities as per Article 10 of Framework Agreement.
• The ISA Secretariat will enjoy the independence of the Host Country and can display its logo, flag on its programmes, policies and vehicles.
• The Host Country will provide 5 acres of land for establishing ISA Secretariat in the campus of the National Institute of Solar Energy (NISE) on lease basis.
• The property of the ISA will be exempted from any form of direct taxes, GST, custom duty and from restrictions on imports and exports.
• It will be the duty of ISA Secretariat to assign staff for the headquarters and for other departments to carry out its official functions.
• Appropriate Indian Authorities will work to ensure the security of the headquarters and will ensure that the headquarters is supplied with necessary public service utilities.
Post of Director General
• The ISA Secretariat will be headed by the Director General.
• The post of Director General will be equivalent to the rank of diplomatic envoy and to that of the High Commissioners of Commonwealth Countries.
• The Director General and other officials of the Secretariat will enjoy privileges and immunities in conformity with Section 15, 16 17, 18, 19 and 20 of United Nations (Privileges and Immunities) Act, 1947.
International Solar Alliance
• The International Solar Alliance, a joint initiative of India and France, aims to undertake joint efforts required to reduce the cost of finance and technology and mobilize more than USD 1000 billion of investments needed by 2030 for massive deployment of solar energy.
• ISA has presently four ongoing programmes: Scaling Solar Applications for Agricultural Use, Affordable Finance at Scale, Scaling Solar Mini Grids and Scaling Solar Rooftop catering to the needs of solar energy in specific areas.
• ISA will be the first international intergovernmental treaty based organization to be headquartered in India.