Myanmar on July 19, 2018 joined the India-initiated International Solar Alliance (ISA), thus, becoming the 68th signatory to the Framework Agreement of the ISA that aims for optimum utilisation of solar energy.
Myanmar Minister for International Cooperation, Kyaw Tin handed over the ISA Framework Agreement to External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj during a bilateral meeting on this year's Delhi Dialogue.
Other projects discussed between India and Myanmar during the meeting
• India is implementing a number of infrastructure projects in Myanmar such as the Kaladan Multimodal Transit Transport Project connecting Mizoram with Sittwe port in Myanmar, the Trilateral Highway Project connecting India with Myanmar and Thailand and the Rhi-Tiddim road.
• India is also offering economic and humanitarian aid to its eastern neighbour's Rakhine State in the wake of the Rohingya refugee crisis.
International Solar Alliance
• The International Solar Alliance was launched jointly by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and French President Francois Hollande on the first day of the COP-21 summit at Paris in 2015.
• The International Solar Alliance aims to undertake joint efforts required to reduce the cost of finance and technology and mobilise more than USD 1000 billion of investments needed by 2030 for massive deployment of solar energy.
• It is India’s first international and inter-governmental organisation of 121 Countries and has headquarters in India with United Nations as Strategic Partner.
• It aims to create a collaborative platform for increased deployment of solar energy technologies to enhance energy security and sustainable development.
• It will work with partner countries to formulate projects and programmes to accelerate development of clean solar energy technologies.
• It’s Governing Structure consists of an Assembly, a Council and a Secretariat.
• The ISA Assembly provides guidance, direction and advice to the Secretariat for undertaking the activities.
• 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.
• The ISA framework agreement entered into force on December 6, 2017, the thirtieth day after the ratification by Guinea, the 15th country to ratify the agreement.
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