Myanmar joins International Solar Alliance

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 utilization 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.

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 neighbor’s Rakhine State in the wake of the Rohingya refugee crisis.

Key Highlights:

1. 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.
2. It is India’s first international and inter-governmental organization of 121 Countries and has headquarters in India with United Nations as Strategic Partner.
3. The International Solar Alliance 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.
4. It aims to create a collaborative platform for increased deployment of solar energy technologies to enhance energy security and sustainable development.

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