Af­ter Asean meet, Delhi to host so­lar al­liance launch in March

Hindustan Times (Gurgaon) - - Nation - Jayanth Ja­cob Jayanth.ja­cob@hin­dus­tan­times.com

NEW DELHI: Af­ter hold­ing the India-Asean sum­mit and host­ing ten south-east Asian lead­ers on the Repub­lic Day, the Cen­tre was gear­ing up for an­other diplo­matic feat with the for­mal launch of the so­lar al­liance on March 11 in New Delhi, of­fi­cials fa­mil­iar with the mat­ter said.

“We are ex­pect­ing at least 25 coun­tries to at­tend the so­lar al­liance meet. The rep­re­sen­ta­tions are likely to be at the head of govern­ment or very se­nior govern­ment rep­re­sen­ta­tive level”, said an of­fi­cial.

Lead­ers from Aus­tralia, Bangladesh, Fiji, So­ma­lia, South Su­dan, Peru, Cuba, Ghana, Nauru, Niger, Mau­ri­tius and Sey­chelles are ex­pected to at­tend the meet.

French Pres­i­dent Em­manuel Macron is also likely to be in at­ten­dance when the ini­tia­tive, launched at the 2015 UN Cli­mate Change Con­fer­ence in Paris by Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi and for­mer French Pres­i­dent Fran­cois Hol­lande, of­fi­cially takes off.

Head­quar­tered in India, the al­liance aims to meet the grow­ing en­ergy de­mand and fight cli­mate change by de­ploy­ing over 1,000 Gi­gawatt of so­lar en­ergy and mo­bil­is­ing more than USD 1,000 bil­lion in­vest­ments into so­lar power mostly in de­vel­op­ing coun­tries by 2030.

So far, 48 coun­tries have signed the frame­work agree­ment for the-up and 19 of them have rat­i­fied it.

In terms of par­tic­i­pa­tion from for­eign dig­ni­taries, the for­mal launch of the so­lar al­liance will be the sec­ond big diplo­matic event the govern­ment will host in quick suc­ces­sion af­ter the India-Asean (As­so­ci­a­tion of South East Asian coun­tries) sum­mit.

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French Pres­i­dent Em­manuel Macron is likely to be at­tend­ing the so­lar al­liance meet­ing in New Delhi.

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