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Bangladesh elected vice president of International Solar Alliance

India re-elected president and France co-president

Update : 19 Oct 2022, 12:58 PM

Bangladesh has been elected vice president from the Asia-Pacific region at the fifth assembly of the International Solar Alliance (ISA) that began in the Indian capital of New Delhi on Tuesday.

Indian Union Minister of Power and New and Renewable Energy Raj Kumar Singh inaugurated the assembly as president of the organization.

India was re-elected president and France co-president of the 110 member and signatory countries of the International Solar Alliance, sources familiar with the development told BSS on Tuesday evening.

Ministers from 20 countries and delegates from across 110 member and signatory countries and 18 prospective countries joined the inaugural ceremony of the assembly in New Delhi, official sources said.

Md Habibur Rahman, secretary, Power Division, Ministry of Power, Energy and Mineral Resources, led a nine-member Bangladesh delegation to the assembly.

In his opening remarks, Raj Kumar Singh stated that the ISA would assist member nations in formulating and implementing solar-ready policies and regulatory development of national energy landscapes and for engaging with public and private sector entities.

He said the ISA is structured as an international resource hub with in-house technical expertise that will be readily accessible by member nations and is capable of guiding project implementation at scale.

“The ISA has come a long way since its formation, and we are moving forward at a great pace, thanks to the guidance and support provided by each and every member of ISA.”

On the sidelines of the event, a Bangladesh delegation led by the Power Division secretary held a meeting with Ajay Mathur, director general (DG) of the organization.

During the meeting, the DG, ISA, assured Bangladesh of extending all out support and cooperation for making solar energy available round the clock with affordable cost, said Nirod Chandra Mandal, national focal point of the ISA.

In this connection, the ISA DG also assured Bangladesh of extending solar energy cooperation in five sectors.

These are solar irrigation cooperation, expansion of roof-top solar system, cooperation in floating solar system, cooperation in ensuring solar energy supply for cooling and heating systems in godown and setting up technical application and research center of solar energy in Bangladesh.

The DG is expected to visit Bangladesh in December to sign an agreement to this end, sources said.

The assembly is the apex decision-making body of the ISA, in which each member country is represented. The body makes decisions concerning the implementation of the ISA's Framework Agreement and coordinated actions to be taken to achieve its objective.

The fifth assembly of the ISA, which began its journey in 2018, deliberated on the key initiatives of the ISA on three critical issues: energy access, energy security and energy transition.

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