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PM Salwai meets Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi

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Prime Minister of Vanuatu Charlot Salwai met Indian PM Narendra Modi during his official visit to New Delhi.

Prime Ministers of Vanuatu and India met on Saturday, March 10, to discus current relationship between the two countries and sign a number of bilateral agreements, as well as discussing potential new agreements between India and Vanuatu.

PM Salwai arrived in New Delhi to attend the first ever international meeting of International Solar Alliance (ISA).

Last week New Delhi provided Vanuatu a donation of 20 million vatu as a contribution to the development of solar energy in the country, reports the Office of the Prime Minister.

Upon arrival to the capital of India Charlot Salwai was welcomed at the airport by the High Commissioner of India to Vanuatu, based in Suva, Fiji, Vishvas Sapkal.

On Friday, March 9, Mr Salwai had a meeting with Mr Sapkal and members of business community in New Delhi at Le Meridien Hotel.

The International Solar Alliance is an alliance of more than 121 countries, most of them being sunshine countries, which lie either completely or partly between the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn.

The primary objective of the alliance is to work for efficient exploitation of solar energy to reduce dependence on fossil fuels. This initiative was first proposed by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a speech in November 2015 at Wembley Stadium, in which he referred to sunshine countries as Suryaputra (“Sons of the Sun”).

The alliance is a treaty-based inter-governmental organization. Countries that do not fall within the Tropics can join the ISA and enjoy all benefits as other members, with the exception of voting rights.

The ISA membership will allow Vanuatu to have better access to funding and technical assistance for the deployment of solar energy. This will further enhance Vanuatu’s national and international efforts and commitments to address climate change adaptation and mitigation.