Piyush Goyal wants Africa to join ISA club in clean energy drive

Power Minister Piyush Goyal today called upon African nations to join the International Solar Alliance (ISA) to promote the renewable source of energy across the globe.

“African countries would benefit immensely by joining the ISA that is headquartered in New Delhi,” Goyal said while addressing the 11th CII-Exim Bank Conclave on India-Africa Project Partnership here.

Exim Bank, the minister said, would explain the finer aspects of ISA to African governments and also work towards engagement of Indian companies for solar projects in Africa through the line of credit (LoC) route.

He suggested that India and Africa should deepen partnerships for development of micro grids and off grids as part of efforts for realisation of UN’s Sustainability Development Goals (SDGs) well before year 2030.

On the occasion, Ghana Trade and Industry Minister Ekwow Spio Garbrah said African governments have their focus on governance systems, regulatory framework, entrepreneurship development and the like, creating highly investment-friendly domestic environment.

Garbrah identified infrastructure development, healthcare and agriculture as three focus areas that call for deeper India-Africa partnerships. He proposed that Ghana could extend expertise in growing cocoa in India.

According to Garbrah, India could play a key part in creating solar energy development capacity across the vast Sahara desert where land is not arable.

On implementation of projects launched by India in Africa, he called for setting up an international coordination mechanism to ensure seamless and timely implementation of projects.

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