His Excellency Alexandre Ziegler - Ambassador of France to India
Strengthening its age old ties relationship with India, Ambassador of France to India H.E. Mr Alexandre Ziegler will head a delegation of over 100 French company leaders to Nagpur on 2nd November 2018. This is another step to enhance France’s cooperation with India in all aspects of sustainable urban development.
The French Ambassador Ziegler will deliver the keynote address at the 11th Urban Mobility India Conference, the flagship event of the Ministry of Urban and Housing Affairs (MoHUA), GoI. He will highlight France’s technical and financial support to India’s urban transformation through collaboration in various metro, urban mobility and smart city projects through the French Development Agency (AFD).
The event is organised by the Embassy of France in collaboration with Indo-French Chamber of Commerce and Industry (IFCCI).The Conclave will be graced by Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways of India, Devendra Fadnavis, Chief Minister of Maharashtra and Chandrashekhar Bawankule, Minister of Energy, New and Renewable Energy, and State Excise of Maharashtra State.
The event holds special significance as it will open many avenues for a bilateral trade partnership between India and France. Over 300 visitors and around 30 French companies are expected to participate in the discussions leading to an enabling environment for boosting the Indo-French partnership. The event will also bring together Indian national and state authorities, policymakers, top private sector players from India and France, multilateral agencies, and eminent industry experts.
In his press note Ambassador Alexandre Ziegler said, “France provides expertise and financial aid to Nagpur’s projects under the Smart Cities Mission. Collective work on urban mobility, the metro – a project being conducted alongside our German partners – and the rejuvenation of the Nag riverbanks is in progress. French companies see great potential in the Indian economy. They invest, manufacture, and innovate in India. Maharashtra is emerging as a very promising investment destination, and I am confident that this Conclave will prove to be a very fruitful moment for the Indo-French trade relations.”