Ambassador Ziegler leads French delegation to the 2019 Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit
H.E. Mr Alexandre Ziegler, Ambassador of France to India, leads a 78- member French delegation to the 2019 Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit.
Gandhinagar-Gujarat, 17 - 20 January 2019
H.E Mr Alexandre Ziegler, Ambassador of France to India, led a 78-member French delegation to the ninth edition of the Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit on 18th January, 2019. As a Partner Country of the Summit and being amongst India’s leading foreign investors, France is committed to working with the Government of India and the Government of Gujarat. French companies signed 3 MoUs during the Vibrant Gujarat Summit.
The business delegation included 34 French companies with expertise in the agri-food industry, aviation and logistics, banking and finance, chemicals, energy and power, infrastructure, IT & telecommunications, smart city and transportation solutions, and waste and water management.
The group of French delegates this year was a mix of companies with established footprint in Gujarat and those with advanced technical expertise keen to partner with Indian entities. All of them are committed to the “Make in India” initiative and are ready to support India’s progress towards sustainable growth by collaborating in areas such as energy, food processing, infrastructure, skill development, sustainable urban development and transportation.
France had a pavilion at the Exhibition centre and held a Country Seminar on 19th January at 9.30 AM, focusing on two key topics: Low-carbon development and Industry 4.0- automation, connected devices and their impact on sustainable development. 10 business leaders of French enterprises discussed initiatives in optimizing agro-food processing for sustainable production and developments in digital technology and connected devices for cities and transportation in India.
Major French investments in Gujarat over the past decade
Roquette Riddhi Siddhi, a leading producer of starch-based products, set up a factory in Viramgan, which exports close to 30%-40% of its production in Gujarat to East Africa, the Middle East and Southeast Asia (Indonesia). It employs 500+ workers.
Serap, specialising in cryogenic freezing, particularly bulk milk cooling entered the Indian market in 2009, first assembling and then manufacturing their equipment in Salvi, Gujarat. Serap currently manufactures 6 products and has about a 100 employees.
Systra, specializing in rail and public transport has been present in Gujarat since 2014 and currently employs close to 1000 people in India. The company has won several contracts in the metro and urban planning sectors in Gujarat.
Schneider Electric runs two manufacturing plants in Vadodara.
CMA-CGM and Bolloré, two world leaders in freight and logistics operate in Gujarat’s major ports.
Axens, global technology provider in oil refining, runs its Indian plant in Vadodara.
SNF-Floerger, world leader in water treatment and oil extraction chemistry is setting up its second Indian plant in Gujarat.
This momentum, already highlighted during the previous Vibrant Gujarat edition, has maintained its vigour.
Recent and upcoming French projects in Gujarat
ADEPTA, an association of French companies specializing in machinery for agribusinesses, will sign an MoU with the government of Gujarat for national agricultural cooperation.
Cemafroid, the French cold chain expert, will sign an MoU with the government of Gujarat for the implementation of a national cold chain laboratory in Gujarat.
In January 2019, the stationery manufacturer, Bic, inaugurated a factory in Vapi, which will employ more than 2000 people.
Engie recently won a 200-MW solar project through reverse auction tender launched by GUVNL.
EDF, one of the world’s biggest power producers, operates 5 wind farms with a total capacity of 164MW in Gujarat, and also won a tender in October 2018 for the development of 300 MW of wind energy, which will be located in Gujarat.
Saint-Gobain opened the largest plasterboard plant in India in February 2018, in Vadodara.
Citelum, an energy services company present in Ahmedabad since 2014 with a contract for urban lighting management, moved its Indian headquarters to Ahmedabad in 2017.
Lumiplan worked on the optimization of the planning and scheduling of the bus system in the city of Ahmedabad.
Egis, an engineering consultant company, completed its proof consultant mission for the approval of the detailed engineering designs and drawings of the Statue of Unity. It will also work on end-to-end engineering solutions for the development of 14 Fishing Harbours and Fish Landing Centres in Gujarat; road and services planning scheme in Dholera Special Investment Region; and as technical consultant for the Udhna Railway Station Development Plan and Surat MMTH.
TechnipFMC, global leader in oil drilling technologies, set up a manufacturing yard in Dahej in 2017.
Gujarat is one of the most industrialized states of India and also one of the most attractive for investments. The rapid growth of sectors such as high-value agricultural produce and dairy as well as the continued focus on renewable energy attracts a diverse mix of French business delegates who are prepared to invest and make in India.
Beyond these growing economic partnerships, people-to-people ties are also intensifying between France and Gujarat, as last year, the Embassy of France, in collaboration with Ahmedabad’s prestigious CEPT University, started a programme that enables 5 young Indian architects to work in French architecture agencies.
French companies have invested substantially in India over the past few years. The investments have currently reached € 7 billion, making France one of the top foreign investors. Further, with 500 French companies employing over 350,000 people, France is also one of the largest European employers in India.
France pushes economic agenda in India - Ambassador Ziegler’s interview to Dipanjan Roy Chaudhury of The Economic Times on the occasion of the Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit 2019.