Ambassador leads French business delegation to Andhra Pradesh

H.E. Mr Alexandre Ziegler, Ambassador of France to India, calls on Hon’ble Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, Mr Nara Chandrababu Naidu and leads a 25-member French business delegation on Smart Cities, Hospitality, Infrastructure and Industry.

Andhra Pradesh, 9 -10 December 2018

The Ambassador of France to India, H.E. Mr Alexandre Ziegler, was in Andhra Pradesh from 9th to 10th December, leading a 25-member French business delegation on ‘Smart Cities, Hospitality, Infrastructure and Industry’.

On Sunday, 9th December at 6.00 pm, the Ambassador along with H.E. Mr Nara Chandrababu Naidu, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, inaugurated the Novotel Hotel, part of AccorHotels Group, in Vijayawada.

On the occasion of the inaugural ceremony, the Ambassador and the Minister addressed a gathering of around 450 participants. Afterwards, the delegation participated in an interactive discussion with the Hon’ble Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh followed by a networking dinner.

The exchanges continued on 10th December on the topic of Smart city, where the delegation met officials from Andhra Pradesh Economic Development Board (APEDB) and Andhra Pradesh Capital Region Development Authority (APCRDA).

Later on 10th December, the Ambassador inaugurated the Dassault Systèmes excellence center. This Master Center is the result of a MoU signed in early 2018 between Dassault Systèmes and Andhra Pradesh State Skill Development Corporation (APSSDC), which helps support the students in exploring in the field of aeronautics, defense and automobile.

This was the second visit of this nature organized in two years (the last was in November 2016). It reflects France’s willingness and commitment to step up partnerships with Andhra Pradesh authorities in the development of the new capital city of Amaravati.

The delegation, whose visit was organized by the French Embassy in association with APEDB, included the French Development Agency – AFD and French companies from the urban planning, renewable energy and infrastructure sectors and presented to the government of Andhra Pradesh, the French expertise in these sectors.

The delegation also went to the site visit of the aspiring Amaravati city. Amaravati will become a benchmark illustration of a sustainable, green and high tech Indian city. It offers immense opportunities for innovation, partnerships and development.

The set-up of centralized Project Management System for Amaravati infrastructure projects is also being discussed with APCRDA. The system will track Progress Monitoring, Material Management, Project Management, Building Information Modeling (BIM) and Contract Standardization.


AccorHotels is a leading global group specializing in travel and lifestyle. The group employs more than 250,000 people in 109 countries, through nearly 4,600 hotels and residences, as well as 10,000 private homes. Its portfolio includes internationally renowned luxury brands: Raffles, Banyan Tree, Sofitel LEGEND, Fairmont SO Sofitel, Sofitel, Rixos, Onefinestay, Sofitel MGallery, Pullman, Swissôtel, Angsana, 25h and Novotel, Mercure, Adagio, Mama Shelter, ibis, ibis Styles, ibis Budget, Jo & Joe, Grand Mercure, The Sebel and hotelF1.

AccorHotels is committed to sustainable development and solidarity through PLANET 21, a comprehensive program which promotes ambitious actions in various sectors: reduction of consumption, tree planting initiatives, social actions, sustainable and healthy food promotion.

In India, AccorHotels operates 45 hotels and conventions centers across the country. Their references are the following: Sofitel Mumbai BKC, Pullman New Delhi Aerocity, Swissotel Kolkata, Grand Mercure Bengaluru, Novotel New Delhi Aerocity, Novotel Hyderabad Convention Centre, Hyderabad International Convention Centre, Novotel Goa Resort & Spa, Novotel Lucknow Gomti Nagar, Mercure Hyderabad KCP.

Dassault Systèmes

Dassault Systèmes group has nearly 2500 employees in India (70% of whom are engineers), around 6000 customers in various industrial sectors and 1000 academic institutes using their technologies.

The company started its activity in India in 1997 and develops computer programs for the industry. They also develop virtual worlds with the 3D platform: "3DEXPERIENCE". That aims at allowing its customers to design, manufacture and maintenance of their products.

In India, the Dassault Systèmes Group has a large number of customers in various sectors, including transportation, aeronautics, energy, natural resources, natural sciences and medicine and aerospace.

A 3D modelization for the digitization of the city of Jaipur (Rajasthan) is also under progress in collaboration with Aurionpro.

They are planning to set up 50 Skill development centers in Andhra Pradesh in partnership with the government, covering Aerospace, Automotive and shipbuilding across 13 districts to help engineers to enhance their skills to be industry ready.

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