Ambassador’s maiden visit to Kolkata

Kolkata, West Bengal, 17-20 August 2016

H.E. Mr Alexandre Ziegler, Ambassador of France to India, was in Kolkata from 17th to 20th August 2016 for his first ever visit of the city.

On this occasion, Ambassador Ziegler paid a courtesy call on H.E. Mr K. N. Tripathi, Governor of West Bengal. He also met various ministers of the West Bengal Government, members of the Chambers of Commerce, State and social actors as well as other officials in areas of collaborative interest.

Ambassador Ziegler was joined by the heads of the Economic Section and the Cooperation and Cultural Department of the Embassy of France. During this tour, he was accompanied by Mr Damien Syed, Consul General of France in Kolkata.

Ambassador Ziegler shared ideas in the economic and social areas with all his interlocutors with a view to boosting bilateral trade and exploring a wide range of possibilities in the exchanges between France and the State of West Bengal.

First day:

  • Arrived in Kolkata

Second day:

  • Ambassador Ziegler visited the buses of NGO, Tomorrow’s Foundation which provide care for deprived and disabled children
  • Ambassador Ziegler had a meeting with Mr Sanjiv Goenka, Chairman of RP-Sanjiv Goenka Group
  • Ambassador Ziegler called on Shri Keshari Nath Tripathi, Hon’ble Governor of West Bengal
  • Visited workshops of the French-Indian company social dimension Terra Indica
  • Attended reception with representatives of the cultural and academic world and with the French community
  • Ambassador Ziegler conferred the insignia of Knight of Academic Palms on Mrs Basabi Pal, Head, Department of French, Chandernagore Government College

Third day:

  • Had breakfast meeting with Mr. Umesh Chowdhary, MD of Titagarh Wagons Ltd
  • Interacted with Ms Priti Paul, Director of Apeejay Group and owner of Oxford Bookstore
  • Met Mr Amit Mitra, Hon’ble Minister for Finance, Commerce and Industry
  • Ambassador Ziegler participated in a conference on the theme “Doing business with France”, organized with the Confederation of Indian Industry with the business media
  • Met Mr. Sanjiv Puri, COO of ITC, and Mr. Arif Nazeeb, Executive Vice President of ITC and Ms Nandini Basu Manager Corp Communications at ITC conglomerate covering FMCG, food processing, hospitality and information technology
  • Met Mr. Mahendra Kumar Jalan, chairman of Keventer group active in the food, steel, real estate and infrastructure, former Honorary Consul of France
  • Ambassador Alexandre Ziegler conferred the insignia of Commandeur de l’Ordre National du Mérite on Mr Saroj Kumar Poddar, member of the Indo-French CEOs Forum, (former President of India Alstom and Areva T & D) in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the bilateral ties between India and France in the economic sphere during a reception & dinner with the business community

Fourth day:

  • Ambassador Ziegler paid respect at the tomb of Mother Teresa in Kolkata

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