French business delegation to Andhra Pradesh
The Ambassador of France to India has led a 60-member French business delegation on Smart Cities, infrastructure and industry to Andhra Pradesh, on 30 November 2016.
New Delhi, December 1st
H.E. Mr Alexandre Ziegler, Ambassador of France to India, has led a 60-member French business delegation specialising in the areas of Smart Cities, infrastructure and industry to Andhra Pradesh, on 30 November 2016.
The delegation has been received by Shri Nara Chandrababu Naidu, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh. They have also met high-ranking State government officials.
Thus, Shri J. Krishna Kishore, CEO - Economic Development Board, has presented an overview of opportunities in the state, while Dr Sreedhar Cherukuri, Commissioner - AP Capital Region Development Authority (APCRDA), has presented the Amaravati Project. Reciprocally, officials from the French Embassy and the French Development Agency (AFD) have highlighted French expertise in the sectors of urban development, renewable energy and infrastructure to the Andhra Pradesh Government.
In parallel, round table discussions with participants from both sides, each led by a top official of the Andhra Pradesh Government, have been held on seven technical themes: Investments and Industry; Tourism and Partnerships; Infrastructure and Smart Cities: Transportation; Infrastructure and Smart Cities: Energy; Infrastructure and Smart Cities: IT and Communications; Infrastructure and Smart Cities: Water, Waste Management and Environment; and Infrastructure and Smart Cities: Planning and Design. Shri Satya Prakash Tucker, Chief Secretary of the AP government, has summed up the round table deliberations.
Reflecting its prominent position among leading foreign investors in India, France is committed to partnering with the Government of Andhra Pradesh in creating the futuristic capital city of Amaravati.
As part of the Indian government’s Smart Cities Mission, the French Development Agency (AFD) has signed three MoUs with Indian authorities for providing technical assistance to the cities of Chandigarh, Nagpur and Puducherry, an illustration of concrete French support towards the implementation of the Smart Cities Mission in India
‘Amaravati - Andhra Pradesh’s New Capital City’ is the biggest and latest Smart City development project in India.. France, being one of the topmost foreign investors in India, is committed to deepening its ever-increasing economic ties with this country and bringing in the best possible technology and solutions needed for the successful implementation of the Amaravati Capital City project.
France and the Smart Cities Mission
With its industrial experience, wide sectoral expertise and cutting-edge technologies in sustainable urban development, transport and energy, France is building a partnership for the future with India. France invests in India, makes in India and innovates in India. Thus, French companies offer tailor-made solutions for actively supporting India in the achievement of its major sustainable development goals.
Following the launch of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Smart Cities Mission, France made urban development a top priority for French investment in India. The Embassy of France founded the French Smart Cities Club in India in July 2016. The Club brings together more than 50 French companies established in India from across the Smart Cities sectors: urban planning and consultancy, urban transport, water and waste management, renewable energy, street lighting, street furniture, telecom, urban security and communications.
Agence Française de Développement
AFD, a public development finance institution that implements the policy defined by the French Government, works to fight poverty and promote sustainable development. AFD operates on four continents via a network of 71 agencies. It finances and supports projects that improve living conditions for people, boost economic growth and protect the planet. In 2014, AFD committed 8.1bn euros to finance projects in developing countries and for overseas France. Since 2005, AFD has committed 18bn euros for projects that reconcile development and climate change, including 2.8bn euros in 2014 (i.e. 53% of its financing) in developing and emerging countries. http://www.afd.fr