India visit of Christophe Sirugue, French MoS for Industry
New Delhi, 25 October 2016
H.E. Mr Christophe Sirugue, French Minister of State for Industry, was on a visit to India, from 25th to 27th October 2016, to explore prospects of expanding bilateral economic cooperation, cross-investments and developing Indo-French industrial partnership under the “Make in India” programme. The trip also focussed on innovation and new technology.
Mr Sirugue held discussions with Shri Venkaiah Naidu, Hon’ble Minister of Urban Development. He also met members of the French business community and the Indo-French Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Delhi, as well as interacted with leaders of a few French and Indian start-ups in India.
During his sojourn, Mr Sirugue delivered the inaugural speech for the opening of the Investors’ Month seminar entitled, “Why Smart Investors Choose France”. The event, jointly organised by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), Business France (Regional Economic Department of the Embassy of France in India) and ADAMAS, was held on Tuesday, 25th October 2016, at FICCI Federation House.
Mr Sirugue also called on Shri Arun Jaitley, Hon’ble Minister for Finance and Corporate Affairs and discussed strengthening of Indo-French economic relations.
On Wednesday, 26th October, the Hon’ble Minister of State travelled to Chennai, where he visited the plant of the French major Renault and the R&D Centre of Saint-Gobain, as well as was given a guided tour of the Research Park of the Indian Institute of Technology – Madras.
Christophe Sirugue was born on 14th August 1966 in Autun, in the Saône-et-Loire department, France.
Elected in the Saône-et-Loire constituency, he has been serving as a Member of the French National Assembly (Lower House of Parliament) since 2007.
On 1st September, he was appointed Minister of State for Industry, Ministry of Economy and Finance.
Investors’ Month: France is increasingly becoming the preferred destination for investments by Indian companies. According to UNCTAD, France is now the 7th largest country globally for inward foreign direct investments. In line with their growing trend, Business France, in association with FICCI, is organising its annual “Investors’ Month”, a unique business seminar with marquee investors on why they opt to invest in France.
French Minister meets Shri M.Venkaiah Naidu on cooperation in urban sector
French team to visit AP capital Amaravati on November 30
France has appreciated the initiatives of Indian Government for addressing climate change concerns as an integral part of new urban sector missions. The new urban sector initiatives and the possible areas of cooperation between the two countries were discussed in detail at a meeting between Minister of Urban Development Shri M.Venkaiah Naidu and the visiting French Minister of State for Industry Mr. Christophe Sirigue here today.
Shri Venkaiah Naidu stated that sustainable and climate friendly urban planning has been made the corner stone of new urban missions launched by the government over the last two years. Elaborating on this, he said that increased emphasis on reliable public transport and non-motorised transport, technology based Intelligent Transport Systems, efficient water and power management for conservation of scarce resources, focus on New and Renewable Sources of energy like solar power, green construction, development of open and green spaces, conversion of municipal solid waste into compost and energy, large scale replacement of old water pumps with energy efficient sets etc., were some of the climate friendly initiatives mandated under the new urban missions launched to enable urban renaissance.
Appreciating India’s enabling role in concluding COP-21 Agreement at Paris, Mr.Sirigue noted that these initiatives go to prove the country’s commitment to address climate change concerns. He also said that urban renaissance is the appropriate word for the Indian Government’s initiatives to recast the urban landscape.
Mr.Sirigue said that France which has already signed MoU for assisting in smart city development of Chandigarh, Nagpur and Puducherry, has the necessary expertise to assist in execution of new urban sector initiatives in India on a large scale. He informed that a French delegation would be visiting the Andhra Pradesh capital Amaravati on November 30, 2016 for exploring collaboration opportunities.
Source of the text: PIB, Govt. of India