India visit of high-level delegation from the IHEDN
A high-level delegation from the French Institute of Higher Defence Studies (IHEDN) concluded its international study trip in India, undertaken from 28 May to 3 June 2018.
New Delhi - Bombay, 28 May - 03 June 2018
Led by the Vice-Admiral of the French Navy (2S), Gérard Valin, a high-level delegation comprising about 30 auditors from the French Institute of Higher Defence Studies (IHEDN) who participated in the national session on «Maritime Strategies and Issues» concluded its international study trip in India, undertaken from 28 May to 3 June 2018. During the visit, the delegation met with representatives from civilian and defense institutions, think tanks and private companies, related to the naval and maritime domain. They were able to appropriate their year-long learning in the Indian context.
A public institution under the direct charge of the Prime Minister, the IHEDN brings together auditors from all walks of life, such as politicians, civil servants and corporate executives to deepen and expand their shared knowledge in the maritime world, to globally comprehend the challenges in the exercise of their current and future responsibilities, and finally to have access to a strategic vision essential to occupy senior positions of responsibility.
This six-day mission, organised in cooperation with the Defence mission of New Delhi, thus satiated the desire to enhance their knowledge. It proved to be intense and rich in exchanges and visits: after initial interactions with the Ambassador of France to India, H.E. Mr Alexandre Ziegler, and members of the French Embassy, the French delegation met Indian officials from the Ministry of Defence, Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Husbandry and Fisheries, specialists from defence think tanks (United Service Institution, National Maritime Fondation et Observer Research Foundation), the National Institution for Transforming India, and industrialists (ENGIE, TECHNIP, MDL) in New Delhi and then in Mumbai. They also visited military sites (Western Naval Command and the TEG frigate) and industrial sites (MDL Shipyard), necessary for the proper understanding of maritime and naval issues in India.