Paul Hermelin leads French business delegation to Nagpur
This prominent visit aimed at expanding the scope of Indo-French cooperation, in particular in smart cities, urban development and renewable energy.
Nagpur, 22 June 2017
H.E. Mr. Paul Hermelin, Special Representative for Bilateral Economic Relations, led a 30-member French business delegation to Nagpur on 22nd June 2017. This prominent visit aimed at expanding the scope of Indo-French cooperation, in particular in smart cities, urban development and renewable energy. The high-level delegation, composed of heads of world-known French companies, presented their expertise and know-how in those sectors.
Nagpur, together with Chandigarh and Puducherry, is one of the three cities selected to receive technical assistance from the French Government’s through the French Development Agency (AFD) as part of its support towards the implementation of the Smart Cities Mission in India.
During his visit, Mr. Hermelin met the Hon’ble Mayor of Nagpur along with the Hon’ble Commissioner of Nagpur Municipal Corporation, who is taking a personal interest in the smart cities programme.
The agenda of the day included field visits to Maha Metro, newly unveiled electric cars facility and Nag river front development site, followed by detailed presentations and meetings with the authorities in charge of the Smart City Program implementation, including Nagpur Municipal Corporation, and presentations from the French side about the technical solutions to be offered.
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.
During Prime Minister Modi’s visit to France in April 2015, French government’s willingness to transform three cities – Puducherry, Nagpur and Chandigarh – into smart cities was discussed upon. In this context, the French Development Agency (AFD, a French government financial institution that provides development loans to public financial establishments around the world) signed three MoUs with Indian authorities for providing technical assistance to the cities of Chandigarh, Nagpur and Puducherry. The AFD has already decided to partly finance the Nagpur Metro project and Nagpur Smart City Program. Through these assistances, AFD is supporting the idea of sustainable development - not only of Nagpur but of entire Maharashtra. It is also to be noted that during PM Modi’s visit, the French President declared to provide 1 billion € through AFD, to finance the Smart Cities projects.