Pierre Gattaz leads 45-member French delegation
Mr Pierre Gattaz, Head of MEDEF (French federation of entrepreneurs) leading 45-member delegation of French companies was on a four-day India visit to strengthen Indo-French economic cooperation.
led by the President of MEDEF, Mr. P. Gattaz, in New Delhi
New Delhi, 25 September 2017
Mr Pierre Gattaz, Head of MEDEF (French federation of entrepreneurs) and Chairman of the Radiall Board, was in India on a four-day tour covering Delhi-NCR, Mumbai and Bengaluru. Aiming to explore opportunities for boosting economic relations between France and India, Mr Gattaz led a delegation of 45 French companies of all sizes and from all sectors of activity (ranging from transport and logistics, port and shipping, energy and environment, construction and infrastructure, digital sector, bank and insurance, to legal services).
He was accompanied, among others, on this tour by Ms Marianne Laigneau, Vice President - France-India Business Council of Medef International; Mr Gérard WOLF, Chairman - Sustainable City Task Force of Medef International; and Mr Olivier Robinet, Director - International Trade, French Ministry of Ecological and Inclusive Transition.
In New Delhi (25th - 26th September), the first city of their trip, Mr Gattaz and the delegation called on Shri Arun Jaitley, Hon’ble Minister of Finance; Shri Suresh Prabhu, Hon’ble Minister of Commerce and Industry; and Shri P. Ashok Gajapathi Raju, Hon’ble Minister of Civil Aviation. They also met Shri Pankaj Patel, President - Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI).
The India branch of the Smart Cities Club, umbrella organization of French companies specializing in the sustainable urban development sector, convened on this occasion. Its agenda included furthering the contribution of French expertise and know-how towards various initiatives of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, such as Smart Cities Mission, Swachh Bharat and Power for All. Mr Gattaz also held a meeting with the representatives of various international institutions that finance such development initiatives: the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, the French Development Agency (AFD) and Proparco (its private sector funding subsidiary), and Germany’s KfW.
His Delhi visit also saw him at the Gurgaon R&D Centre of Michelin, the French global tyre major, and the Faculty of Management Studies, University of Delhi, where he has was invited to speak.
In Mumbai (27th September), Mr Gattaz met various Maharashtra government authorities, including the Hon’ble Minister of Commerce and Industry. At the India-France Business Forum organized on the occasion of his visit by Shri Ninad Karpe, Chairman - Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), he delivered the keynote address. The themes of the Forum included urban services (urban design, utilities and construction) and electricity (renewable energy, smart grids, electric mobility).
The MEDEF head also undertook a guided tour of the Larsen and Toubro facility in Mumbai, which is working on the manufacture and installation of the cryostat for the world’s largest International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER), coming up in Cadarache in southern France. He wound up his Mumbai visit with a networking dinner hosted by the Indo-French Chamber of Commerce and Industry (IFCCI).
In Bengaluru (28th September), the last leg of his tour, Mr Pierre Gattaz was received by Shri R.V. Deshpande, Hon’ble Minister of Commerce and industry – Large- and Medium-scale Industries; and Shri Priyanka Kharge, Hon’ble Minister of State (IC) for Information Technology and Biotechnology. He also held meetings with IT majors CapGemini, Wipro and Infosys.
With the aim of gaining insights into the incubator ecosystem in India, he visited NUMA, a leading innovation hub, and Airbus Bizlab, the global aerospace accelerator. He also met TeamIndus, the only Indian team competing for the Google Lunar XPRIZE, a global competition for engineers and entrepreneurs to develop low-cost methods of robotic space exploration. The French Space Agency (CNES) is providing micro-cameras with patented technology suited to a range of space missions to TeamIndus, which is designing an all-terrain rover by end-2017 for this lunar mission.
On this visit, Mr Gattaz said, “French companies are capable of meeting the challenges and great ambitions of India, a major power of the global economy. We can seize excellent opportunities to rise to the challenges to India’s growth. It is a great pleasure for us to work alongside our Indian counterparts towards strengthening our relations and trade.”
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CV of Mr Pierre Gattaz