Visit of Jean-Baptiste Djebbari to India [fr]
H.E. Mr Jean-Baptiste Djebbari, French Minister of State for Transport, visits India and attends WINGS India 2022.
New Delhi, 26 March 2022
The Minister of State for Transport of France, H.E. Mr Jean-Baptiste Djebbari, paid an official visit to India from 24th to 26th March 2022, covering Delhi, Hyderabad and Mumbai. The visit aimed to strengthen Indo-French cooperation in land, air and sea transport with a focus on sustainable solutions.
The Minister met the Hon’ble Minister of Civil Aviation, Shri Jyotiraditya M. Scindia, on civil aviation cooperation between France and India. He underscored the commitment of French companies towards meeting the needs of the fast-growing Indian civil aviation sector. He also discussed Indo-French cooperation on decarbonising air transport.
The Minister highlighted France’s support to clean mobility in India. He held discussions with the Hon’ble Minister of Housing and Urban Affairs, Shri Hardeep Singh Puri, on new mobility solutions, including urban cable cars, and an Indo-French seminar for sustainable urban development, proposed to be organised jointly in the fall.
Joined by representatives of French land transport companies active in India, Minister Djebbari visited New Delhi Railway Station, where French group Alstom displayed one of the 800 electric locomotives that are being entirely built in India.
Lastly, Minister Djebbari visited IElectrix-Shakti, a smart grid demonstrator combining solar photovoltaic technology, battery storage, smart transformer and energy management system. This pilot project, co-funded by the EU, aims at increasing self-consumption of solar energy, power quality, prosumer involvement, and electricity supply resilience. It is implemented by a consortium led by Enedis in partnership with Tata Power-DDL, Schneider Electric, Odit-e, and Geco Global.
In the second leg of his visit, the Minister attended the opening ceremony of WINGS India 2022 and spoke at the ministerial plenary session. Building on the strong presence of French aeronautics companies in India, he announced the project of creating a French aeronautics cluster in India and France’s support to the sustainable aviation fuel value chain in India. He visited French exhibitors, including Airbus, which showcased an A350 aircraft. This was an occasion to witness the excellent Indo-French cooperation in the aeronautics sector, Airbus airplanes accounting for 75% of Indian airline fleets. Lastly, the Minister interacted with a visiting delegation of seven companies from France that are carrying out an MRO business roadshow in Bengaluru, Mumbai and Hyderabad.
In the last leg of his visit, Minister Djebbari visited Nhava Sheva Port, the largest container port in India. French transport and logistics group CMA-CGM in India is participating in the call for tenders for the concession of the Nhava Sheva Container Terminal in Mumbai. French logistics companies can provide their world-class expertise to implement “port to last mile” solutions in India.
Throughout his visit, Minister Djebbari interacted with French companies active in India in the fields of energy, land transport, and aeronautics. He encouraged them to continue investing in India’s amazing potential and help meet India’s strategic goals.