Visit of Mr Thierry Mariani, French Minister for Transport, 24 to 27 February 2012
Mr Thierry Mariani, Hon’ble Minister for Transport, French Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development, Transport and Housing, will be on a three-day visit to India from 24 to 27 February 2012. The purpose of Mr Mariani’s visit is to strengthen the bilateral partnership between India and France in the areas of public transport, civil aviation and urban public services.
In the course of his stay in Delhi, he will hold meetings with Indian high dignitaries and French industrialists.
Apart from Delhi, Mr Thierry Mariani will also travel to Chennai. He will meet French industrialists, and visit the premises of the Chennai metro.
France and India collaborate, among others, in the sector of public transport for the development of urban commute systems (trains and metros) and the Indian railway network. Several French companies are involved as general or technical consultants in various metro rail network projects, or are suppliers for equipment, signalling systems, telecommunications and ticketing.
Further, French products account for one-third of India’s imports in the aviation sector. This includes supplying aircraft, aircraft engines, and maintenance services. French and Indian companies are in partnerships for the production of aircraft, manufacture of parts and their maintenance. Indo-French collaboration is also reflected in 100% Indian subsidiaries of French companies, as well as Research and Development partnerships. An Indo-French technical cooperation, initiated in 2010, has already resulted in three MoUs for civil aviation studies, pilot training, MRO technicians, and diverse areas of airport management.