Visit of the French Ambassador to Bangalore
H.E. Mr Alexandre Ziegler, Ambassador of France to India, was on an official trip to Bangalore, from 6th to 7th June 2018, to bolster cooperation between France and India.
Bangalore, 6-7 June 2018
Ambassador Ziegler met Shri H.D.Kumaraswamy, the Hon’ble Chief Minister of Karnataka, and Shri G. Parameshwara, the Hon’ble Deputy Chief Minister of Karnataka on 7th June 2018. This was an occasion to felicitate the officials appointed after the Karnataka Legislative Elections which were held in May 2018 and to give them an overview of the French presence in the state (more than 150 French companies and 1 000 French people are established in Bangalore).
Collaborations related to Smart City and environment
Ambassador Ziegler attended the kick-off meeting of a project to set up a waste-to-energy plant at Chikkanagamangala near Anekal, Bangalore. This proposed undertaking is based on the Memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed between Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagar Palike (BBMP) and the French company, 3Wayste SAS, during the State visit of the President of the French Republic, Mr Emmanuel Macron, in March 2018.
The plant will be set up by 3Wayste SAS at the Chikkanagamangala solid waste disposal site to process 500 tonnes of waste and generate 10 MW of power. The project will be commissioned shortly. The company has taken the plant area for power generation for a lease of 30 years.
This partnership is emblematic of the Indo-French cooperation in the field of waste management, and the development of more globally smart city and environment.
Scientific cooperation and student mobility
Ambassador Ziegler also visited the Indian Space Research Organisation’s (ISRO) Headquarters. He was received by Dr K Sivan, Chairman of the ISRO. France and India go back a long way, over 50 years, with their collaboration programmes in the field of space.
A joint declaration in our space cooperation programme was issued in New Delhi in the presence of the President of the French Republic, Mr Emmanuel Macron, and the Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi.
The ambassador visited one of our major partners, the Indian Institute of Science (IISc). He met Professor Anurag Kumar, Director of the IISc, at the campus. He also visited the Indo-French Water Cell’s laboratory and meet the French and Indian scientists working on the key subject of water quality and availability.
The ambassador promoted student mobility between France and India : every year Bangalore sends Indian students to study in France and the city counts for a quarter of the 6000 Indian students who choose France as their preferred destination for higher education each year.
French business community
A meeting with the French business community was also scheduled as part of Ambassador Ziegler’s visit.
On 7th June, the ambassador met young entrepreneurs and start-ups from Bangalore; they have been selected by the French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs under the “Young Leaders’ program” that invites them to France to explore avenues of learning, growth and business expansion beyond the boundaries of their country.
The ambassador then visited Centum Electronics and met the Managing Director and CEO of the company. This company bought 51% of the French engineering firm ADETEL in 2016 and has ever since integrated both the enterprises very smoothly. It is an example of a successful Indian investment in France.
Ambassador Ziegler’s visit offered an opportunity to strengthen various areas of the dynamic Indo-French bilateral partnership in the fields of her area of work, namely economy, science, space and society.