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Global sporting retailer, Decathlon, opens 1st store at Battaramulla

Purva Marwaha - 22-oct.-2018 10:49:46

Opening up a whole new world of sports innovation for Sri Lanka, Decathlon Sri Lanka has launched its first store at Battaramulla on 13 th October 2018, located at 260/1, Pannipitiya Road, Battaramulla, prominently located beside the Buddhadasa ground. Demonstrating its passion for sports, Decathlon’s store offers a unique sport store concept that showcases 2500 products catering to 50 sports, coupled with a distinctive and personalised customer service. The store is spread across 1200 m 2  space dedicated for sports to allow shoppers and sports lovers to browse the store at leisure. The store caters to all levels of sports enthusiasts, from beginners to advanced. Decathlon not only provides quality sports gear, but also offers a 500 m2 free access playground for football & multisports; 4 indoor experience zones (for football, fitness, cycling and trekking); along with 50 sport practices under the same roof and 2500 products – a true paradise for sports lovers. The store will be open from 9 am to 9 pm and offers spacious parking for 100 cars. Expressing his delight at the launch of Decathlon’s first store, Etienne Mafart, Country Leader of Decathlon Sri Lanka said, “Decathlon is committed to converting people to adopt healthy lifestyles through fitness and sports. We are all delighted sportspeople who have turned our passion into our job, which is to make sport accessible for many. For four decades now, Decathlon’s teams have accompanied, facilitated – and even revolutionized – the practice of athletes around the world. At Decathlon, innovation holds a primordial place both in our stores and in our products. Behind each product, there is an idea, an expectation, an intuition…. emanating from an athlete, a sport user or a Decathlon teammate. We see a similar passion for sports amongst Sri Lankans and we hope Decathlon inspires them even more to pursue sports. We are thrilled to make Decathlon a part of the city’s sport ecosystem. We are proud to welcome Sri Lanka into Decathlon’s network of 45 countries and 1414 stores.” Decathlon already has a decade-long footprint in Sri Lanka, where it has based one of its main manufacturing facilities. After 10 years in Sri Lanka, Decathlon will be manufacturing 45 million products in 2018 with the involvement of its industrial partners. Its factory has 80 associates engaged in production compliance, quality and service. In Sri Lanka, 20 000 employees work for Decathlon, from 15 suppliers in 18 factories. The company has exported 2600 containers globally in 2018. Vatsal Pant, Store Leader, said, “The Decathlon store boasts a team of 40 passionate sports lovers engaged in a variety of sports who are truly dedicated to make sports accessible for all in Sri Lanka. Together we will inspire Sri Lankans to keep playing sport with a smile!”   Sensitive of giving back to society, Decathlon is associated with a host of sustainability initiatives globally. In Sri Lanka, the company is focusing on revealing the potential of young women in Sri Lanka. Commenting on Decathlon’s commitment, Suranjani Wickremeratne, Founder Member of Tarana Foundation added, “Tarana Foundaion is happy to collaborate with Decathlon Sri Lanka on their CSR Project to provide young girls in children’s homes an opportunity to harness and build their personality through an effective sports program. This will enable these young girls to raise the bar and will strongly support pursuing their life ambitions.” Decathlon was established in Englos, France, in 1976 and reported a turnover of 11 billion€ as at end 2017. It is the largest sporting goods retailer in the world.       Source: Lanka Business Online: https://bit.ly/2q3feaP

Keolis opens a new section of the Hyderabad automated metro (India)

sophie Canciani - 25-sept.-2018 06:57:20

  On Monday 24 September, 2018 Keolis opened a new section of the automated metro line 1 in Hyderabad, adding 16 km of track to the existing 30 km   With this new section, the network is now 46 km long and is expected to carry more than 150,000 passengers per day   This achievement paves the way for the final phase of the network and confirms Keolis’ leadership in automated metro systems   Keolis and its partners have completed the opening to the public of the first line of the automated metro in Hyderabad, which was partially opened in November 2017. This extension adds 16 km of track to the current 30 km network in use. To mark the occasion, an official flagging-off ceremony was held on Monday 24 September at Ameerpet station in the presence of the Governor of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana States, His Excellency E.S.L. Narasimhan.   With the extension, the network now stretches over two lines for a total of 46 kilometers and includes 40 stations, which places Hyderabad’s metro as the second biggest network in India. The extended line, which now links Ameerpet to LB Nagar, includes two important interchange stations, Ameerpet and MG Bus Stations, with the latter being one of the biggest elevated stations in the region. It now allows commuters to reach the south east of the city, and thus crucially serve the most densely populated areas of Hyderabad, which are located nearby to its old city. The number of daily passengers is expected to rise from 85,000 to more than 150,000. When the network is finally completed in 2019, it will be 72 km long, include 66 stations and carry an expected 1.5 million passengers per day.   Eric Moinier, Managing Director of Keolis Hyderabad, said: “ This is a major milestone we have reached today alongside our client and partner Larsen & Toubro and it takes us closer to the final stage of the network’s completion, which is expected to happen within the next year. With this extension more Hyderabad residents and visitors - to this growing city - will benefit from a modern, clean and safe transport solution. We will continue to strive to give them the best passenger experience.”   The 18 trains running on the network are built by Hyundai Rotem and equipped with the communication-based train control (CBTC) system provided by Thales, which allows improved headways and safety for passengers.   Keolis was awarded the operations and maintenance contract in 2012 by the concession-holder L&T Metro Rail. The core elements of that contract includes operating and maintaining 57 metro trainsets as well as stations, depots, track, signalling, telecommunications, ticketing systems and ticket sales at stations. Keolis Hyderabad currently has 800 employees.   As a pioneer and global leader in automated metro systems, Keolis counts 320 km of lines in cities such as Hyderabad (India), London (United Kingdom), Lille and Rennes (France), Shanghai (China) and Doha (Qatar).   About Keolis   Leading the way in public transport, Keolis partners with public decision makers to make shared mobility an asset for cities and their communities. Internationally recognised as the leading operator of trams and automated metros, Keolis adopts a determined innovation approach with all its partners and subsidiaries (Kisio, LeCab, EFFIA, Keolis Santé and Cykleo) to develop new forms of shared and customised mobility, and reinforce its core business across a range of transport modes including trains, buses, cars, trolleybuses, shared private hire vehicles, river shuttles, ferries, cycles, car sharing services, electric autonomous vehicles and urban cable cars.   In France, Keolis is now the leader in medical transport services through the creation of Keolis Santé in July 2017 and positioned as the number two car park operator, through its subsidiary EFFIA.   The company is 70% owned by SNCF and 30% by the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ). Keolis employs 63,000 people in 16 countries and recorded a turnover of 5.4 billion euros in 2017. Today, over 3 billion passengers worldwide have used one of the shared mobility services offered by Keolis. www.keolis.com   * Historically based in France, Keolis has expanded its operations in Germany, Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, Denmark, India, Luxembourg, Norway, the Netherlands, Portugal, Qatar, Sweden, the UK and the USA.

Grand Prix V.I.E Asie du Sud 2018

Purva Marwaha - 16-juil.-2018 07:30:53

Bonjour,    Sous le haut patronage des Ambassadeurs de France en Inde, au Bangladesh et à Sri Lanka, Business France Inde, le Service Economique Régional (DG Trésor) et les services économiques au Bangladesh et à Sri Lanka, avec le soutien des Conseillers du Commerce Extérieur de la France en Inde (CCEF) et de la Chambre de Commerce et d’Industrie Franco-Indienne (IFCCI) organiseront la troisième édition du Grand Prix VIE Asie du Sud 2018.    La remise des prix, aura lieu mi-octobre 2018 en soirée à la Résidence de France à Delhi . Cette soirée réunira l’ensemble des membres de la délégation du réseau et la communauté d’affaires française présente en Inde.   A cette occasion, trois prix seront décernés :      Grand prix VIE Asie du Sud 2018     Prix VIE de l’Innovation   Dossier présentant le meilleur exemple d’innovation et de créativité avec une adaptation au contexte du pays d’affectation, soit Inde, Bangladesh ou le Sri Lanka.     Prix VIE de l’intégration   Dossier démontrant la meilleure intégration à l’environnement de l’entreprise et dans la culture locale des affaires    Vous êtes tous concernés et invités à concourir . Les différents lauréats seront récompensés et se verront remettre un prix en nature et/ou numéraire.   C’est l’occasion non seulement de mettre en avant votre expérience mais aussi de la partager avec vos homologues. Les entreprises qui vous emploient bénéficieront également d’une plateforme privilégiée pour communiquer sur leur expertise et sur l’apport des VIE dans leur stratégie d’implantation ou de développement commercial dans leur pays d’affectation.    Comment participer ?   Je vous invite à nous confirmer au plus vite votre souhait de participer à cette aventure. Pour cela je vous remercie de nous adresser un message afin de nous confirmer votre participation. Je vous remercie de vérifier préalablement que votre responsable au sein de l’entreprise autorise votre participation à cet évènement.     N’attendez plus ! Inscrivez-vous et prenez 5 secondes afin d’appuyer sur le bouton « New Email » de votre boîte Outlook avec un simple copier/coller de la phrase suivante à envoyer à Mme Rachana THAKKAR ( Rachana.Thakkar@businessfrance.fr ) :     « Merci, je vous confirme mon inscription pour le Grand Prix VIE Asie du Sud 2018 et vous transmettrez mon dossier complété dans les meilleurs délais »    Nous sommes à votre disposition et impatient de recevoir votre confirmation de participation.   Merci, meilleures salutations,   Sophie CLAVELIER  Directrice Business France Inde & Zone Asie du Sud   

Tripartite MOU signed between BOI, EDB and Business France

Purva Marwaha - 13-juil.-2018 08:29:30

Friday, 13 July 2018     Agreement will enhance cooperation, trade and investment  A Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the Board of Investment of Sri Lanka, the Export Development Board of Sri Lanka and Business France today.   BOI Chairman Dumindra Ratnayake, EDB Chairperson Indira Malwatte and South Asia Head of Business France Sophie Clavelier signed the MOU on behalf of the respective organizations.   BOI is the investment promotion agency of the Sri Lankan Government and functions as the central facilitation point for investors with the purpose of improving Sri Lanka’s investment climate.   The SLEDB is Sri Lanka’s premier organization for the promotion and development of exports. Business France, an agency of the French Government, has the task of developing the internationalization of French companies as well as promoting the image of France in the world and promoting foreign investments in France. Also participating in this event was Ambassador of France to Sri Lanka and the Maldives Jean-Marin Schuh as well as senior officials of the BOI, EDB and Business France.   BOI Chairman Dumindra Ratnayake welcomed the other signatories to the MOU.  He stated: “This MOU is a very positive development since it will help to increase in the future investment in areas such as manufacturing and infrastructure. It also has to be seen in connection with the FTAs that Sri Lanka has entered into with India, Pakistan and Singapore and will sign in the future with China. These FTAs give market access to goods produced in Sri Lanka.” He added: “Another important development is the Port City with many opportunities for construction and other investment in the future.”   Ratnayake added that the agreement would help to strengthen relations and facilitate trade and investment with France in the future. EDB Chairperson Indira Malwatte stated: “We have had a very positive meeting with Business France. France is the sixth largest market for Sri Lankan exports to the European Union.”   She added: “Sri Lanka is to launch the National Export Strategy and this will also generate greater interest in our products. Currently we are promoting ship and boatbuilding, spices to be used in the manufacture of perfumes and cosmetics and of course the IT sector. It is our decision to focus just on three sectors for the moment and these are sectors where France is very strong.”   Head of Business France South Asia Sophie Clavelier stated: “We had a very positive meeting and I am excited to sign this MOU on behalf of the CEO of Business France.  We must ensure that this MOU must live and must work together in developing certain niche areas that Sri Lanka has to offer. One area which I would like to see develop is the Agro Sector where Sri Lanka has a lot of potential.”   She added that a country such as Sri Lanka should not look at competing with giant economies such as India but that “Sri Lanka should be developing niche sectors that are quality orientated. We should not look at large but at quality and high-end sectors.” Ambassador of France to Sri Lanka and the Maldives Jean-Marin Schuh also stated: “The MOU will enhance economic co-operation between Sri Lanka and France. We are currently focusing on expanding French exports as well as Sri Lankan investment in France.”   He added: “There are certain areas where l see many possibilities. For example, the French side could be interested in developing Sri Lankan ports as France has many leading shipping companies. I also see opportunities in the development of tourism.  This is an area where France has considerable experience and in 2020 our country will attract 120 million tourists in the course of the year. Other areas that are very promising are co-operation in the financial sector and also we are currently involved in the development of mini-dairies.”    Under the agreement, the parties are to exchange information and provide mutual support for the benefit of their clients and also to promote economic growth in both Sri Lanka and France.  In addition, the MOU seeks to encourage each party to promote the image of the other country and support FDI from its nationals to the other country. Another clause of the MOU stipulates that the party will exert their influence for the promotion of commercial and industrial partnership between French and Sri Lankan companies. The MOU also includes a commitment for the provision of commercial information and for assisting each other in organising fairs, seminars and business missions and co-operation in areas such as publications and creating awareness on investment environment, policies and regulations.   Each party is to provide the other with available and relevant information on initiatives with the purpose of increasing business for French and Sri Lankan companies in each other’s markets.   Furthermore, periodically meetings will be organised whenever it is necessary to evaluate the development of joint activities or future co-operation between the parties.   It is also important to note that each party is responsible for its own costs of operation. The agreement will be in effect for a period of two years and would be automatically renewed unless notice is given by one of the parties. The MOU also covers intellectual property rights and the use of trademarks and logos of their signatories. There is also a mechanism for consultation between the signatories of the MOU. The MOU augurs well for future expansion of tourism, trade and investment from France to Sri Lanka.    

The French expertise in Cyber-Security

Sophie Canciani - 07-juin-2018 05:50:08

  The last past year, Cyber-security has become a world booming industry. India is no exception given the various security breaches during India’s ongoing digital transformation.   In this context, companies need strong expertise in Cybersecurity. Efficient IP and Systancia belong to one of the most dynamic and diversified ecosystems in Europe and the word.   The two French companies were present during the IT-SA India French Delegation in Mumbai from the 24th to 25th May 2018 as part of the France Cyber Security label which was launched recently to promote the French expertise in cybersecurity on a national and international level.    Efficient OP and Systancia are two innovative French companies that succeeded in the Indian Market where cyber security became more and more critical every day.   Efficient IP is one of the world’s fastest-growing DDI vendors. The company helps organisations drive business efficiency through agile, secure and reliable network infrastructures. They also control the risks and reduce the complexity of challenges many companies face with modern key IT initiatives such as cloud applications, virtualisation, and mobility.   Systancia is a recognised European Software vendor in virtualisation, security, and digital confidence, offering the next generation of application delivery infrastructure, focused on users and security: SBC and VDI, external access security, Privileged Access Management (PAM), SSO and identity and Access Management (IAM).   To showcase the French know-how, quality and the tenacity of cyber-security solutions and technology the French delegation will be present in October 2018 in Mumbai, Bangalore and Delhi. Your contact : Mr Jean-François Ambrosio Head of Tech & Services Business France jean-francois.ambrosio@businessfrance.fr  

Technique Solaire wins its second project in India of 20MW AC

Sophie Canciani - 25-mai-2018 08:27:22

After the first ground mounted solar project of 5 MW AC commissioned in March 2017 in the state of Uttarakhand, India, the Technique Solaire group continues its international growth by winning their second project in the state of Maharashtra, India. The construction of this solar photovoltaic power plant of a total capacity of 20 MW AC will take place in 2019.   This new success marks a new step into Technique Solaire’s development in India.   With an objective of 100 GW to be installed by 2022 and the creation of the International Solar Alliance (ISA) in partnership with France, the Indian government makes solar energy development a priority. Despite a very strong competitive environment for solar sector in India, this win indicates Technique Solaire’s ability to realize large-scale projects. With the projects won during the last tenders in France of the Commission de Régulation de l’Energie (CRE), the group now has a “pipeline” of 90 MWp solar photovoltaic projects to be built within the next 20 months. In addition, the group will launch the construction of its first Biogas injection plant in the second semester of 2018. In parallel, Technique Solaire continues to study new opportunities for the group in one or two other countries.

Indian investment proposals in France jump 73% in 2017

Sophie Canciani - 22-mai-2018 07:20:56

India recorded the biggest rise of 73 per cent in investment proposals into France among emerging economies in 2017, according to a report. In 2017, there were 19 Indian foreign investment projects in France, up 73 per cent over last year when there were 11 such projects, according to the report -- The 2017 Annual Report: Foreign investment in France - The international development of the French economy. "Among emerging economies, India recorded the biggest rise," the report noted. In total, France recorded as many as 1,298 foreign investment projects in 2017, with the US emerging as the top investor. The proposals rose by 16 per cent from 2016. European countries remained the leading sources of foreign investment in France. The largest increase in investment decisions was from the US (up 26 per cent), Switzerland (up 40 per cent), Canada (up 37 per cent), the Netherlands (up 47 per cent) and Sweden (up 76 per cent). Moreover, India was also among the key markets that drive French exports in Asia along with China and South Korea. The report further noted that Indian IT major Infosys has announced plans to move its business forward in France via a strategic partnership with CMA-CGM. Infosys will open a centre for development and innovation in Marseille (Provence-Alpes-Cte d’Azur region), leading to 80 jobs and setting the standard for Marseille as a hub of expertise. There are also plans to open a training centre at some point, it added. The report further noted that foreign companies invested primarily in production/manufacturing operations, with 343 investment decisions in 2017, creating 16,123 jobs. "The growing numbers of investment decisions in France, and the jobs they generate, highlight the renewed confidence that decision-makers now have in a country on the move," said Christophe Lecourtier, CEO of Business France. Business France is the national agency supporting the international development of the French economy, responsible for fostering export growth by French businesses, as well as promoting and facilitating international investment in France.   Source : Press Trust of India  

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Sophie Clavelier, Country Head   Welcome to the French Trade Commission Business France in India!     Our key mission is to promote trade relations between France and India. We assist French- based companies seeking potential partners and new markets in India, while helping Indian businesses to identify potential French suppliers, commercial and technical partners.   In India, our 4 offices are located in business hubs, New Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru and Chennai. We have a dedicated multicultural team of 38 experts in the following growing sectors: Agrofood Industry Industry and Cleantech Lifestyle and Healthcare Tech & Services Our Trade Commission also has a Press office in charge of helping French companies to communicate in India as well as a Market Access Department enabling them to better understand and adjust to the Indian regulatory and fiscal framework. In

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