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Interview Mr Kunal Kumar: India’s Smart Cities Mission, perspective for French companies

Aurélien Sostaponti - 31-mai-2019 07:10:45
BUSINESS FRANCE IN INDIA India’s Smart Cities Mission Perspectives for French companies on the occasion of Ambition India 2019 – Business France Replies by: Mr Kunal Kumar Joint Secretary (Mission Director – Smart Cities), Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA), Government of India Q1. Could you please provide a brief introduction of India’s Smart Cities Mission (SC Mission)? India’s Smart Cities Mission was launched by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi on June 25, 2015. The main objective is to promote cities that provide holistic and integrated infrastructure and a great quality of life to their citizens while maintaining a clean and sustainable environment. The focus is on sustainable and inclusive development and idea is to look at compact areas, create replicable models which will act like lighthouses to other aspiring cities. The process of selection of 100 smart cities was based on the principle of Cooperative and competitive federalism —all cities were given equal opportunity to enter through All India Challenge conducted in four rounds. The cities competed in a two-stage challenge process at the State and Central level. Key features of this process were Citizen Engagement and City Empowerment where cities were encouraged to decide their aspirations and execute them with support from Central and State Government. Integration, innovation and sustainability are guiding principles of the Smart Cities implemented through provision of integrated infrastructure and services, promoting circular economy and sustainable habitats, reimagining paradigms of governance and spurring innovation in delivery of solutions. Technology is one of the many instruments that smart cities are adopting to solve urban challenges. Inclusiveness is built into the mission to ensure that each and every citizen benefits from the urban transformation that is taking place in the smart cities. Each Smart City has formulated its own concept, vision, mission and plan (Smart City Proposal--SCP) which is appropriate to its local context, resources and level of ambition. Every SCP includes core-infrastructure elements such as assured water supply, electricity supply, sanitation and solid waste management, efficient mobility and public transport, affordable housing, safety and security, health and education. Smart Solutions in SCP include a bouquet of services that ensure that service delivery levels are achieved and measured, citizen services are seamlessly delivered, grievances are timely registered and resolved and safety is increased through video surveillance and monitoring. Q2. Please share some highlights of the progress of the Smart Cities Mission since its launch in 2016? Since the launch of the mission in June 2015, the work has progressed at a brisk pace. 100 cities were selected over a period spanning from January 2016 to June 2018. Post selection, each city has incorporated an SPV or Special Purpose Vehicle, with dedicated management and organisation structure to drive the project implementation and other initiatives of the mission. The SPV has appointed the project management consultant (PMC) that will support the SPV in planning, design and implementation of the projects. The projects can be broadly categorised into four themes : • Ease of Living - urban mobility, affordable housing, water and sanitation, safety and security, vibrant open spaces • Smart Governance – Integrated Command and Control Centres, Smart Card, Online Services, Intelligent Traffic Management System, Smart Poles • Connected Communities – Smart Education/ Classrooms, Skill Development, Public Art, Built Heritage • Urban Resilience – Solar and Wind Energy, Waste to Energy Plants, Green Buildings, Energy Management The 100 smart cities have proposed to execute 5 151 projects worth € 26.65 billion (INR 2 05 018 crores) in 5 years from their respective dates of selection. Financial innovation is built in the design of their capital investment plans. 64 % of the total projects i.e. 3492 projects, worth € 17.16 billion (INR 1 32 068 crore) have been tendered in SCM of which work orders have been issued in 41 % i.e. 2745 projects worth € 11.32 billion (INR 87 131 crore). 860 projects worth € 1.88 billion (INR 14 465 crore) have been completed. This is a significant increase in pace of implementation—289 % increase in tendered projects and 358 % in implementation/completed in last 16 months! Mission Cities have successfully expedited work on key projects which include: Integrated Command and Control Centers (ICCC) in 71 cities with operational in 16 cities; Smart streets projects in 69 cities; Smart Solar energy projects in 47 cities; Smart Water management projects in 67 cities; Smart Waste Water management projects in 56 cities. Projects are being executed through Public Private Partnerships in 61 cities. Q3. With regards to the Indo-French cooperation on Smart Cities, what views would you like to share? The relationship between India and France dates back to several decades and has been scaling heights in recent years. Indian Prime Minister paid a landmark visit to France from 09-12 April 2015. Former French President Hollande paid State visit to India during 24-26 January 2016 and was our chief guest for India’s Republic Day celebration. Our Prime Ministers have been meeting regularly on different platforms. The scale of cooperation between the two countries may be understood from the fact that almost 1000 French companies are present in India with a total turnover of more than € 17.8 billion (20 Billion USD). French companies have; the third largest FDI inflow, 25 R&D centres in India and employed around 300 000 people in India. On the other side, 120 Indian companies operating in France with an estimated investment stock of 1 billion Euros and employing around 7000 people. With regard to the Smart City Mission in India, France and India are collaborating on a very interesting project, City Investments to Innovate, Integrate and Sustain (CITIIS) Challenge. CITIIS was launched on 9th July 2018 by the Smart Cities Mission, Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs in partnership with Agence Française de Développement (AFD), European Union (EU) and National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA). The program, the total size of which was € 100 Million, was open to all the 100 smart cities During the Challenge process for selection of projects under CITIIS, 36 Smart cities submitted a total of 67 proposals belonging to various themes. Of these, 13 projects from 13 cities and 12 States were selected for award by a distinguished jury comprising of nine experts from India and France. MoUs have also been signed between AFD (French Development Agency) and UT of Chandigarh, Puducherry and State Government of Maharashtra for development of Chandigarh, Puducherry and Nagpur. (Support for preparation of SCPs and implementation of projects) As part of urban transport improvement initiatives in India, financial assistance to various Metro projects were provided by AFD such as Bangalore Metro (€100 million - Phase 1, € 200 million -Phase 2), Kochi Metro (€ 180 million) and Nagpur metro. With regard to technical collaboration, technical support was provided to various Metro projects such as signaling system in Bangalore Metro, telecommunication and power & traction in Kochi Metro etc. The two countries have been working together in several fields ranging from civil nuclear cooperation, defense, and space to cultural, scientific and technological areas, including cybersecurity and digital cooperation. I would like to see this cooperation grow in the areas of urban development and combating climate change. Q4. In terms of projects, kindly elaborate the type of projects for which international companies can be useful to India’s Smart Cities Mission. I would like to see international industry actively participating in India’s urban sector via one or more of the following three tracks: 1) Providing technical support/capacity building support to cities/design and execution professionals already working in India; 2) Undertaking projects design and implementation of projects through competitive bidding/consortium building; and 3) Bringing in investment to Indian projects. Some areas we would like their participation in are: • Smart energy systems, net zero cities/precincts • Urban design of complete streets Reviving local economies • Increase on disaster resilient cities and communities • Urban Mobility and Transit Oriented Development (TOD) • Design of cities promoting circular economy; water and waste management Design of accessible urban spaces for the old and the people with disabilities Q5. Could you help us understand what are and will be the different types of preferred tendering processes to be used for projects under the Smart Cities Mission? We do not prescribe any particular tendering process to be used for projects under the Smart Cities Mission. The smart city SPV has the authority to carry out the tendering process for all projects. The tendering process is often guided by the procurement rules prescribed by the state governments. The state governments have their own procurement rules, procurement manual and in some instances standard documents to be followed by the state agencies. The city SPV undertakes a project development phase for individual projects that includes preparation of the feasibility study and/or Detailed Project Report (DPR). The tendering of the projects is done after the approval of the feasibility study/DPR. The tenders are published widely to maximise participation. Most of the tenders are evaluated both on cost and quality; lifecycle costs are taken into consideration for long gestation projects. Level playing field is made available so that the best companies can participate. Their participation has been one of the highlights of the Mission. Not only the best Indian companies, but renowned international companies have participated and are successfully executing projects in various cities. Q6. Can you elaborate what is the emphasis given, under the SC Mission to 3 sectors: mobility (urban transportation), water-waste management and connectedness of services for citizens? The Smart City Mission in India is envisioned as an urban rejuvenation initiative encompassing holistic development of urban areas including, but not limiting to, smart command and control centre, smart roads, smart solar, smart waste water and smart water projects. The three sectors with regard to mobility (urban transportation), water-waste management and connectedness of services for citizens are an integral part of the Mission and have been central to its objectives.Mobility (urban transportation): Smart transportation leverages smart infrastructure that includes multi-modal connected conveyance, automated traffic signals, tolls and fare collection, data integration—incorporating weather and traffic data, linking emergency services data as well as information from government agencies— drives the system. A central command centre ties together the smart transportation ecosystem, with real-time and updated data, handling passenger information, traffic signals, incident management and vehicle health monitoring. Optimized ‘on-demand services’ ensure that citizens can use all modes of transport according to their needs. Shared mobility solutions help provide first and last mile connectivity in conjunction with public transportation, they can act as feeder services and improve access to metro/rail or bus services. We are aiming to make public transportation robust and accessible through multi-modal shared mobility, so that citizens can choose it for all their commuting needs be it travel for work, travel for daily needs or for leisure. This can help move people away from private vehicles, which can contribute to lowering congestion and pollution. Cities under the Mission, are using technology to develop such seamless and connected transportation systems. Technology driven smart public transportation offers more attractive, reliable, convenient and complete choice of mode to commute. This reduces dependency on cars, arrests urban sprawl, and enables city authorities to develop compact cities with more focus on moving people rather moving cars. Lesser cars on roads will also reduce city’s air pollution levels. Moreover, with the continuous advancement in development of electric vehicles, smart transportation is destined to transform cities to zero emission mobility smart cities. In the Mission cities till date, total of 734 smart transportation projects worth € 3.64 billion (INR 28000 crore) are under implementation/completed. Electric mobility projects worth € 0.08 billion (INR 601 crore) are under implementation/completed in 21 cities. Public transport operations and traffic management are integral part of all ICCC enabled cities. Smart streets worth € 0.67 billion (INR 5146 crore) are under implementation/completed in 35 cities. I would like to mention that this is just the tip of the iceberg and many more such projects are being conceived across the country as I pen this down. Water and Waste Management: Under Smart Cities Mission various initiatives are undertaken for improving water systems in smart cities. These projects include installation of smart water meters, providing house service connections, upgradation of water supply systems, interlinking of water network data with SCADA system etc. The aim is to upgrade the existing water supply systems to 24X7 water supply systems. A total of 315 projects with estimated cost € 2.96 billion (INR 22 817 crore) are at various stages of implementation across the Mission. Of these, 35 projects worth € 0.16 billion (INR 1218 crore) have been completed, 126 projects worth € 1.32 billion (INR 10 119 crore) are under implementation and 45 projects worth € 0.57 billion (INR 4391 crore) are under tendering stage. Several initiatives with regard to waste management are also being implemented under this mission. These projects include waste to energy plants, waste to compost plants, waste water treatment plants, recycling and reduction of construction and demolition waste etc. A total of 323 waste management projects with estimated cost € 1.96 billion (INR 15 116 crore) are at various stages of implementation across the Mission. Of these, 90 projects worth € 0.19 billion (INR 1456 crore) have been completed, 177 projects worth € 1.32 billion (INR 10 182 crore) are under implementation and the rest 56 projects worth € 0.45 billion (INR 3478 crore) are under tendering stage. Regarding waste to energy plant, a total of 18 projects worth € 0.31 billion (INR 2401 crore) in 17 smart cities are at various stages of implementation. Of these, 4 projects worth € 0.026 billion (INR 202 crore) have been completed, 6 projects worth € 0.23 billion (INR 1790 crore) are under implementation and 2 projects worth € 0.043 billion (INR 338 crore) are under tendering stage. As mentioned in the case of mobility, there are many more projects than the ones which have found mention here, and hence the amount of work that remains to be taken up is clearly very large. Connectedness of Services for Citizens: Smart Cities leverage ICT based technologies and digitalisation to make governance citizen-friendly and cost effective, bring about accountability and transparency, provide services without having to go to municipal offices, form e-groups to listen to people and obtain feedback, and use online monitoring of programs and activities with the aid of online tools. In line with this, Integrated Command and Control Centres (ICCC) are being built by many smart cities to help cities in better urban planning and management. ICCCs function as single source of information and point of resolution of the civic functions of the city. They are bringing transparency through information sharing, a step towards becoming an inclusive city. Some of the ways an ICCC will impact citizens’ lives are: • Improved decision making for (local and other levels of) governments • Improved environmental sustainability and climate change outcomes. • Improved quality of services to citizens • Safety of citizens • Making cities more inclusive A total 71 out of 100 smart cities have started work on ICCC as one of its projects under the Mission. Till date, 16 Smart Cities have operationalised ICCCs worth € 0.38 billion (INR 2927 crore), work is in progress in another 44 cities worth € 0.54 billion (INR 4170 crore) and remaining 11 cities have their projects under tendering. Q7. Regarding the finances of the projects under the SC Mission, what is the extent of the available government funding and to what extent is the PPP and the private funding expected? The Mission encompasses 100 cities which have proposed to execute 5151 projects worth € 26.65 billion (INR 2 05 018 crores) in 5 years from their respective dates of selection. innovation is built in the design of their capital investment plans. The distribution of funding envisaged from different sources is as follows: • Central and State government: € 12.16 billion (INR 93 553 crore) (45%), • Convergence : € 5.46 billion (INR 42,028 crore) (21%), • Funds from PPP : € 5.33 billion (INR 41,022 crore) (21%), • Loans/Debt : € 1.27 billion (INR 9,843 crore) (4%), • Own sources : € 0.34 billion (INR 2,644 crore) (1%), Other sources: € 2.07 billion (INR 15 930 crore) (8%). Q8. Several foreign investors have remarked that most ULBs are not financially selfsustainable and tariff levels fixed by the ULBs for providing services often do not mirror the cost of supplying the same. Could you please share your opinion in this regard with us? I ascribe to the idea of ‘Think Global, Act Local’. While most development takes place at city level, they have to be mindful of the impact of their actions on the planet. To achieve that we must empower our cities to not only act but also think, analyse and take decisions. Having said that, cities need to become autonomous in terms of meeting their financial and other resource needs for infrastructure development, and day to day management. Lack of adequate infrastructure adversely affects a city’s ability to attract investment, and hence economic sustainability. Most of the ULBs lack in mobilization of resources and financial autonomy. The total revenues of all Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) in India merely amounts to about 1% of India’s GDP. The resource base of ULBs typically consists of their own sources, state revenue, government grant, loans from state governments, and market borrowings. They are sometimes not aware of the opportunities and avenues of generating revenues through taxes and non-tax charges. Even if they are aware, they do not have the skill to optimize tax collection. ULBs in India, therefore, have a minimal revenue base and largely dependent on Central and State grants, which constrains the ability of ULBs to invest adequately in capital expenditure like creating infrastructure and, thereby, improve quality of life in the city. Strengthening capacities of ULBs is necessary for effective resource mobilization. Their financial capacity is often restricted not only by low tax base but also low capacity for mobilization of existing resources, as result of which the ULBs are not able to harness property tax as per their potential due to undervaluation; non-availability of database of properties; low rates; low collection efficiency and lack of indexation of property values. We do realise financial self-sufficiency of the ULBs is an absolute must. Steps are being taken at all levels to empower ULBs to become self-sufficient. While the Constitution of India envisaged a two-tier system of federation, the 74th Constitutional Amendment Act, 1992 added third tier of government viz. urban local bodies. The amendment aimed at devolution of functions, finances and functionaries to ULBs. We, at the Ministry encourage cities to raise funds through municipal bonds, review of property tax system to improve efficiency and transparency in collection and mobilization of resources. Only in the last couple of years we have started to see a renewed vigour from Indian cities in raising money from the market through the instrument of Muni bonds. Several new initiatives for financial innovation are also being attempted and are showing encouraging signs of transformation. We are working on Capacity building of local government leaders such as Commissioners in : • financial management, preparation of financial statements for increased efficiency • improving the quality of service delivery which is the cornerstone for effective and sustainable urbanisation • exploring innovative/alternative sources of revenue generation at the municipalities level such as PPP, Municipal bonds, venture capital financing, crowd source financing, entertainment tax, mobile towers, user charges for solid waste, water, parking, value capture financing, etc. • enhancing citizen participation, e-governance tools like on-line procurement, tenders, and online expenditure reports. I am sure with all the efforts Government is making in this direction, local governments will soon be in a better position than they were a few years ago.

#WEF: an enabler for enhanced Indo-French cooperation in electronics & IOT

Purva Marwaha - 29-juin-2017 11:37:40
#WEF: an enabler for enhanced Indo-French cooperation in electronics & IOT The World Electronics Forum (WEF) is a voluntary gathering of CEOs and Directors of electronics industry associations worldwide who meet annually to discuss major topics of common interest, exchange information on services and data and strengthen relations between associations for the benefit of their industries.   The WEF brings together almost 200 high level decision makers of electronics industry associations from many different countries such as the USA, India, China, Japan, Australia, etc. to discuss economic growth, talk about the future and do business together.   The World Electronic Forum (WEF), the annual event which took place in 2016 in Singapore, will be held this year in the city of Angers, French electronics capital from the 24th to 28th October 2017 , this Western Region of France has the greatest concentration of electronics manufacturing facilities & represents 50,000 or one fourth of jobs. This edition of WEF will be the occasion to reflect on what kind of Industry 4.0 , one should build and the Smart usages that will be set.   WEF will be an important platform to exchange ideas, accelerate startups interested in #IoT and #Manufacturing, in the form of the ecosystem of Angers French Tech and to create an IoT City or a City of Smart Devices.   To promote this 22nd edition of WEF in India, Mr. Christophe Béchu - Hon’ble mayor of Angers, Senator, President of Angers French Tech and WEF 2017 President along with Prof. NK Goyal – President of CMAI Association of India, held a press conference at the residency of the French Ambassador in New Delhi on 26th of June 2017.     “The whole city works to put together a memorable event, aware of its importance. It will give Angers a chance to showcase its position as the original electronics production center of Europe, thanks to the massive media coverage involved, along with the core of the world electronics industry’s presence. WEF 2017 is a scope for economic development and encourages us to surpass ourselves.” says Mr. Béchu, Hon’ble Mayor of Angers, Senator, President of Angers French Tech and WEF 2017 President.                                                                                                                    France is the leading producer of radar, navigation and defence electronics and these activities account for 25% of the total output of the industry, French expertise is also evident in the area of robotics, data analysis, artificial intelligence, R&D intensive activities in electronics & in the start up space.   The electronic industry (products & components) market in India is estimated at around 75 billion USD. The sector will be boosted by the government program "Make in India", the objectives of offsets imposed in sectors such as defense and aeronautics, to fiscal and structural incentives (Electronics Manufacturing Clusters, M-SIPS, etc.) to attract foreign direct investment into the country and to reduce India’s large trade deficit in electronic products and components large investments have been announced by the government.   Several major programs launched are expected to boost consumption of electronic products: The Digital India campaign (16 billion USD investment), the ’100 Smart Cities’ program (US $ 14 billion in 5-year government subsidies) E-Governance initiatives (Aadhaar, Cloud, mobile apps, etc.), "Ultra Mega Solar Power" projects (85 billion USD invested by 2022), offsets programs in the Defense and Aeronautics, the National Knowledge Network, etc.   There is already a significant presence of French companies in India in electronics related to Defence, Aeronautics & Aerospace. In June 2016, the Bangalore based Indian company Centum Electronics acquired French company Adetel Group specializing in design, development and industrialization of embedded electronic systems for defence, aerospace, industrial, transportation, medical and energy sectors. Centum Electronics holds 51% percent controlling stake in Adetel Group and is a good example of perfect synergies between the Indian & French companies to ensure value creation for customers.   Thalès, Gemalto, Safran, Famoco, STMicroelectronics & Dassault Systems are the big players working with Indian & French SMEs & the Indian government to actively contribute to the “Make In India” campaign.   The WEF delegation had come to India with the objective of strengthening reciprocal awareness between French and Indian ecosystems, and to promote France along with Angers as the original electronics center of Europe.     About the World Electronics Forum: The World Electronics Forum (WEF) is an annual event which takes place in a different city every year. The last edition took place in 2016 in Singapore. The 22nd edition will take place in Angers, France, the capital of electronics, from the 25th to 28th October 2017. Angers region is a “French Tech ecosystem” in electronics, IOT’s, connected objects. The WEF brings together between 100 and 200 high-level decision makers in the electronics industry to discuss economic growth, talk about the future and do business together from many different countries; India, USA, Singapore, China, Japan, Australia. In order to mark the occasion of this WEF, a special week dedicated to IoT will be organized in the Angers metropolitan area. This exceptional event gathering Angers-based electronics companies, and investors and CEOs from the world’s largest companies will hopefully be a catalyst to create business links and interesting opportunities. About Angers French Tech: Angers is the original electronics production center of Europe, and has developed its French Tech value proposition along two main strands: growth of industry and link with the electronics sector in the West. With the endorsement of its ecosystem in June 2015, Angers French Tech has consolidated its status as the #IoT and #Manufacturing hub of western France. By offering a space where startups can operate alongside electronics manufacturers, the region can implement and accelerate innovative projects by companies of all size, from startups to major corporations. For further information, please visit: www.angersfrenchtech.com . About 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. It promotes France’s companies, business image and nationwide attractiveness as an investment location, and also runs the V.I.E international internship program. Business France has 1,500 personnel, both in France and in 70 countries throughout the world, who work with a network of public- and private-sector partners. For further information, please visit: www.businessfrance.fr and youbuyfrance.com.in .   If you want to learn more about the next edition of the World Electronic Forum 2017 – City of Angers, France -  from the 24 th to the 28 th October 2017 wef-angers.com   Press contact: Ms. Purva Marwaha, Business France, French Trade & Investment Commission in India Trade Officer. Tel: 011 4319 6306 / @: purva.marwaha@businessfrance.fr   Angers French Tech contact: Ms. Corine Busson-Benhammou, Angers French Tech & WEF 2017 International Relations and Communication Director. / @: corine.busson-benhammou@angersfrenchtech.com  

Successful seminar on « Innovated and integrated engineering solution for sustainable infrastructure»

Julian HOARAU - 24-nov.-2016 11:39:17
On Thursday, November 10th, a seminar followed by a networking cocktail was held in the presence of H.E. Alexandre Z IEGLER , French Ambassador to India, on the theme of « Innovative and integrated engineering solutions for sustainable infrastructure ».     This event, co-organized by Terre Armée at the residence of France, New Delhi, shaped an Indo-French discussion on sustainable infrastructure projects in India, notably as part of the “Smart Cities” & "Make in India" campaign. The event was attended by the senior government officials from National Road Authority of India, Ministry of Railways, Central Water Commission, the decision makers & technical representatives of leading construction companies and also the French business community.   Mr. Anand KUMAR, Managing Director of National Highways and Infrastructure Development Corporation – NHIDCL highlights it « By 2020, NHDCIL will carry out more than 134 projects in northeastern India, representing the construction or upgrading of more than 8,000 km of highways. To achieve this goal and to preserve the environmental impact of these projects, it is necessary to adopt new engineering and construction techniques. This requires an awareness of all the stakeholders: federal and local authorities, private and public companies, etc . »  

V.I.E contract in India corresponds to the needs of exporters and is now more flexible

Purva Marwaha - 13-mai-2016 13:00:43
V.I.E contract in India corresponds to the needs of exporters and is now more flexible Extended to two years from January 2016, the maximum duration of contracts are now perfectly suited to the requirements of the Indian market. It’s official: the annual quota of V.I.E (International French Volunteership) in India has increased to 250 (against 50 previously) and the maximum length of stay extended to two years (instead of one year). Announced in Paris in April 2015 during the visit of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the new terms were approved after the state visit of François Hollande in January 2016 and are now effective. According to Thibaut Fabre, Director of Business France India, it is an opportunity to grab for the French companies: "It is now very easy to use this beneficial device that combines all the assets to succeed in India: a flexible HR formula, competitive and that can rely on highly qualified profiles. An Indian market where the business environment requires a long-term investment, V.I.E becomes one of the most appropriate tools to put its commercial development over time. " India’s thriving economy This relaxation takes place in a conducive environment: seventh world economy, becoming the most populous country in the world (2025), India has the highest rate of growth of the BRICS: + 7.5% are expected in 2016, according to IMF data. "More than ever, this country-continent becomes a land of conquest for French companies. It is all the more attractive and is positioning itself as a platform to export in Asia and beyond, "says Thibaut Fabre. Talented, creative and autonomous The profiles of the most sought V.I.E are those young graduates specializing in engineering, finance, project management, implementation of quality policy or commercial development. "Candidates should also know exercise of autonomy, creativity and a strong ability to adapt. It is crucial for success in this unique market overseas export, "says Thibaut Fabre. This program, better known by the companies also allows them to sustain their presence after a first commercial success. The young graduate is both a local support and a gateway to the headquarters, said Business France. This is what motivated the engine manufacturer Leroy Somer. For Leroy Somer, the V.I.Es are a nursery of talent involved in international development: "The V.I.E allows better communication with our factories in France. They provide the relay with local teams and help us to realize the projects we could sometimes not start without them. " If the company does not have its own offices yet, the V.I.E may receive a direct debit via ad hoc platforms, such as the Chamber of Commerce Franco-Indian. These accommodations make life easier for the company and is an asset for French SMEs in their efforts to export.   Six key areas to target the Indian market - Sustainable development: renewable energy, smart cities, waste treatment, ... - Health: hospitals, modernization of equipment, access to care ... - Automotive: reminder, India is the 6th world producer of cars - Food: equipment, packaging, storage, ... - Consumer goods: textiles, leather goods, luxury ... - Internet and digital e-commerce, Internet of Things, solutions and services on the internet and mobile telephony, FinTech, RetailTech, e-Health: a rapidly growing sector, ...

Creative France Enhances India’s Smart City Agenda

Purva Marwaha - 11-mai-2016 11:11:31
With an aim to establish a lasting, positive dialogue with  India  about ’ France Inc .’ and its ability to innovate, Business France, the agency for international development of the French economy, hosted the  France India Business Summit.  The event, organised as part of the on-going Creative France campaign, showcased the work of some of  France’s  top technology companies and start-ups who aim to revolutionize smart city planning and sustainable development in  India . These technologies range from urban planning, architecture, waste management, water supply, transport planning and operation to IoT solutions and more. Addressing a gathering comprising of  India’s  top brass and captains of Indian industry,  Dominique Frachon , Director Invest Business France India,  said, "Indo-French Business Summit served as a platform to showcase, through Creative France, the whole French creative ecosystem and their recognised expertise in the urban development sector. With our multi-disciplinary approach, we aim to provide holistic solutions to help  India  achieve its smart cities vision." Some of the biggest technology names, SME’s and public authorities in  France  including IAU Paris Regional Planning Agency, CEA Tech, and Dassaut Systemes presented their expertise and innovative solutions in the context of the tremendous dynamism of the Indian urban infrastructure sector and the unparalleled challenges that Indian urban territories are currently facing. Such interactions between French solution providers and their potential Indian partners and end-users are aimed at determining the necessity of French solutions to tackle the challenges faced by Indian cities as they gear up to go ’ smart ’. Jagan Shah , Director National Institute of Urban Affairs,  said, "The collaboration with the French institutes and agencies will be very beneficial to  India’s  smart city mission because  France  is a world leader in innovative research and development on urban planning and development. For example,  France  has developed innovative ways to capture urban land value and the French people have been the beneficiaries because their cities have become more financially self-sufficient, thereby improving local quality of life.  France  can also help with institutional collaborations that result in skill development, new solutions and the productive use of advanced technology for smart cities project. The areas of urban and regional planning, and incubation of appropriate technologies should also be explored."

‘Créative France’ campaign launched in India

Purva Marwaha - 29-janv.-2016 06:58:12
The Créative France campaign has been launched in India on the occasion of the State visit of French President François Hollande in the country as the Chief Guest for India’s 67th Republic Day. This ambitious global campaign shows what makes France, the world’s sixth largest economy by GDP, a unique destination for FDI. Indeed, in the India-France joint statement, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and President François Hollande “equally highlighted the attractiveness of France for Indian investors, especially in terms of leveraging French technological expertise and competencies." Prime Minister Modi underscored, “France’s greatest strength is innovation”.                                    Initiated by the French government and executed by Business France, the agency for international development of the French economy, the Creative France campaign has selected ten priority countries, including India, based on their potential for trade and investment. India and France share a mutual fascination for culture, fashion and art and in the past several decades this relationship has deepened and broadened across a range of industrial fields ranging from aerospace and robotics to high-tech materials. France is the 3rd largest foreign investor in India, with an estimated investment stock of around $20bn, which has contributed to creating around 3 lakhs skilled jobs in the country. Muriel Pénicaud, the French Ambassador for International Investment and Managing Director of Business France, remarked on the occasion, “There is an exceptional momentum between France and India. We urge French companies established in India to join the Creative France movement to promote French innovation as well as to contribute to the success of Make in India.” France has some tremendous assets that help create an environment conducive to receiving foreign investments. In this respect, France provides outstanding competitive advantages: -France is located at the heart of a 500-million consumer market, with more than 65 million consumers in France alone – the second largest in Europe. -On a weekly average, 19 new companies choose France for new investments -Thirty-one French companies rank among the world’s top 500. -France is the world’s leading destination for foreign tourists, with an excellent quality of life. -France boasts efficient public services and world-class infrastructure. -France has a powerful industrial base -France offers a diversified technological base and a highly skilled and productive workforce. -France has a vibrant start-up ecosystem -France’s universities and research institutes are renowned for their quest for excellence -France’s legislative framework is designed to provide a strong boost to R&D operations, including France’s research tax credit and the Bpifrance Innovation Fund -France has one of Europe’s most dynamic demographics, reflecting the country’s confidence in the future. In the upcoming months, Créative France will showcase the variety of France’s innovations through specific events organised in India in various domains, such as Smart Cities, renewable energy, IT, start-ups and healthcare. More on Créative France is available in the digital press folder: epresspack.net/creative-france on the campaign website: creative.businessfrance.fr The France Attractiveness Scoreboard is available at: http://sayouitofrance-innovation.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/1_UK.pdf Follow us on Twitter: #CreativeFrance

Indo-French Seminar: Towards Smart and Sustainable Cities

Purva Marwaha - 06-nov.-2015 10:41:17
Indo-French seminar, “Towards Smart and Sustainable Cities”, on 4th November 2015, a collaborative effort of the Embassy of France in India, the Indian Ministry of Urban Development (MoUD), and the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI).   For the inagural session, Shri Durga Shanker Mishra, additional secretary, Ministry of Urban Development, Govt. of India, Dr Jyotsna Suri, President of FICCI, and Ambassador François Richier were present. The seminar brought together Indian urban development stakeholders to help prepare roadmaps for the implementation of the MoUD’s Smart Cities Mission in their cities/regions. It included discussions on practical solutions to the challenges of modern urban development.  The three focus areas of this seminar were: governance of smart cities, sustainable technological solutions to the challenges of modern urban development, and integration of existing infrastructure in smart city plans. The French side was represented by a high-level delegation, including representatives of the French Ministry of Urban Development and officials of the administrations of the French cities of Bordeaux and Lyon with proven successful experience in smart city projects.
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