Purva Marwaha - 03-juin-2016 12:31:35
  FRENCH TRANSPORTATION OFFICIALS IN INDIA TO STRENGTHEN TIES  AND COLLABORATION WITH INDIAN STAKEHOLDERS    An official delegation INCLUDING French members of parliament and TOP MANAGEMENT FROM SNCF (French Railways) VISITED Delhi’s metro and heavy rail operations on June 2 and 3. several meetings were held with senior indian executives TO EXAMINE best practices IN the fields of URBAN MOBILITY AND RAILWAY STATION moderniZation.   The delegation’s programme included sessions with officials from DMRC, Indian Railways, Shri Suresh Prabhu, Union Minister for Railways, and the Indian Parliament’s Committee on Railways. The French MPs awarded the French Senate’s Medal of Honour to these Indian transport companies. The delegation also visited Delhi’s state-of-the-art metro system and NDLS train station.   INDO-FRENCH SEMINAR An Indo-French Seminar on Sustainable Mobility took place on Friday, June 3 in New Delhi, with keynote speakers from both countries sharing expertise in urban mobility, mass transit and station modernization. These experts addressed ways of improving public transport in Indian cities, citing governance and business models, intermodality and station upgrades.   Addressing the audience at the Indo-French Seminar on Sustainable Mobility, Mr. Diego Diaz, SNCF International Director, said: “We share with our friends at Indian Railways the same passion for improving people mobility. We are impressed by the speed of innovation in India and by the many projects taking shape in the country.”   Speaking on the development of urban mobility, Mr. Bernard Tabary, CEO International at SNCF’s urban transportation subsidiary Keolis, said: “With six metro systems already operating, eleven under construction and forty more planned, India is fast enhancing the attractiveness and liveability of its cities. The combination of Indian innovation and longstanding French expertise in mass transit experience can deliver value by adding features to some of these projects.”       Prof. S.Prakash, TERI University, emphasized the need for greater cooperation particularly in areas of providing seamless mobility across the different transport modes. « There should be also a collaborative effort for devising IT enabled techniques for metro and other public transport systems that encourages introduction of a single ticket across different transport modes in metropolitan cities » he added.   SNCF Group in India SNCF has been operating in India for several years now and boasts a strong presence in the country, with over 1,700 employees at its subsidiaries Systra and Geodis, and, more recently, AREP and Keolis.   Keolis will soon be running Hyderabad’s future elevated railway (with 71 km of track). In 2012, the concessionaire, Larsen & Toubro, India’s leading engineering and construction firm, awarded Keolis the operations and maintenance (O&M) agreement for this PPP metro network, the world’s largest to date.    Systra has been engaged for several years in engineering and/or project management work on various phases of metro projects in Delhi, Ahmedabad, Mumbai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Lucknow, Kolkata and Nagpur. In 2009, Systra conducted a feasibility study for the Pune-Mumbai-Ahmedabad high-speed rail (HSR) corridor. Systra has now completed the pre-feasibility study for the Delhi-Chandigarh-Amritsar HSR corridor (450 km) and at the end of 2015 started a pre-feasibility study for the Mumbai-Chennai HSR corridor. Systra is also involved with engineering and construction supervision on several hundred kilometers of Indian Railways’ Dedicated Freight Corridors. In 2014, the company acquired SAI, based in Ahmedabad, an engineering consultancy firm specialized in transport , with a particular focus on project management and construction supervision.   Geodis Wilson provides transport and logistics services to clients in India through a nationwide network of offices (with 3 00 employees).    In January 2016 , SNCF teamed up with Indian Railways (IR) to study renovation of two stations between New Delhi and Chandigarh, in the second phase of the Protocol on Cooperation signed by the two rail companies in April 2015. Under that Protocol, SNCF and Indian Railways entered into a preliminary agreement in December 2015 to carry out the feasibility of upgrading the Delhi-Chandigarh passenger line to accommodate semi-high-speed trains.                  

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.

French expertise in smartcards to be showcased at SmartCards Expo 2014 (14th to 17th October)

Thomas Ilhe - 10-oct.-2014 11:49:50
The French Trade Commission UBIFRANCE in India, in association with key French partners and Indian stakeholders, will be organising for the 4 th consecutive year- a French Pavilion at SmartCards Expo 2014 , held from the 15 th to the 17 th of October in New Delhi.   The French Pavilion will bring together leading companies from the French AIDC (Automatic Identification and Data Capture) and Secure Technologies industries to showcase their technologies and solutions and evaluate business opportunities in the Indian market during SmartCards Expo 2014, the leading event in India on technologies, solutions and services related to smartcards, biometrics etc. Around 800 French companies operate in the field of digital trust with around 100 solution editors, 100 equipment manufacturers and around 600 services companies. Among those, the biggest of those enterprises are worldwide leaders in chips and smartcards, ID management and biometrics, eGovernance, home security and payments; with SMEs pioneering in core technologies and niche markets. This sector also differentiates itself by its very high level of technology, with an average of 15% of revenues on digital trust re-invested in R&D by French enterprises (with even higher figures among equipment manufacturers and solution editors). especially in the field of AIDC (Automatic Identification and Data Capture) through the implementation of strategic national projects making use of identification and secure technologies (Aadhaar, RSBY, MGNREGA, e-Driving licenses...) and the development of very innovative projects and concepts to tackle for instance financial inclusion (PMJDY…) and promotion of non-cash payment modes (Rupay Card…). A large number of initiatives have been undertaken by various State Governments and Central Ministries to usher in an era of eGovernance. In order to promote eGovernance in a holistic manner, various policy initiatives and projects have been undertaken to develop core and support infrastructure.   As such, the AIDC (Automatic Identification and Data Capture) market in India has, for instance, grown from USD 581 million in 2010 to close to USD 1 billion in 2012 and nearly USD 1.3 billion in 2014 at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 22.37 percent according to Frost & Sullivan. Of the AIDC technologies, smartcards take the lions’ share with 2010 revenues pegged at USD 510 million and reaching USD 903 million in 2014, but biometrics and RFID/NFC are being expected to capture a larger share of the AIDC market in the near future.   *      *      *      *      *   Considering the relevance and rising importance of such technologies and solutions in today’s world, the French Pavilion at the SmartCards Expo 2014 on the 15th to 17th of October will gather 5 renowned companies [1] offering avant-garde applications in the fields of smartcards, biometrics, eGovernance, secure e/m-Payments and secure documents: GEMALTO, NBS TECHNOLOGIES, OBERTHUR TECHNOLOGIES, SMARTWARE and SPS RELIABLE TECHNOLOGY . The main objective of these French companies is to present and promote their latest technological developments in their area of expertise while working out partnerships with key Indian stakeholders and industry players. The mission of this trade delegation will start on the 14th of October in New Delhi with an Indo-French Seminar on e-Governance, Secure Transactions and Digital Identification and Security which will include presentations of key Indian stakeholders -both from the Indian digital trust industry and public agencies- addressing the status of digital trust in India and the advancement of the most significant initiatives taken by the Government of India in the fields of secured identifications, eGovernance and payment systems. Their round of presentations will be followed by a session dealing with latest technological developments in those fields and their opportunities for future.   [1] Please find the description of these companies in the appendix below   About UBIFRANCE and the French Trade Commission UBIFRANCE in India: UBIFRANCE is the French agency for international business development, a key public partner in export for French companies. Its complete range of services includes providing information (on markets, legal, regulatory, international financing, calls to tender, sector watch), export consulting, sales actions (prospecting missions, partnership meetings, trade events abroad, communication in the international press, etc.). To support French companies of all sizes and all sectors in their development on foreign markets, UBIFRANCE mobilises the expertise of 1,400 persons in France (Paris and Marseille) and in 70 other countries through its French Trade Commissions UBIFRANCE and a network of Press Offices. The French Trade Commission UBIFRANCE in India has 4 offices located in the business hubs of New Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru and Chennai, with a total dedicated multicultural team of over 30 experts. UBIFRANCE’s know-how and experience are globally recognized with a worldwide network of 80 Trade Commissions.   For further information, please contact: Ms. Karishma WANVARI Trade Officer New Technologies - Innovation - Services Department French Trade Commission UBIFRANCE in India Consulate General of France, Mumbai Tel.: +91 (0)22 66 69 40 87              Email:   Press contact:                                                                   Mr. Thomas ILHE Press Officer French Trade Commission UBIFRANCE in India Embassy of France, New Delhi Tel.: + 91 (0)11 43 19 63 03 Email: APPENDIX: Company profiles of the participants at the French Pavilion on SmartCards Expo 2014 Gemalto is the world leader in digital security with 2013 annual revenues of €2.4 billion and more than 12,000 employees with 85 offices and 25 R&D centers, in 44 countries including India. Gemalto delivers on the expanding needs of consumers worldwide for personal mobile services, payment security, authenticated cloud access, identity and privacy protection, eHealthcare and eGovernment efficiency, convenient ticketing and dependable machine-to-machine (M2M) applications. They develop secure embedded software and secure products which they also design and personalize. Their platforms and services manage these products, the confidential data they contain and the trusted end-user services made possible.                                                                                                                                                                                 For more information please visit:   For nearly 40 years, NBS Technologies has remained a leading provider of equipment & software for card personalization, EMV compliance/migration, smartcard manufacturing and semiconductor handling equipments. NBS TECHNOLOGIES not only provides equipments but also customized solutions that address all types of card personalization requirements. Their solutions and products address the requirements of a range markets worldwide: Financial EMV/chip card, TSM, GSM/Telecom, Government / Secure ID, Healthcare/Insurance, and corporate markets. Their portfolio allows them to offer a truly tailored solution that will meet your specific needs. Whether your needs are high-volume card issuance or instant card issuance NBS Technologies is your total card solution.                                                                                                     For more information please visit:   A world leader in digital security solutions for the mobility space, Oberthur Technologies has always been at the heart of mobility, from the first smart cards to the latest contactless payment technologies, which equip millions of smartphones. Oberthur Technologies employs over 6,000 employees worldwide, including 600 R&D people. With more than 50 sales offices across 5 continents and 10 facilities including in India, Oberthur Technologies’ international network serves clients in 140 countries. Present in the Payment, Telecommunications and Identity markets, they offer end-to-end solutions in the smart transactions, mobile financial services, M2M, digital identity and transport & access control fields.                                                                                                                                              For more information please visit:   Since 1986, Smartware has been a key actor in the business of personalization and testing of contact/contactless secure elements (smartcard, NFC microSD, M2M). Smartware is committed to supporting smartcard production leaders and smartcard equipment manufacturers for the development of their needs, whether technological, industrial, or geographical. 65% of the worldwide SIM cards are personalized with Smartware’s couplers. Smartware offers its solutions for manufacturers in the Finance, Telecom, eGovernance & M2M sectors.                                                                                                                                                             For more information please visit:                                                                                                                                         SPS is a world leader in reliable technologies involving contactless and dual interface smart cards, and a leading provider of high-quality inlays for e-Passports.   SPS has developed a unique process based on the electromagnetic coupling between the antenna and the micro-module. This process represents a technological breakthrough in the sector of contactless products. Focused on high end products, SPS’s solutions are dedicated to two specific markets namely e-Identity and contactless payment. SPS’s technology is used in sectors viz. Identity, Banking & Transportation.                                                                                          For more information please visit:


Nathalie OSTERNAUD - 03-avr.-2013 12:28:44
  The French Trade Commission-Ubifrance & UCMTF (French Textile Machinery Manufacturers’ Association) organized , under the patronage of Embassy of France in India and Office of the Textile Commissioner, Ministry of Textiles, Govt. of India, an Indo-French Seminar on Textiles & Technical Textiles Machinery on 19th March at New Delhi and 22nd March at Surat.   9 French textile machinery companies (AESA, CALLEBAUT de BLICQUY, DOLLFUS& MULLER, LAROCHE, N. SCHLUMBERGER, ROUSSELET, STÄUBLI, SUPERBA, VERDOl), leader in their sectors, participated in this event which was a big success. More than 100 Indian companies attended this event at Delhi and 200 companies attended the event in Surat. The seminar was inaugurated by H.E. Mr François Richier, Ambassador of France in India.Mr AB Joshi, Textile Commissioner graced the occasion at Surat. A study by Technopak was also released at this occasion. The French delegation also visited the ATIRA centre at Ahmedabad.  
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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