More than 25 events have been scheduled for 2013 in India !

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India’s national solar mission back on track

Banani Ghosh - 29-juil.-2014 06:40:53

The Indian government has issued guidelines for the installation of up to 1.5 GW of solar power plants -- the largest tender issued so far -- as part of the second phase of the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM). In addition, the government has tapped state-owned company NTPC Vidyut Vyapar Nigam (NVVN) – the trading arm of the state-owned electricity giant NTPC -- to accelerate the solar rollout and help meet the targets set by the solar mission. India’s government is aiming to achieve grid parity by 2017, earlier than the original target of 2022.   The new tender process is expected to begin by the end of August. The mission has set a goal of 20 GW of grid-connected solar power capacity by 2022 in three phases (1000 MW in the first phase up to 2012-13; 9000 MW in the second phase from 2013 to 2017; and 10,000 MW in the third phase from 2017 to 2022).

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Egis in India has bagged a major contract in Rajasthan

Banani GHOSH - 25-juil.-2014 08:30:40

The work on the future drinking water conveyance network in three districts within Rajasthan has begun and the project is initiated by the French company Egis. This project involves work costing more than a billion euros and affecting nearly 15 million people. The challenge is to complete the work for the future supply of drinking water in the 3 districts of Rajasthan within 4 years. This makes it a tight schedule and entails providing significant resources for the contract. The group assignments provide for the construction of 13 water treatment plants, 610 drinking water reservoirs and 20,900 km of transfer and distribution networks. Egis carries out supervision of the works and quality control.

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Indo-French buyer & seller meet for the fashion industry in Delhi & Mumbai in November 2014

Céline LEBLANC - 25-juil.-2014 06:19:02

Interested in a tie-up with a French Fashion Brand? – Come & Meet the Representatives of French Fashion UBIFRANCE-french trade commission in india is organizing an INDO-FRENCH BUYER & SELLER MEET at Delhi & Mumbai from Monday 17th to Friday 21st November 2014. “The apparel market accounts for 6% of India’s consumption expenditure and is expected to touch $225 billion (around Rs.14 trillion today) by 2020, a fourfold increase in the space of a decade.” French companies benefit from the “French touch » -creativity, quality and elegance- which is appreciable in the fashion industry. During this event, Ubifrance-French Trade Commission will organise the B2B meetings between the French fashion brands and the potential Indian partners. No registration fee. Only registration is required @   Source:

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Jet Airways to sell aircraft to cut losses

Radhika YELKUR - 24-juil.-2014 12:24:41

Jet Airways, India’s second-largest airline by market share, is looking to sell aircrafts to reduce its losses. Like all but IndiGo, and to a smaller extent GoAir, Jet Airways has been posting losses in the Indian domestic segment due to high operating costs and fierce competition despite a sustained demand. Jet, which is partly owned by Etihad, is looking to return to profitability by 2017 by focusing on its international routes, restructuring its debt, cutting costs and boosting efficiency and is not looking at raising further equity at this point.  

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Great success of the first India-France Business Meetings

Thomas Ilhe - 18-juil.-2014 08:03:51

A delegation of 26 French SMEs covering various segments such as ICTs, Healthcare, Industrial equipment and machineries, Infrastructure, Agro-food, Consumer goods and Fashion etc., attended the event in the presence of Jean-Paul Bacquet, President of UBIFRANCE and Member of the French Parliament. More than 255 B2B meetings were organised with Indian counterparts selected by UBIFRANCE India Team and its partner for this event, the Indo French Chamber of Commerce and Industry. The event hosted a seminar of introduction and two round tables about “How to export and Invest in India”. Eminent speakers came in on the conférences such as the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry and Confederation of Indian Industries. All the SMEs expressed appreciation on the quality of those India-France Business Meetings. Most of them have identified real opportunities of Business with one of their contact, and three of them are about to sign their first contract in India. This event was a great success and will be definitely renewed in the coming years. We warmly thank all the Indian and the French companies which take part in the event as well as all our partners and sponsors! Contact: Sylvain BIARD Chloé GUIOT    

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So French, so good! France adds zest to its gourmet exports!

Thomas Ilhe - 14-juil.-2014 12:25:44

What else could you expect from France, where gastronomic quality is so vital? Yet cultivating taste buds the world over also pays off in economic terms; French Gourmet as a sector is worth 7 Billion Euros, covering 250 categories, amounting to 16% of the French food industry’s total exports. 1200 companies, 90% of them SMEs, are actively seeking and opening up export markets.     What French people consider as “typical”, the rest of the world perceives as symbolizing culinary art that can only be “Made in France.” Christophe Monnier, the expert for the Gourmet sector at UBIFRANCE, describes a high-end market with a broad range of dynamic diversity. He starts with baked goods, biscuits and chocolate , accounting for 50% of French gourmet exports. In the vast feast of consumables to be delighted in, two characteristically French trends stand out. First, there is an absolute respect for authentic flavor and tradition – neatly summed up by the French word terroir . Each gourmet product has its unique story, and that is how they need to be marketed. Secondly, with health concerns and awareness coming to the fore, carefully prepared organic and eco-friendly brands coming from France engender recognition and trust all around the world.   Major players in the gourmet sector like Valrhona (high quality chocolates), Rougie (famous French foie gras), Bridor (French bakery), Boirons ( and many other French companies are learning to be more reactive in providing service for their foreign accounts, to be more organized in responding to demanding foreign markets, in following up on orders quickly. Reliable logistics is the name of the game. Experts at UBIFRANCE like Christophe Monnier help up to 830 prospecting companies leverage their efforts in such programs as Saveurs de France , where French exporters demonstrate their know-how in new markets, such as in Latin America or in Asia. He also sets up highly selective – and profitable – encounters with Purchasing Agents.   Naturally, French suppliers devote their greatest effort to the French domestic market, eventually moving on to satisfy demand in French-speaking zones. Yet growth in 2013 was hard to come by in countries such as Switzerland (0.4%) and Belgium (4.2%), which offer relatively saturated outlets. Encouraged by the French emigration to London, more intrepid companies crossed the channel to the UK (8.9%). The companies in the know moved beyond these traditional markets. This is where double-digit sparks fly, with Austria (17.1%) and Russia (13.5%) providing substantial growth in 2013. In fact, the further exporters go, the bigger the rewards are. In Asia, China weighed in at 33.3%, Singapore at 14.3% and Hong Kong at 12.8% growth. As far as the Middle East is concerned, companies marketing gourmet to Dubai and Saudi Arabia were rewarded by a growth rate of more than 20%.   According to Mr. Monnier, there are three prestigious showcases for French talent. He mentions SIAL and EUROPAIN known to be venue s where deals get done, especially for consumer products. The ultimate culinary event has to be the Cuisine Summit at SIRHA in Lyon. All the French know-how is mobilized to create an exceptional experience in 40,000 square meters, capped by the prestigious prize, the “Bocuse d’Or”, a televised cooking competition among the world’s most renowned chefs representing their countries. Only creative excellence, fabulous ingredients and culinary brio stand a chance of winning!   Further information about French companies – Gourmet Sector:  > Bakery, Grocery, Baked Goods, Miscellaneous  

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Electricity institute supported by Schneider Electric inaugurated in Bangalore

Radhika YELKUR - 02-juil.-2014 09:19:56

The Institute of Electricity and Energy Management (IEEM), set up by the State government of Karnataka in collaboration with the French government and the Schneider Electric Foundation, was inaugurated in the city on Saturday by the chief minister Mr Siddaramaiah. IEEM is the result of a tripartite memorandum of understanding (MoU) between the State‘s Employment and Training Department, the Education Ministry of France and the Schneider Electric Foundation, the  CSR wing of the France-based Fortune 300 company that specialises in electricity distribution and management. Housed in an ITI (Industrial Training Institute), provided by the Employment and Training Department of the Government of Karnataka, the institute will impart training on the latest technology and tools donated by the Foundation. The Education Ministry of France has already deputed a technical expert to impart training, and master trainers would be deployed to train the staff of various other educational institutions.     Source : Deccan Herald News Service, June 28, 2014:

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