List of agreements signed in Chandigarh

Visit of the President of the Republic to India.

Chandigarh, 24 January 2016

1) Sustainable Urban Development/ ‘Smart Cities’ : three MoUs between AFD and Indian parties providing for technical assistance under the Smart Cities Mission
  • Signatory for France: Mr Pascal Pacaut, Director Asia, AFD
  • Signatories for India: Mr Manoj Parida, Chief Secretary, Union Territory of Pondicherry, Mr Vijay DEV, Adviser, Union Territory of Chandigarh and Mr Dayanand Kamble, Director, State of Maharashtra

Objective: Providing technical assistance of French experts from AFD and MEDDE to the signatory cities. These experts will support the cities of Chandigarh, Pondicherry and Nagpur in the drawing up and implementation of their ‘smart cities’ programme. Coming from the competent public sector in the fields of urban transport, water, waste management, solar energy, urban planning, architecture and heritage, these experts will work in the three cities by rotation with the support of the MoUD.

2) Renewable Energy : Signature of acquisition contract of 50% of the Renewable Energy branch of SITAC group by EDF in the wind energy sector
  • Signatory for France: Mr Jean-Bernard Levy, CMD, EDF
  • Signatory for India: Mr Malvinder Singh, Chairman and founder, SITAC

Objective: Acquisition contract of 50% of the branch based in Gujarat by EDF EN. This signature helps strengthen the position of French enterprises in the sector of renewable energy in India. It should be noted that they are already very active in the Indian solar sector (450 MW installed in the end of 2015, i.e. 10 % of the installed Indian solar park; target of installed 10 GW by 2022). This acquisition will also help diversify the participation of French companies in the renewable energy development programme in India. It represents the first significant French investment in the wind energy sector in India.

3) Energy Storage : Letter of intention between CEA and Green ventures on the construction of a demonstrator (Solar Thermal Plant)
  • Signatory for France: Ms Florence Lambert, Director, Laboratory for Innovation for New Energy Technologies and Nanomaterials, CEA
  • Signatory for India: Mr Krish Krishnan, CMD, Green Ventures

Objective: Deployment in India of autonomous solar-powered electrification systems with high social impact

4) Energy Storage: Memorandum of Understanding between the CEA and Crompton Greaves on autonomous high power photovoltaic systems and smart grids
  • Signatory for France: Ms Florence Lambert, Director, Laboratory for Innovation for New Energy Technologies and Nanomaterials, CEA
  • Signatory for India : Mr Gautam Thapar, CMD, AVANTHA

Objective: The contract or development programme of photovoltaic systems as part of ‘Make in India’ policy, would secure electricity supply in Indian airports, integrating French technological solutions in smart grids. Crompton Greaves is an Indian company specializing in equipment for electricity production and distribution. It is the most important group in this sector of activity in India. It is the only Indian company that has a French director, who is based in Mumbai. It recently opened a manufacturing facility for ‘smart grids’ and R&D in Grenoble.

5) Sustainable Urban Development : Signature of MoUs between public sector enterprise Engineering Projects India Limited (EPI) and 9 French enterprises on sustainable infrastructure projects.
  • Signatories for France: Mr Chandan Chowdhury, Director, Dassault Systèmes India; Mr Jean-François Cazes, Deputy General Manager - International and Major Projects, Egis; Mr Henry Gaillard, General Manager, Lumiplan; Mr Anil Chaudhry, CMD, Schneider Electric India; Mr Patrice Caine, CMD, Thalès ; Mr Jean-Bernard Levy, CMD EDF; Mr Henri Poupart Lafarge, CMD, Alstom Transport; Mr Marc Velu, Director - Exports, CAN; Mr Rahul Jain, India Representative, Pomagalski
  • Signatory for India: Dr. Satinder Pal Singh Bakshi, CMD, EPI

Objective: Signature of MoUs between French enterprises and public sector enterprise EPI, which was founded in 1970 and is under the Indian government. It has carried out numerous infrastructure projects in India and other countries in this region. It works in the field of civil engineering, environmental engineering and water management, industrial projects, waste treatment plants, handling equipment, metallurgy, petroleum and petrochemical projects. It signed an initial agreement with the company POMA for implementing a cable-car project in India. EPI is desirous of forging partnerships with French companies in the smart cities sector (water and waste management, renewable energy and urban transport). This partnership will enable French enterprises to have special access to projects being carried out by EPI. On the basis of these MoUs, EPI would call on the expertise of French companies. EPI is particularly well positioned in Nagpur, one of the three smart cities chosen by France.

6) E-payment : signature between FAMOCO and Sintal
  • Signatory for France: Mr Lionel BARABAN, COO and co-founder
  • Signatory for India: Mr Anurag GUPTA, CMD, Sintal

Objective: Signature of two commercial contracts in the field of e-payment, based on the most secure technologies. FAMOCO specializes in wireless communication technology solutions. Their USP: they develop sophisticated hardware technology (case with Android OS) and on Cloud, but leaves application development to the technical industry. That allows them to increase their market. They make transport passes (Navigo), e-wallets (Moneo), student cards, bus cards, etc. They have won the French Tech Pass award and are supported by the BPI. FAMOCO’s office in India is due to open soon.

7) Letter of Intent between Mahindra Defense and Airbus Helicopters for the production of helicopters in India.

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