France enhances India’s smart city agenda

France enhances India’s smart city agenda
12/05/2016 , by , in News/Views

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 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.

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.”

Jagan Shah, Director National Institute of Urban Affairs, said, “Planning and capturing the land value is very critical and important for smart cities development. Another important aspect of the Indo-French collaboration would be human skill development for the use of high-end technology involved in smart cities project. And I must say that Indian regions have immense potential to be developed as smart cities.”

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