French team explores investment opportunities in MIHAN

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 03 Nov 2018 10:45:07


Staff Reporter,

A business delegation including the members of French aerospace industries’ association Indo-French Chamber of Commerce and Industry (IFCCI) visited Multimodal International Hub and Airport at Nagpur (MIHAN) project area on Friday. It ‘studied’ opportunities for investment in Nagpur particularly in aerospace and aviation sectors.

Maharashtra Airport Development Company Ltd (MADC) hosted the delegation and apprised them of facilities in MIHAN and opportunities. The delegation included CEOs and officials of 32 aerospace companies of France like Adamas Avocats Associes, Aerocampus, Archetype Group, Bollore, Business France, Dassault Systems, Enia, Invest Quebec, Thales India, and Turgis & Gilliard to name a few.

Suresh Kakani, Vice-Chairman and Managing Director of MADC, welcomed Jean-Marc Mignon, Economic Consul of France; Nicolas Simon, Vice-President, IFCCI; Bruno Bronquard, Regional Director, IFCCI, and all the delegates.

Kakani explained the concept, status, facilities and opportunities coming up for aerospace industries in MIHAN. He appealed to all the delegates to invest in MIHAN and assured all co-operation from MADC for setting up their units in MIHAN-SEZ. Samir Gokhale, Marketing Manager of MADC, spoke on policies of SEZ, procedures and benefits of investing in MIHAN-SEZ.

Sampatkumaran, Chief Executive Officer of Dassault-Reliance Aerospace Limited (DRAL) made a presentation on the newly started unit of DRAL and its future plans. Lt Gen Ravindra Thodge made a presentation on Defence Industrial Hub in Vidarbha. Jagdish Sangitrao, Regional Manager, Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC), spoke on industrial facilities and upcoming projects of MIDC in Maharashtra. Deepak Joshi, Public Relations Officer, MADC, conducted the proceedings.

Later, all the dignitaries had an interactive session with MADC officials. The delegation showed a keen interest in MIHAN and said that a lot of French companies were willing to invest in India, and particularly in Nagpur. They appreciated MIHAN project for good infrastructure, facilities, and an ideal location that aerospace industry looks for. Jean-Marc Mignon said that he was really excited to see actual infrastructure development in MIHAN. Nagpur has all the potential to develop as an Aviation and Aerospace Hub very soon, he said. 

The delegation also visited sites of prominent companies in MIHAN like Lupin, Infosys, SP Infocity, TCS, Patanjali, TAL, DRAL, link taxiway and the sites of upcoming aerospace industries like Indamer Aviation, Turgis & Gilliard, Thales coming up soon in MIHAN.

Atul Pande, President, Vidarbha Industries Association; Devendra Parekh, President of Vidarbha Economic Development Council; Akram Ali Hasan, Assistant Development Commissioner, MIHAN-SEZ; S K Chatterjee, Chief Engineer, MADC; Rajani Lonare, Superintending Engineer, MADC; Prakash Patil, Additional Collector; C Bankar, Senior Architect; Yogesh Dharkar, Marketing Manager, MADC also were present on the occasion.

French Ambassador  visits VNIT

Alexandre Ziegler, French Ambassador to India, led a French delegation that visited Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology (VNIT) here on Friday. It was decided that soon a Memorandum of Understanding should be signed between educational institutes of France and VNIT.

The French delegation comprised Sonia Barbry, Consul General of France; Patricia Poupon, Director, Alliance Francaise; Dr Mahdia Belgroune, Head of Scientific and Academic Co-operation from France; and Vikas Golla, Manager, Campus France, Mumbai.

The French Ambassador had a meeting with Vishram Jamdar, Chairman of Board of Governors, VNIT; Dr Pramod Padole, Director of VNIT; the Deans’ Council and Registrar. Dr Jamdar and Dr Padole welcomed Ziegler.

Dr Yashwant Katpatal, Associate Dean (International Affairs), conducted the proceedings and introduced VNIT to the French delegation. The delegation was apprised about various academic achievements of VNIT. The delegation also informed VNIT officials about the opportunities of exchange. During the meeting, several areas of interactive collaboration were discussed and interactive exchange programmes were explored. The meeting culminated in the French Ambassador stressing upon the need for enhanced co-operation.

Dr Dilip Peshwe, Dean (FW) made concluding remarks. The French Delegation also met the Students’ Council led by Animesh Jadhav.