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India-France Economic and Commercial Relations

1. Overview of the French Economy: France is the 5thlargest economy of the world with a total GDP of € 2.8 trillion (USD 2.05 trillion), with a GDP growth rate of 2.3% in 2017. It had a Per Capita GDP (PPP) of € 33,036 in 2017. France is an important member of the G-7, OECD and G-20. Its technological strengths make it the leader in sectors such as aviation, space, food processing, transport, railways and agricultural research. However, France's business interaction with India is not commensurate with its intrinsic economic capacity.

2. India-France Economic & Commercial Relations:The economic and commercial linkages are an important component of India's bilateral relations with France. The economic reforms process in India, ten Prime Ministerial visits from India to France (in 1992, 1995, 1998, 2003, 2005, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2015 & 2017), the visit of our President to France (in 2000), visit of the French Prime Minister to India (in 2003), the visits of the French President to India (in 1998, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2013, 2016 & 2018) and the growing French interest in establishing their presence in Asian markets including in India have all contributed to a broadening of economic links. The series of high-level visits in the commercial and economic field reflects the growing interest of both the governments in expanding trade between the two countries. France considers India an important market for its products and is looking to increase the number of joint ventures and encouraging investments in and from India.

3. Bilateral Trade in Goods (January to December 2018)

In 2018, India-France bilateral trade stood at € 11.52 billion (+7.60%) as compared to the corresponding period the previous year. India’s exports to France were valued at € 5.99 billion, up 11.77% during this period with a rise in exports of following top 10 category products: 1. mineral fuels, mineral oils & products of their distillation, bituminous substances and mineral waxes (18.02%); 2. articles of apparel & clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted (8.39%); 3. articles of apparel & clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted (7.96%); 4. nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery & mechanical appliances, parts thereof (7.29%); 5. organic chemicals (5.73%); 6. electrical machinery & equipment and parts thereof (4.82%); 7. footwear, gaiters & the like (4.27%); 8. vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling-stock, and part & accessories thereof (4.15%); 9. natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones, precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof (3.41%) and 10. optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments & apparatus (3.11%).

Meanwhile, French exports to India increased by 3.42% during the same period to € 5.52 billion. Exports of following top 10 ranked products increased: aircraft, spacecraft & parts thereof (16.27%); optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus (18.54%); organic chemicals (5.15%); plastics & articles thereof (3.90%); miscellaneous chemical products (25.02%); iron & steel (7.28%) and essential oils &resinoids, perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations (12.60%). However, exports of nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery & mechanical appliances fell by 13.75%, those of electrical machinery & equipment and parts thereof by 24.63 and the pharmaceutical products recorded a decrease of 0.03%.

India-France Trade in Goods in the last 10 years (in Million €)

Year
(Jan. to Dec.)

Indian Exports
to France

French Exports
to India

Total Trade

Balance
of Trade
for India

Y-o-Y % Changes in Total Trade

2009

2,911

2,460

5,371

+447

-20.86%

2010

4,130

2,900

7,030

+1,227

+30.83%

2011

4,696

2,769

7,465

+1,927

+6.23%

2012

4,656

3,256

7,912

+1,400

+5.98%

2013

4,440

2,713

7,153

+1,727

-9.59%

2014

5,216

2,704

7,920

+2,502

+10.70%

2015

5,218

2,703

8,548

+2,196

+7.91%

2016

4,669

3,910

8,580

+759

+0.37%

2017

5,362

5,345

10,707

+17

+24.79%

2018

5,993

5,529

11,522

+463

+7.61

Source: French Ministry for Economy &Finance(Data rounded off to nearest million €)

Top 10 Indian Exports
to France

Jan.-Apr. 2018

Jan.-Apr. 2019

Jan.-Apr. 2019

Jan.-Apr. 18/
Jan.-Apr. 19

Jan.-Apr. 2019

No.

HS2

Commodity

Million €

Million €

Million USD

% Growth

% Share

1.

27

Mineral fuels, mineral oils & products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes

396,02

545,64

600,21

37,78

22,82

2.

62

Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted

215,70

208

228,80

-3,57

8,70

3.

61

Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted

167,70

171,33

188,47

2,16

7,16

4.

84

Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery & mechanical appliances; parts thereof

149,11

153,63

168,99

3,03

6,42

5.

29

Organic chemicals

111,72

147,35

162,09

31,90

6,16

6.

71

Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones, precious metals, metals clad with precious metal & articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin

58,76

111,45

122,59

89,68

4,66

7.

85

Electrical machinery & equipment and parts thereof; sound recorders & reproducers, television image and sound recorders and reproducers, and parts and accessories of such articles

83,49

108,52

119,37

29,98

4,54

8.

87

Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling-stock, and parts and accessories thereof

88,70

98,93

108,82

11,53

4,14

9.

64

Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles

102,67

95,40

104,94

-7,08

3,99

10.

90

Articles of leather, saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags & similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silk-worm gut)

57,57

78,45

86,29

36,26

3,28

Total of French Imports from India

2,111.62

2,391.43

2,630.57

13,25

100

Source: French Customs

Trends in 2019

Trade

In Jan.-April 2019, India-France bilateral trade stood at € 3.95 billion (+13.55%) as compared to the corresponding period the previous year. India’s exports to France increased by 13.25% during this period with a rise in exports of following top 10 category products: mineral fuels & oils (37.78%); natural or cultured pearls (89.68%); organic chemicals (31.9%); articles of leather, saddlery and harness, travel goods, handbags (36.26%); electrical machinery & equipment (29.98%); automobiles and parts (11.53%); nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances (3.03%); articles of apparel & clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted (2.16%). However there was a drop in exports of footwear (-7.08%) & articles of apparel & clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted, (-3.57%).

Meanwhile, French exports to India decreased by 14.02% during the same period. Exports of following top 10 ranked products increased: iron & steel (184.34%); pharmaceutical products (11.26%); organic chemicals (22.23%); articles of iron & steel (17.19%); miscellaneous chemical products (45.22%); optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus & parts thereof (1.19%) & plastics and articles thereof (4.71%); aircraft & spacecraft (40.02%). However, exports of following products decreased: nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery & mechanical appliances (-18.53%) and electrical machinery & equipment (-3.54%).

4. Bilateral Trade in Services

Based on annual data provided by the French Central Bank (Banque de France), Indian exports of services to France in 2017 (Jan. to Dec.) recorded an increase of 39.26% as compared to the same period of the previous year (January to December) from € 1.77 billion to € 2.47 billion. All categories of services registered a growth (in descending order): pension & insurance services (+454.54%); maintenance & repair services (+183.33%); building & public works (+150%); financial services (+76.66%); telecommunication, computer & information services (+56.72%); manufacturing services supplied by physical inputs held by third parties (+46.15%); other services to businesses (+33.14%); travel (+32.21%); commission for use of intellectual property (+21.42%) & transport (+16.24%).

Indian imports of services from France during the same period also registered a growth of 18.66% last year from € 1.46 billion in 2016 to € 1.73 in 2017. The following categories contributed to this increase: pension & insurance services (+45%); travel (+35.65%); commission for use of intellectual property (+29.29%); telecommunication, computer & information services (+23.71%); financial services (+19.04%); transport (+13.11%) & other services to businesses (+10.11%).

Manufacturing services supplied by physical inputs held by third parties have gone down by 34.92% and the maintenance & repair services declined by 32.75%.

 

India-France Trade in Services over the last 5 Years (in Million €)

Year
(Jan.-Dec.)

Indian Exports
to France

French Exports
to India

Total

Y-o-Y % of Increase/Decrease

2013

1,635

1,287

2,922

+10.63

2014

2,149

1,531

3,680

+25.94

2015

1,715

1,695

3,410

-7.33

2016

1,775

1,463

3,238

-5.04

2017

2,472

1,736

4,208

+29.95

Composition of India-France Trade in Services in 2017 (in Million €)

No.

Major Categories of Services

Indian Exports
to France

Indian Imports from France

1.

Manufacturing services supplied by physical inputs held by third parties

114

41

2.

Maintenance &repair services

51

154

3.

Transport

322

526

4.

Travel

316

350

5.

Building & public works

5

0

6.

Pension &insurance services

61

29

7.

Financial services

53

25

8.

Commission for use of intellectual property

17

128

9.

Telecommunication, computer &
information services

536

193

10.

Other services to businesses

940

283

11.

Cultural, leisure&personal services

52

1

12.

Goods & services of public administration

0

0

13.

Other services (not included elsewhere)

0

0

Total

2,472

1,736

5. French Investments in India

France has emerged as a major source of FDI for India with more than 1,000 French establishments already present in India. France is the 10th largest foreign investor in India with a cumulative investment of USD 6.64 billion from April 2000 to March 2019 which represents 1.58% of the total FDI inflows into India according to statistics provided by the DIPP. The highest FDI equity inflows are in the services sector (18.28%), with cement & gypsum products (14.64%) in the second place, followed by drugs & pharmaceuticals (5.16%), automobile industry (4.99%) and industrial machinery (4.98%).

Most big French groups have their subsidiaries in India. However, there are a few joint ventures and liaison offices of French companies in India. 39 of the 40 CAC 40 (French Stock Market Index) companies are present in India. Around 50-70 SMEs are also present in India essentially in the mechanical and pharma-chemical sectors. French companies are present in a wide range of sectors: services (BNP Paribas, Capgemini, Havas, Sodexo, etc.); pharmaceutical-chemical (Arkema, L’Oréal, Sanofi, Total, etc.); aerospace (Airbus, Dassault, Eurocopter, Safran, Thales, etc.); agro-food (Bongrain, Danone, Lactalis, Lesaffre, Pernod Ricard, etc.); electronics (Crouzet, Gemalto, Oberthur, Safran, STMicroelectronics, etc.); construction mechanics (Alstom, Cermex, Legris Group, Poclain, Sidel, etc.); electrical components (Hager, Legrand, Schneider Electric, etc.); automobile (Faurecia, Michelin, Plastic Omnium, Renault, Valeo, etc.).

French investments cleared during 2018 include amongst others proposals from Arkadin(integrated audio, web, video& unified communications solutions), Athena Pharmaceutiques (pharmaceutical formulations) and Sanofi (pharmaceutical products).

[According to the estimates from the French Embassy in India, French companies employ around 300,000 persons in India and have a turnover of more than USD 20 billion and have a minimum stock investment portfolio of USD 19 billion].

FDI Equity Inflows from France

Financial Year
(April-March)

FDI Equity Inflows from France

INR Crores

USD Million

€Million

Y-o-Y % Changes

2000-01

455

104

92

N.A.

2001-02

488

108

95

+3.5

2002-03

533

111

98

+3.3

2003-04

176

38

33

-65.6

2004-05

536

117

104

+206.7

2005-06

82

18

16

-84.2

2006-07

527

117

103

+533.6

2007-08

582

145

128

+23.7

2008-09

2,098

466

412

+221.4

2009-10

1,436

302

267

-35.1

2010-11

3,348

734

649

+142.6

2011-12

3,110

662

586

-9.7

2012-13

3,487

646

571

-2.4

2013-14

1,841

305

270

-52.7

2014-15

3,881

634

587

+117.42

2015-16

3,937

598

544

-7.32

2016-17

4,112

614

574

+5.51

2017-18

3,297

511

414

-27.87

2018-19

2,890

406

361

-12.80

Cumulative Inflows
(April 2000 to March 2019)

 

36,824.60

 

6,643.09

 

5,912.85

 

/

Source: DIPP

6. Indian Investments in France

According to the ‘Business France Annual Report 2018’, a public operator supporting French investors in India and Indian investors in France, there are more than 150 Indian companies operating in France (including sub-subsidiaries), employing more than 7,000 persons.

Seventeen investments from India were recorded in 2018, creating or maintaining 141 jobs.

Indian projects often involved decision-making centres (59% of projects, 53% of jobs) and production/manufacturing operations (18% of projects, 34% of jobs).

Investments were mainly made in the software and IT services sector (24% of projects, 30% of jobs), and the machinery and mechanical equipment sector (12% of projects, 21% of jobs).

Location-wise, Indian companies invested primarily in the Paris Region (59% of projects, 50% of jobs), Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes (18% of projects) and Grand Est (12% of projects).

In 2018, the leading European recipient of job-creating investment from India was the United Kingdom, attracting 26% of all Indian projects in Europe, followed by the Netherlands (11%), while France received 5%.

India was the 30th largest foreign investor in France with cumulative FDI inflows amounting to € 279 million (as per 31st December, 2016 statistics provided by the French Central Bank).

Indian investments in France have been growing and it is estimated that the total stock of Indian investments in France is approximately € 1 billion. Indian investment in France has come in different sectors such as pharmaceuticals (Sun Pharma &Wockhardt), ITeS (Infosys, Tata Consultancy Services & Wipro), wine (Kingfisher), steel (Electrosteel& Tata Steel), plastics (Sintex Industries), railway wagons (Titagarh Wagons), aerospace (Cades and Axis Aerospace & Technologies), Auto Parts (Jyoti), Two-wheelers (Mahindra&Mahindra), Metal Forging (Bharat Forge).

SamvardhanaMotherson Group (automotive) with a workforce of 2,300 persons, Tata Group (software &ITeS, metals and metalworking) with 1,600 employees, Sintex Industries (chemicals and plastics) with 1,000-1,500 persons, Centum India (electrical, electronic and IT equipment) with 400-500 employees and Mahindra&Mahindra (automotive) with the same number of persons are the five largest Indian employers in France.

The following four Indian companies invested recently in France: i) The Indian automotive equipment company, SamvardhanaMotherson Group, is continuing its development in France through the acquisition in 2018 of Reydel Automotive, which is based in the Hauts de France region. The financial investment amounted to € 201 million, enabling the group to strengthen its presence in France and internationally, and to develop its technological expertise, ii) In 2019, Rahman Group decided to continue its investment in France through the construction of its first industry 4.0 production facility in the Grand Est region, creating around a dozen jobs in the local area. After acquiring the French safety footwear key player LemaîtreSécurité in 2017, Rahman Group announced plans in 2015 to expand its activities in France with the opening of a warehouse in Val de Moder, in the Grand Est region, iii) The Indian SME, Frehindi, organizes student exchange programs between Indian and French schools and provides teachers for schools. The company opened an office in Paris in 2017 and another one in Lyon (Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region) in 2018 & iv) A global leader in the manufacture of precision machine tools, Jyoti CNC Automation, has decided to transfer its operations from one factory in the Grand Est region to another one in the same area. As part of this extension, the company will invest € 10 million in addition to the € 35 million already invested in the past and will grow thanks to the creation of 20 new jobs.

7. Issues related to Trade Protection/Rejection of Indian Goods, Sanitary and Phytosanitary/Technical Barriers and other Non-Tariff Barriers

France, being a member of the EU, these issues relate to EU bodies, however, some EU actions originate in France. In 2017, there was only one case of border rejection of Indian products by the French authorities vis-à-vis 13 in 2017, 6 in 2015 and 12 in 2014. These related to mostly food-products on account of detection of banned substances or quantities above the minimum permissible levels being found during inspections.

8. Bilateral Mechanisms to promote Trade and Investments

India-France Joint Committee for Economic & Technical Cooperation (JCETC) was set up on 26th January, 1976 through an exchange of letters between the Ministers of Commerce and Foreign Trade. Meetings are held at Ministerial level alternately in Delhi and Paris. This Joint Committee is the major institutional mechanism for cooperation in the economic and technical sector. The 17th session of the Joint Committee was held on 24th October, 2017 in Paris. The entire gamut of bilateral economic and commercial relationship was reviewed at the meeting, and both sides agreed to continue and intensify cooperation.

Joint Working Groups (JWGs) at the senior official level have also been constituted through MoUs to deal with specific aspects of economic cooperation, including for Agriculture and Food Processing, IT & Telecommunications, Roads, Sustainable Urban Development and Energy. During the visit of French President to India (14-15 February 2013), the two countries further agreed to establish an annual bilateral Economic and Financial Dialogue (EFD) between the two Finance Ministries on economic and financial issues. The first such Economic and Financial Dialogue was held in Paris on 29th October 2013.

9. Bilateral Agreements/Memorandum of Understanding (MoU)

India and France have signed a number of Agreements to facilitate the expansion of commercial relations. Among these are the Double Taxation Avoidance Convention (DTAC) [where India has requested a protocol, to amend Article 28 to insert new disclosure norms on which bilateral consultations are continuing], MoU on cooperation in Tourism, MoU on Intellectual Property and a Social Security Exemption Agreement (SSA). In October 2012, India and France signed an Agreement for cooperation in the field of Sustainable Urban Development. Another MoU on Bilateral Cooperation in Food Industries Sector was signed on 24th October 2012. During the visit of French President to India (14-15 February 2013), the two countries concluded an MoU between the Ministry of Railways of the Republic of India and the French National Railways (SNCF) on Technical Cooperation in the field of Railway Sector as well as a General Framework Agreement between Oséo (the French Innovation Promotion Agency) and Technology Development Board (TDB) of India to establish a collaborative framework under which Oséo and TDB may carry out activities related to the exchanging of best practices and the setting up of coordinated measures to foster technological exchanges and innovation collaborations between companies, organizations and institutions of France and India. The following four agreements/MoUs were signed during the visit of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi to France on 10-11 April, 2015: i) MoU on cooperation in the field of renewable energy between the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), Government of India and the Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy, Government of France; ii) Railway Protocol between Indian Ministry of Railways and French National Railways (SNCF) on cooperation in semi high speed rail and station renovation; iii) MoU between National Skill Development Agency (NSDA), India and the National Commission for Vocational Qualifications (Commission Nationale de la Certification Professionnelle - CNCD); iv) Letter of Intent on Tourism. During French President François Hollande’s visit to Indian in January 2016, MoUs were signed in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Mr. Hollande in the field of smart and sustainable cities and helicopter production as also JV agreements and Letters of Intent in the field of renewable energy/wind energy.

10. Agreement on Social Security

An Agreement on Social Security exemption was signed during Prime Minister’s visit in September 2008. The Agreement has been ratified by the two sides and has come into force on 1st July, 2011. The agreement will protect the interests of expatriate workers and the companies on a reciprocal basis.  It helps workers by (i) providing for exemption from social security contribution in case of short-term contracts;  (ii) exportability of pension in case of relocation to the home country or any third country; and (iii) totalization of the contribution periods.

11. VIE (Volontariat International en Enterprise)

Voluntary International Apprenticeship Program: Under this scheme, started in 2008, young French interns/graduates are sent to French companies in India as trainees for a period of one year. The cost is borne by the company utilizing the trainee, with Government defraying certain costs and offering tax subsidies to companies utilizing the scheme. At present there is a cap of 250 visas per annum under the scheme, and the validity of the scheme has been extended till September 2020.

12. CEOs Forum

During French President’s visit to India in January 2008, it was decided to establish an India-France Foundation which could begin as an India-France high level CEO’s Round Table. An announcement was made during PM’s visit to France in September 2008 to set up an India-France High level CEOs Forum. The Indian side is headed by Mr. Dhruv Sawhney, Chairman, Triveni Engineering & Industries (earlier by Mr. Narayana Murthy, Chief Mentor of Infosys). The French side is headed by Mr. Paul Hermelin, CEO, Capgemini, and Special Representative of the French Government for Indo-French Economic Relations. The 1st meeting of the Forum was held in New Delhi on 28-29 November 2009; 2nd meeting took place on 24-25 June 2010 at Paris; 3rd meeting was held in New Delhi on 6th December 2010; 4th meeting held in Paris on 30-31 January 2012; 5th meeting of the Forum held in New Delhi on 22-23 November 2012 which discussed issues related to India-France collaboration on various PPP projects in infrastructure, sustainable development with focus on energy efficiency and corporate social responsibility, especially in the field of promoting education. During the visit of the French President to India on 14-15 February 2013, the CEO’s forum presented its recommendations on Private-Public Partnerships, Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainable Development to the two governments. The 6th meeting of the CEO Forum was held in Paris on 8-9 July 2013. The meeting discussed issues related to Education and employability through skill building. The Indian CEOs called on the French President and were assured that they would be treated at par with French businesses when investing in France. The 7th meeting of the CEO’s Forum was held in Paris, France on 9th April 2015 as a precursor to the visit of the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi to France in April, 2015. The French Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, Mr. Laurent Fabius, was present at the Forum as also Secretary, Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP), Mr. Amitabh Kant. 30 CEOs took part in this event. The topics discussed included Energy, Water, Agro and Food Processing, Skill Development and Education, Defence and Aerospace and Life Sciences. There was a decision to constitute five Task Forces with designated Sherpas on (i) Energy (conventional and renewable) (ii) Water and Waste (iii) Life Sciences (iv) Defence & Aerospace and (v) Infrastructure Financing; the 8th meeting of the Forum was held in Chandigarh on 24th January 2016 during the visit of President Hollande to India. The French Finance Minister Mr. Michel Sapin and Secretary Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP), Mr. Amitabh Kant attended this session. Projects were proposed in the following identified sectors: defence, green economy, smart cities, infrastructure & transportation, water, and financial sector. The 9th meeting of the Forum was held in Paris on 13th January, 2017. The Forum was convened in the presence of Mr. Michel Sapin, the Minister of Economy and Finance. Members reviewed the progress since the last meeting which was held in Chandigarh on 24th January, 2016 on the sidelines of the visit of President Hollande to India. The topics discussed included Smart Cities - Transport & IT, Infrastructure, Energy & Water and Defence. The 10th CEO’s Forum was held on 10th March, 2018 in New Delhi during President Macron’s official visit to India.

13. India-France Economic Cooperation through AFD (French Agency for Development)

Pursuant to signing of a MoU in September 2008 between Department of Economic Affairs (DEA) and the French Agency for Development, the AFD extends credit for various projects in India. The priority areas for AFD economic cooperation in India are (i) energy efficiency and renewable energy within the framework of the National Action Plan on Climate Change (NAPCC), (ii) urban infrastructure (public transport, water, etc., through sustainable development projects and infrastructure development programmes such as JNNURM), and (iii) the preservation of biodiversity. The current projects being supported by the AFD include (i) ‘Reorganizing the Water Supply System of Jodhpur City in Rajasthan’, Phase II worth € 71.1 million (ii) ‘Forestry and Bio-diversity Conservation Project in Assam’ worth € 54 million (iii)  Credit Facility Agreement (CFA) for the Bangalore Metro Rail Project, Phase-I (iv) IREDA II and (v) Cochin Metro Project.

14. India-France Business Associations in France

France-India Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCIFI, Neuilly-sur-Seine) was created in 1984 as a non-profit organization that aims to promote bilateral commercial relations between India and France. It has as its members several Indian and French companies. The Mission has been working with CCIFI to promote bilateral relations through joint activities. The Chamber brings out a fortnightly newsletter in French and English which provides information in brief on various topics pertaining to economy, trade and industry.
With the support of the Mission, an India-France Business Club was started in January 2014 in Marseille, the second largest city in France after Paris and the largest port to assist Indian businesses, entrepreneurs and to generate interest about India among the French businesses in the region.

15. Activities for promoting Trade and Investment

Promotion of economic and commercial relations between India and France is a major priority for the Mission and the E&C Wing, under the direction and guidance of the Ambassador, works to promote Indian business and industry by encouraging trade and investment, assisting Indian firms with Government and private sector contacts, providing information, supporting and advising Indian companies about the French market.

The major commercial activities of the Mission include: (i) promotion of Indian goods and services in France, (ii) promotion of Brand India and corporate image of India, (iii) promotion of India as a foreign direct investment destination and (iv) promotion of the ‘Make in India’ campaign. In each of these sectors, the specific action involves information and intelligence gathering, communication and information dissemination, referral activities, advocacy, logistic management and coordination activities.

16. Recent Ministerial Visits from India to France

5-6 October, 2015 - Visit of Shri Venkaiah Naidu, Minister of Urban Development, to Bordeaux to attend a Global Intelligent Transportation Summit. During his visit, he also met France’s Minister of the Environment, Energy and Marine Affairs, Ms. Ségolène Royal, in Paris.

11-12 April, 2016 - Visit of Shri Suresh Prabhu, Minister of Railways to discuss the possible Areas of Cooperation between India and France in the Railway Sector. The Minister also addressed the ‘Emerging Forum’ organized by the Banque de France in Paris. He met Minister of State for Railways, Mr. Alain Vidalies, and also paid a courtesy call on Mr. Laurent Fabius, President of the Constitutional Council of France.

1-2 June, 2016 - Visit of Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman, Minister of State (Independent Charge), Commerce and Industry, to attend the Informal Gathering of the WTO Ministers on the margins of the OECD Ministerial Council Meeting in Paris

1-5 September, 2016 - Visit of Smt. Smriti Zubin Irani, Minister of Textiles to Paris during the ‘Who’s Next & Première Classe’ Textile & Garments Exhibition. She met Mr. Marc-Antoine Jamet, Secretary General, LVMH, the French luxury goods group.

18-20 October, 2016 - Visit of Smt. Harsimrat Kaur Badal, Minister of Food Processing Industries, during the ‘SIAL’ Food Fair in Paris.  She met French Minister of Agriculture, Food & Forest, Mr. Stéphane Le Foll.

17-20 October, 2016 - Visit of Dr.SubashBhambre, Minister of State (Defence Production), for ‘Euronaval’ Defence Exhibition.  During his visit, he also called on French Defence Minister, Mr. Jean-Yves Le Drian.

6-7 June, 2017 - Visit of Shri Arun Jaitley, Finance Minister, for the Annual OECD Ministerial Council Meeting in Paris

8th June, 2017 - Visit of Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman, Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Commerce & Industry, to take part at the Ministerial Meeting for WTO Negotiations on the sidelines of the OECD Ministerial Council Meeting in Paris

19-23 June, 2017 - Visit of Shri Prakash Pant, Minister of Finance, Govt. of Uttarakhand, to participate at the ‘India Skill Week’ in Paris

19-23 June, 2017 - Visit of Shri Priyank Kharge, Minister of Tourism & Information Technology, Govt. of Karnataka for the ‘Paris Air Show’

23-24 October, 2017 - Visit of Shri C.R. Chaudhary, Minister of State of Commerce and Industry, for the 17th Session of the India-France Joint Commission Meeting in Paris

7-8 November, 2017 - Visit of Shri R.K. Singh, Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Power and New & Renewable Energy, for the ‘2017 International Energy Agency Ministerial Meeting’ at the International Energy Agency in Paris

12thDecember, 2017 - Visit of Shri R.K. Singh, Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Power and New & Renewable Energy, for the ‘One Planet Summit’ organized by the French Foreign Office in Boulogne-Billancourt (Paris Region)

22ndMay, 2018 - Visit of Shri Ponnaiah Ayyapan Radha krishnan, Minister of State for Finance and Shipping, to Monaco for Meetings with the Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Minister of Finance and Industry

31May-4 June, 2018 - Visit to France of Shri Suresh Prabhu, Minister of Commerce, Industry and Civil Aviation for an Informal Gathering of WTO Trade Ministers on the Sidelines of the OECD Ministerial Council Meeting in Paris. The Minister called on Mr. Laurent Fabius, President of the Constitutional Council and also met Ms. Elisabeth Borne, Minister of Transport, to discuss Cooperation on Issues of Bilateral Importance. Shri Suresh Prabhu visited the Airbus Manufacturing Facility and also saw the IndiGo Passenger Planes being built at Toulouse. He finally had discussions with Mr. FatihBirol, Executive Director, International Energy Agency, on Issues regarding the World Energy Security.

18-19 June, 2018 - Visit to Paris of Smt. Sushma Swaraj, External Affairs Minister, to name the Indian Cultural Center

29-30 August, 2018 - Visit to France of a 4-Member Delegation led by Shri K.J. George, Minister of IT and Large and Medium Size Industry, Govt. of Karnataka

18-20 September, 2018 - Shri Chaudhry Birendra Singh, Union Minister of Steel, attended the Ministerial Meeting of GFSEC at the OECD Headquarters in Paris.

27thSeptember, 2018 - Shri Sa. Ra. Mahesh, Minister for Tourism & Sericulture, Govt. of Karnataka, visited the 40th Annual International Event for the French Travel Market 'IFTM Top Resa' in Paris.

4-6 October, 2018 - Visit to France of a 7-Member Delegation led by Shri M.C. Sampath, Minister for Industries, Govt. of Tamil Nadu, to promote the 2nd 'Global Investors' Summit' on 23-24 Jan., 2019 in Chennai

11-12 October, 2018 - Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman, Defence Minister, attended in Paris the 1st Ministerial Meeting of the Bilateral Annual Defence Dialogue between India & France along with the French Minister of Armed Forces, Ms. Florence Parly.

21-23 October, 2018 - Smt. Harsimrat Kaur Badal, Minister for Food Processing Industry, inaugurated the Biennial Food Innovation Exhibition, 'SIAL', at Paris-Nord Villepinte (Paris Region). The Meghalaya Chief Minister, Shri Sangma, visited Paris on this occasion as also a delegation from the State of Manipur. Minister Badal had a bilateral meeting with the French Minister of Agriculture, Mr. Didier Guillaume, on 21st October, 2018 at Paris-Nord Villepinte) on the opening day of the Fair. The Minister delivered the opening address at the 5thedition of the ‘France-India Agri-Business & Food Processing Industries’ Conference organized by the India-France Chamber of Commerce and Industry on 22ndOctober 2018.

30 November-1 December, 2018 - Visit to Le Puy and Lyon of Dr. G. Parmeshwara, Deputy Chief Minister of Karnataka & Minister for Bengaluru Development, for a Study Tour on Municipal Solid Waste Management

Source: Embassy of India, Paris (as per 26thJuly, 2019)