India and France sign 16 MoUs, JV signed between EDF Energie Nouvelles and SITAC’s renewable energy business
An agreement between Airbus Group and Mahindra for manufacture of helicopters and three MoUs under the ‘Smart City’ theme were among the 16 pacts signed between India and France here today.
The Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs), which cover a wide range of sectors like urban development, urban transport, water and waste treatment and solar energy, were signed in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and French President Francois Hollande, who began his three-day visit from here today.
As part of ‘Make in India’ initiative, an agreement was signed between Airbus Group and Mahindra to manufacture helicopters here.
From the French side, the agreement for “cooperation” to manufacture the helicopters was signed by Pieree De Bausset, President and Managing Direcor Airbus Group India, while from the Indian side, it was inked by Prakash Shukla, the Group President of Mahindra Aerospace.
Besides, three MoUs were signed under the ‘Smart city’ theme for city-specific urban development between French Development Agency (AFD) with the state governments for the cities of Chandigarh, Nagpur and Puducherry.
The aim of the MoUs is to provide specific technical assistance on urban development experts from the French government’s programme.
Urban Development Experts from the French public sector will be based in each city, CII President Sumit Mazumder said on the occassion.
Under the MoU, expert in the fields of urban transport, water and waste treatment, solar energy, urban planning and architecture and heritage they will assist the three cities with their smart city development plans.