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French business delegation meets CM with a helping hand, eye on investments

A French business delegation of 14 companies met Chief Minister Narendra Modi and other state government officials in Gandhinagar on Tuesday to explore possibility for investments and business tie-ups in the areas like upcoming Dholera SIR (Special Investment Region) and the MEGA (Metro Link Express for Gandhinagar and Ahmedabad) project. The delegation was headed by France's Ambassador to India Francois Richier.

The delegation gave some presentations to a team of state government officials, including Additional Chief Secretary Maheshwar Sahu, Additional Principal Secretary to Chief Minister A K Sharma, Secretary to Chief Minister Vijay Nehra, CEO of DSIRDA (Dholera Special Investment Region Development Authority) A D Chandnani and Gujarat's Principal Resident Commissioner at Delhi Bharat Lal in Gandhinagar in a two-hour meeting.

"We would definitely want to share our expertise on how to develop the ecologically sensitive Dholera and help the state government develop the chunk as a green city. There is a huge opportunity to make it an eco-friendly city," Richier said.

"The Gujarat government is looking forward to the French companies to invest in solar energy, help the state develop expertise in manufacturing export quality railway and transportation equipments, in areas like water treatment, solid waste management and traffic management," a source close to the development said.

Richier also visited the Indo-French Cultural Centre (Alliance Francaise d' Ahmedabad) in the city and inaugurated the Heritage Centre in its premises on Monday evening.

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