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Brioche Dorée comes to India

Olivier Delbecq - 27-mars-2019 05:42:43

Internationally acclaimed, Parisian French Bakery, Brioche Dorée launched its first exclusive store in India at Connaught Place, New Delhi. A perfect blend of French cuisine meets the Indian palette, Brioche Dorée serves a delectable range of traditional authentic French products. Brioche Dorée is known to be the second largest bakery/café chain in the world. It will serve pure vegetarian stuff in India.

Sud Ouest Food meetings

Olivier Delbecq - 27-mars-2019 05:40:51

  EVENT’S NAME : Sud Ouest Food meetings   CITY/COUNTRY: Bordeaux/France   DATE : 12-14 May 2019       Sud Ouest Food meetings invite a selection of 40 food buyers from all over the world who will have the opportunity to meet new quality suppliers, Two Indian buyer will attend this event : CHENAB IMPEX PVT. LTD and FOODHALL.   This is an excellent opportunity to discover South-West of France food traditions.  

Xiaomi is announcing huge investments in India

Jean-François Ambrosio - 27-mars-2019 05:32:44

  The Chinese Tech group announced investments of 500 M USD in its Indian operation to increase production capacity by 50%. Xiaomi entered India 4 years ago and has been fighting with Samsung to dominate the Indian smartphone market.   For 2018, Xiaomi reached a market share of 28,9% in India (41,1 M units from a total de 142,3 M), followed by Samsung with 22,4% (31,9 M units) and the Chinese brands Vivo with 10% (14,2 M units), Oppo with 7,2% (10,2%) and Transsion with 4,5% (6,4 M units).   On the feature phone market, the Indian brand Jio was leading in 2018 with a market share of 38%, followed by Samsung with 12%, Itel with 8% and Nokia with 7%. Overall India mobile phone shipments crossed 330 M units in 2018.  

AMBITION INDIA: save the date

Sophie Clavelier - 27-mars-2019 05:20:34

  SAVE THE DATE   AMBITION INDIA 2019   THE MAIN B2B EVENT BETWEEN FRANCE AND INDIA       Business France, th e Embassy of France in India and the Embassy of India to France are pleased to invite you to attend to:   AMBITION INDIA 2019, an annual business rendez-vous to strengthen trade and investment links between French and Indian companies during which we expect more than 200 companies, experts, advisors and representatives of government bodies.       Schedule:   A plenary session attended by French and Indian officials A round table on “France means Business and Innovation” and a panelist of Indian success stories in France Transversal thematic workshops led by experts for French companies to apprehend the Indian market Lunch and networking cocktail B2B meetings between participating French and Indian companies and experts.      

Indian IT companies are signing Billions USD deals with international clients

Jean-François Ambrosio - 26-mars-2019 11:46:33

HCL Tech, one of India major IT services provider, just announced the signature of a 1,3 Billion USD contract with Xerox to manage part of its shared services, including global administrative and support functions. The contract will run for a period of 7 years. HCL has been one of Xerox major partner and supplier since 2009. According to the Economic Times, other Indian IT services compan ies like Infosys, Wipro and TCS have secured several Billion USD contracts over the last 2 years with International clients . TCS, India largest IT company, has reportedly signed during this period of time 4 contracts for a total of 5,5 Billion USD, while Infosys won deals worth 2 Billion USD in the second quarter of 2018-2019, and Wipro announced a few months ago a 1,5 Billion USD contract for 10 years with the US based Alight Solutions.

India’s groundwater security – a growing concern

Aurélien Sostaponti - 26-mars-2019 11:40:42

  According to the World Health Organization, a country having less than 1700m 3 per capita water availability is said to be a «  water-stressed  » country. With about 4 per cent of the water resources of the world, India should have been a water-adequate nation. However, in 2011 India turned into a water-stressed nation, according to experts.   The immediate culprits that come to mind are the increasing demographic pressure, rapid urbanization and industrialization. However, urbanization and industrialisation are the driving forces for any developing economy like India and remains the need of the hour. What makes these driving forces evil is the lack of proper water management.           RAINFALL WASTAGE   65%   rainwater runoff goes into the sea, which is a major wastage considering that over 70 per cent of country’s farming is rain-fed. The runoff also causes soil erosion, river flooding and siltation of water bodies.   Source: Bhartiya Agro Industries Foundation   POOR SANITATION   5.2%   of India’s gross domestic product worth of economic opportunities were lost in 2015 because of poor sanitation. It is almost half of the total global losses. Poor sanitation results in water contamination that leads to widespread diseases and wastage of public resources Source: Report ‘True Cost of Sanitation’   DEPLETING GROUNDWATER   253 billion cubic metres   is the amount of groundwater extracted in India annually, which is the highest in the world. Fifty-four percent of India’s groundwater wells have declined over the past seven years, and 21 major cities are expected to run out of groundwater by 2020   Source : UNESCO World Water Development Report             As a step towards resolving the groundwater depletion problem, the Central Ground Water Authority of the Union Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation on December 12, 2018 notified revised guidelines for ground water extraction which will take effect on June 1, 2019. These revised guidelines provide for the:   Encouraged use of recycled and treated sewage water by industries. Provision of action against polluting industries. Mandatory requirement of digital flow meters, piezometers and digital water level recorders, with or without telemetry depending upon quantum of extraction. Mandatory water audit by industries abstracting ground water 500 m3/day or more in safe and semi-critical area and 200 m3/day or more in critical and over-exploited assessment units. Mandatory roof top rain water harvesting except for specified industries. Measures to be adopted to ensure prevention of ground water contamination in premises of polluting industries/ projects.   One of the important features of the revised guidelines is the introduction of the concept of Water Conservation Fee (WCF), the fee charged on extraction of ground water. The high rates of WCF are expected to discourage setting up of new industries in over-exploited and critical areas as well as may limit large scale ground water extraction by industries, especially in over-exploited and critical areas.    

2019: A crucial year for India’s renewable energy targets

Kushal SENGUPTA - 26-mars-2019 11:35:53

  India accounts for approximately 4 percent of the total global electricity generation and contributes 4.43 percent to the global renewable generation capacity. According to a Climatescope 2018 report by research organisation Bloomberg NEF (BNEF), India has become the largest market globally for auction of new renewable energy generation projects and the second-largest destination for clean energy investments. Globally, India stands at No. 5 in terms of total renewable energy installed capacity, behind only China, U.K., Germany and U.S. India’s goal is to achieve   175 GW of renewable capacity by 2022 which includes 100 GW of Solar power, 60 GW from wind power, 10 GW from biomass power and 5 GW from small hydro power.   As of January 2019, the total renewable power installed capacity (excluding large hydro) in the country stood at 74.08GW with wind comprising of 47% and solar comprising of 34 % of the total renewable energy mix in the country. The western and southern states account for around 90% of the installed solar capacity.   Wind and solar energy will play a key role in India’s ambitious target of meeting 175 GW by 2022. India ranks fourth in the world in terms of total installed wind power capacity. In 2018 (up to September), India added the second highest solar capacity in the world, after China. Solar installation in India is expected to increase 360 percent by 2020.   In 2018 the Governement of India took some major initiatives in the renewable energy sector :   100% electrification of all inhabited villages in India Prime Minister, Narendra Modi inaugurated the first general assembly of International Solar Alliance (ISA) India added approximately 9.5GW of renewable energy capacity—7GW of solar capacity and 2.5 GW of wind capacity The ministry of new and renewable energy released regular tenders, and 15GW of wind and solar capacity was allocated. India added a record 1.5GW of capacity rooftop solar market The ministry also promoted new avenues for renewable energy growth—floating solar, hybrid, large-scale solar manufacturing and off-shore—some of which got tremendous response from the industry.   The year 2019 will be crucial in deciding whether India can meet its renewable energy targets by 2022. The sector needs major technological and public policy interventions to successfully meet its target of 175GW by 2022 and the long-term target of achieving 40% of India’s electricity capacity from renewable sources by 2030. Non-conventional energy received FDI inflow of US$ 7.48 billion between April 2000 and December 2018. In order to reach the 2022 targets, India needs approximately $75 billion in investments over the next four years—both debt and equity capital.   Author : Kushal SENGUPTA Trade Advisor -Industry & Cleantech Department Business France Mumbai Source : Fortune India, Renew Power, Ministry of Renewable Energy India, IBEF

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Sophie Clavelier, Country Head   Welcome to the French Trade Commission Business France in India!     Our key mission is to promote trade relations between France and India. We assist French- based companies seeking potential partners and new markets in India, while helping Indian businesses to identify potential French suppliers, commercial and technical partners.   In India, our 4 offices are located in business hubs, New Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru and Chennai. We have a dedicated multicultural team of 38 experts in the following growing sectors: Agrofood Industry Industry and Cleantech Lifestyle and Healthcare Tech & Services Our Trade Commission also has a Press office in charge of helping French companies to communicate in India as well as a Market Access Department enabling them to better understand and adjust to the Indian regulatory and fiscal framework. In

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