Indian Roads Congress & French Ministry Signs MoU in the Field of Road Transport & Highways

The Indian Roads Congress & the Ministry of Ecology, Energy, Sustainable Development and Sea, France have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to promote international cooperation and to foster technical & scientific co-operation in the field of road policy, construction, maintenance and road transport. The MoU was signed in the presence of Minister of Road Transport & Highways Shri Kamal Nath and Ms Nathalie Kosciusko Morizet, Minister of Ecology, Sustainable Development, Transport & Housing, France on Wednesday during Minister Nath’s visit to Paris.

The MoU will promote collaboration between the highway experts of the two countries in the field of planning, design, construction, operation, maintenance and financing of highway including bridges and tunnels. The MoU will provide a forum for analysis and discussion on full spectrum of related issues including roads’ administration and management policies, equipment, materials and consumable products, road finance and economics, technology, safety and environment.

The signing of the MoU was preceded by a technical meeting of the Joint Working Group between India and France under the exisitng Memorandum of Cooperation between Indian and France in the Roads Sector. Both Ministers agreed to strengthen bilateral cooperation, including holding of a joint working group on roads regularly, exchange of information on policies, programs, laws and regulations relating to highways and exchange of publications and journals on road science and technology.

France will be organizing a Public Private Partnership Seminar in New Delhi from 7-9 March, 2011, where a large number of French Companies will be participating. This was decided during a meeting between Minister Nath and Minister Morizet. This is indicative of the active interest being shown by the French companies in enhancing their engagement with India in the Infrastructure sector. Large number of French companies active in infrastructure sector viz. Roads, power and railways etc. are likely to participate. These would also include companies involved in manufacturing of plant & equipment, specialized materials, ITS etc.

Minister Kamal Nath also chaired a round table meeting with the French companies which saw participation from leading French Companies such as Vinci, Egeis, Steria, Citilong, Benoit Chavet and Mosselle.

In the meeting with members of Greater Paris Investment Agency, Ms. Christine Lagarde, French Minister for Finance and Industry, and Minister Nath re-affirmed continuance and strengthening of cooperation between the two countries.

An Indian Delegation led by Minister Road Transport & Highways, Shri Kamal Nath visited Paris, France from 4-6 January, 2011 at the invitation of Minister of Ecology, Sustainable development, Transport & Housing, France to encourage and strengthen bilateral exchanges in the road sector.

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