As French President Emmanuel Macron arrives in India for his second meeting with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the timing could not have been better. With both economies soaring high and doing well, the meeting is expected to bring further strategic inferences that will benefit the two countries.
The French President will be attending the founding ceremony of the International Solar Alliance on Sunday in New Delhi, inaugurating a solar energy project in Uttar Pradesh. The visit is also crucial in terms of reinforcing Indo-French relations in multiple domains – ranging from strategic and defence ties to cultural and business. If successful, this will transform the face of Indo-French bilateral business relations, that was long due.
Will France, a dependable ally, give a push to the Indo-French defence ties and move beyond buyer seller relationship during the visit of President Emmanuel Macron to India? Though a dependable partner for decades, India and France are yet to realise optimum potential.
Indo-French food processing business relations remain one of their weakest links. Though there is scope for innovations, collaborations, technology transfers and expansions, the partnership is yet to unfold its full potential.
India is taking a number of green initiatives and switching to renewable energy for its upcoming major projects. Trade ports, railway stations, and zoos are smartly and creatively being developed to minimise carbon emissions, making the country a fast growing green energy consumer. The country is also receiving aid from its international associates such as France, who are helping it achieve its ambitions.
As India faces a shortage in skilled personnel, collaborating with both public and private players from France can provide a way to address this gap in some sectors, with a few tie ups already beginning to take shape.