French companies keen to enhance Bengal presence

Kolkata, Aug 19 (IANS) France’s Ambassador to India Alexandre Ziegler on Friday said French companies are looking to enhance their presence in West Bengal.

On his maiden visit to the state, the envoy held discussions with state Finance Minister Amit Mitra. He is to meet Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee as well as business captains from the state.

“We had very fruitful talks with the Finance Minister and Bengal surely is a part of the French investment scheme in India.

“Bengal is developing very very quickly and the energy that I felt coming here, I am sure, the French companies will also feel. The presence of these companies is going to increase from what we have now,” Ziegler told mediapersons.

While as many as 394 major French conglomerates are doing business across India, their presence in West Bengal was just four percent.

Present in sectors like IT and services, Ziegler said the French companies are looking to invest in information and technology, services and food processing among others.

“This part of India is developing very fast, its dynamic. We have to bring more French companies here,” said Ziegler, adding that the Banerjee government’s annual global business summit can play a role in attracting French investment.



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