SRINAGAR, June 9: Alexandre Ziegler, Ambassador of France, accompanied by Jean-Marc FENET, Minister-Counsellor and Head, Economic Relations, Florian Cardinaux, Counsellor and Romain OTAL, Counsellor called on Governor N. N. Vohra at the Raj Bhavan today.
Ambassador discussed with Governor various matters of India- France mutual interest. Governor suggested to Ambassador to explore, through the Kashmir Chamber of Commerce, the possibility of establishing joint ventures and observed that fruit processing units offered a very good possibility.
Ambassador of France also called on the Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti.
During the meeting, the two had extensive discussions on areas of education, economy, tourism and urban infrastructure.
The Chief Minister apprised the visiting envoy of many developmental initiatives by her Government to strengthen infrastructure in the State besides boosting sectors like horticulture, handicrafts and tourism. She sought French expertise in tapping solar energy and lake rejuvenation in the State besides latest technologies in solid waste management.
The French envoy evinced keen interest in the education sector of the State. He informed the Chief Minister that student exchange between his country and India has doubled in the last two years.
The Alexandre Ziegler is accompanied by a high level delegation of French Embassy in New Delhi.