French Business Delegation on Urban Infrastructure Development 04th & 05th March - Colombo
Representatives from a ten member business-delegation visited Colombo on the 4th and the 5th March 2014. This business delegation comprised of French companies in the field of urban infrastructure, especially transport. French companies present in India and Singapore were also represented during this mission. Participating French companies included Alstom Transport, Bouygues Batiment International, Dassault Systemes, DTP Terrassement, Egis International, Signes-Paysages, Systra, Veolia Transport RATP, Vinci Concession and Unibridge.
The main area of interest for the business-delegation was the modernization of urban mass transport systems. The renovation/electrification of the urban rail network as well as improving road access was also discussed with the local authorities. During most discussions, financing under public-private partnerships was considered the best option and the participating French companies took note of the investment concepts put forward by their counterparts.
France has experienced a surge in urban public transport since the 1970s. First with the creation of metro lines in the largest cities, then with the launch of many modern tram networks in the Paris region and in medium-sized cities, and, more recently, with the creation of rapid transit bus lanes when heavy modes were not justified.
During their visit, the business delegation held meetings with the Mayor and the Municipal Commissioner of Colombo, with the Secretary to the Ministry of Highways, Ports and Shipping, with the Secretary to the Ministry of Transport and with the Secretary to the Ministry of Water Supply and Drainage.
This delegation was led by H.E. Jean-Paul MONCHAU, Ambassador of France in Sri Lanka and the Maldives.
Read here, the article published in Daily FT : http://www.ft.lk/2014/03/07/french-biz-delegation-on-urban-infrastructure-development-in-town/