An exchange of ideas, research and technology between India and France to facilitate partnerships between the industries of both these countries will take place later this month. The “India-France Technology Summit” announced here on Wednesday was first mentioned during the visit of French President Francois Hollande in February.

“The summit is meant to be an “eco-system” of all things French and Indian in research, development, innovation and higher education,” said French Ambassador Francois Richier, while emphasising that nuclear energy will not be the focus of this meet.

The two-day summit, slated to begin in the city on October 23, will also have an exhibition of technology of both countries and will gather over 500 French and Indian participants, including companies, research organizations, universities, technological clusters, and agency departments.

The summit is being supported by the Department of Science and Technology, the Confederation of Indian Industry and the French Embassy in India.

The key focus for any technological partnership between India and France, however, will be in areas like “Cities, Energy and Climate”, “Biotechnology, Agri-food and Health”, “Aerospace and Aeronautics” and “Chemicals and Materials.”

The opening ceremony and inaugural conference will be followed by 27 roundtables and about 40 to 50 15-minute technology showcases. This is to provide opportunities for the Indian and French public and private sectors to demonstrate their latest innovations and meet potential partners to develop new technologies and create new synergies in bilateral collaborations.

All stakeholders, public and private, will meet their counterparts and form networks to address common challenges for the future. The summit will provide CII with a key opportunity to showcase projects of Indian companies. Furthermore, all Indian businesses working on emerging technologies have been invited to participate in this endeavour.

The technology summit is also meant to mark the official launch of the India-France job opportunities board, bringing together the human resource heads of the French companies in India with a view to promoting opportunities offered for Indian students who have pursued higher education in France.