Hosts Iftaar for French ambassador
Srinagar: A delegation of the Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) held an interactive meeting with the Ambassador of France, Alexandre Zeigler, Jean-Marc Fenet, Minister Counsellor for Economic & Financial Affairs and other members of the French Embassy at Hotel Taj Vivanta over Iftaar hosted by KCCI in honour of the ambassador.
The chamber appreciated the visit of the French ambassador to Kashmir and hoped that this visit would result in the relaxation of negative advisories vis-à-vis Kashmir and development of trade ties. Alexandre Zeigler was apprised about the historic relationship Kashmir shared with France and how much the traditional Kashmiri handicrafts used to be in demand in France even in the 18th century, a statement issued here read.
Detailed discussions were held about important sectors like handicrafts, tourism, education, solar and hydro power generation, industry, agriculture and others. The chamber invited the attention of the visitors towards the abundance of natural resources in Kashmir requiring technological support and exploration. It was felt that “proper utilisation of these resources could boost our economy by unlocking the rich potential of our resources”, the statement read.
KCCI also proposed facilitation of exchange programs, study tours and marketing exhibitions for various sectors. The chamber requested Alexandre Zeigler to consider keeping a special quota for the state with regard to scholarships for students. Showing keen interest in the proposals put forth by the KCCI, the French delegation expressed desire to work towards lending expertise and resources for the exploration and development of various sectors of the local economy. Alexandre Zeigler stated that the possibility of tie-ups between local entrepreneurs and French companies giving access to the vast French markets would be explored immediately.
With a view of ensuring regular follow-up and interaction, KCCI proposed setting up of a joint working group under the name ‘Kashmir-French Economic Group’ for further exploration of areas and sectors of mutually beneficial interest which could open new avenues of employment and entrepreneurship for the business community of Jammu and Kashmir, read the statement.
The delegation was led by KCCI Senior Vice President, Nasir Hamid Khan and included Muzzaffer Majid Jan, Vijay Dhar, Rauf Punjabi, Mustaq Wani, Fayaz Ahanger and Majid Aslam Wafai as delegation members.