Bureau de France in Hyderabad: France expands its network in India – Defence News

Bureau de France in Hyderabad: France expands its network in India – Defence News

The “Bureau de France in Hyderabad”, as announced earlier this year, was inaugurated at T-Hub by the Ambassador of France to India, Thierry Mathou. The decision to establish a Bureau de France in Hyderabad, and a Consulate General of India in Marseille, was announced by the President of the French Republic, Emmanuel Macron, and the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, in Paris on 14th July 2023, and reiterated on 26th January 2024 during the State visit to India of President Macron on the occasion of India’s Republic Day.

The Bureau de France in Hyderabad is a branch office of the Consulate General of France in Bangalore, whose jurisdiction covers Karnataka, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. It is located in Hyderabad’s T-Hub, the largest innovation campus in the world. T-Hub’s proven framework has nurtured over 2,000 startups and spearheaded 100+ innovation programs, underscoring its commitment to entrepreneurial success and collaboration. With the opening of this Bureau, France seeks to create more connections with Telangana’s thriving innovation ecosystem, promote business ties in sectors such as space, tech and industry, and facilitate scientific and research exchanges.

The Bureau de France will also provide the growing community of French citizens living and working in Telangana with basic consular support on behalf of the Consulate General in Bangalore.

On this occasion, the Ambassador of France to India, Thierry Mathou said: “I am very proud to inaugurate today the Bureau de France in Hyderabad. The fact that France has decided to expand its network in India is a reflection of our confidence and ambition for the future of Indo-French ties. I want to thank all the Indian partners who have made this possible, particularly T-Hub and the Government of Telangana. Hyderabad with T-Hub and Paris with Station F host the world’s top two incubators. The fact that France is the first country to have an office in T-Hub is a sign of how much we can achieve together by bringing our innovation ecosystems closer together.”

Mahankali Srinivas Rao (MSR), CEO, T-Hub, said, “At T-Hub, we are excited to witness the inauguration of the Bureau de France in Hyderabad. This collaboration marks a pivotal moment in fostering innovation and collaboration between France and Telangana. Together, we look forward to harnessing the synergies between our nations, unlocking new opportunities, and driving meaningful impact in the global innovation landscape.”

A major investment destination, Telangana is already home to major French tech companies, such as Capgemini, well established in Hyderabad, and many others. As France looks to expand its economic partnership with Telangana in several areas, such as the aerospace industry – Safran, GMR/ADP, space – with the outstanding cooperation between ISRO and CNES, tech services, and smart cities, Telangana’s effective policy to facilitate foreign investments, and hire excellent skills has made Hyderabad the perfect place for the Bureau de France.

The French diplomatic and consular network in India, one of France’s largest in the world, comprises the Embassy of France in New Delhi, the four consulate generals (Mumbai, Puducherry-Chennai, Bengaluru and Kolkata) and two Bureaus de France (Chennai and Hyderabad). 

The special inauguration ceremony took place in the presence of Mahankali Srinivas Rao, CEO of T-Hub Hyderabad, Thierry Berthelot, Consul General of France in Bangalore, and D Sridhar Babu, Minister for Information Technology, Electronics, Communications, Industries and Commerce, government of Telangana.

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