Representatives from a ten member business-delegation visited Colombo on March 4 and 5 . 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 and 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..
This delegation was led by Jean Paul Monchau, Ambassador of France in Sri Lanka and the Maldives