A high-level Swedish Transport Delegation led by Ambassador Jonas Hafström, Senior Advisor to the Swedish Minister for Trade, this week visited Bangalore, Ahmedabad and New Delhi. Part of the C&C Alpha Group’s, Shanti Hospitality portfolio, Hotel Hyatt Ahmedabad hosted the delegation whilst they were in the Ahmedabad area.
The aim of the visit was to identify areas within transport and urban planning with potential for further collaboration between Sweden and India. Swedish companies Ericsson, Gunnebo, Volvo Group and Scania were also a part of this delegation.
Chief Minister of Karnataka Mr. Siddaramaiah inaugurated a workshop titled “The Way to Sustainable Transport: An Indo- Swedish Perspective” which was also attended by H.E. Mr Harald Sandberg, Ambassador of Sweden to India and several senior members of the Karnataka government. A bilateral meeting between the parties was also held. This workshop comes as a follow-up visit to a journey that the Government on Karnataka conducted to Sweden earlier in August this year.
At the event, the Embassy of Sweden, the Consulate General of Sweden in Mumbai, Business Sweden and the Swedish Chamber of Commerce India launched the seventh edition of the “Sweden India Business Guide”.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Hafström said, “Through its innovations, Sweden has continuously developed companies that can provide sustainable solutions to public and private customers with a high life cycle profit. One example discussed today was the transport sector with state of the art green logistics solutions, including ICT for smart cities.”
Ambassador Sandberg said, “This workshop is a platform for exchange of best practices for appropriate solutions to the benefit of people and the environment in the long run. Sweden has state-of-the-art technologies in many areas, we would be happy to share our knowledge to create turn around for the environment here. Swedish companies, present in India since more than 100 years, have a long term commitment to this country. Today around 135 companies employ directly almost 150 000 persons, and many more through sub-providers.”
The delegation then goes to Ahmedabad for bilateral meetings with the Chief Minister of Gujarat and more workshops, before continuing to New Delhi where it will meet with high ranking Government officials in the Ministries of Urban Development; Road Transport & Highways; Commerce; Telecom and Finance, for discussions on various topics.
Also in Delhi, Ambassador Hafström and Ambassador Sandberg will attend the launch of the Indian government’s “Make in India” campaign together with Swedish companies.