The Republic of India is located in South Asia and bordered by the Indian Ocean to the west, south and east. It shares a border with Pakistan to the northwest, China, Nepal, and Bhutan to the north and northeast, and Bangladesh and Burma to the east. India covers a surface area of 3,287,263 sq.kms. With nearly 1.324 billion inhabitants, it is the second most populous country in the world and generates a GDP of nearly US$2.6 billion (source: World Bank, 2016).
Enjoying strong growth, the Indian economy is driven by a rapid development of its tertiary sector, with more than half of the GDP coming from services. Industry is the 2nd biggest sector, while agriculture contributes just under 1/5th of the national wealth. The consolidation of the Indian economy’s fundamentals makes it a country with very high potential.
France and India launched a strategic partnership in 1998, which strongly favoured the strengthening of bilateral exchanges. French exports are driven by transport equipment, electronics, pharmaceuticals and agri-food. Indian exports to France almost exclusively concern industrial products, including refined products. The French are among the leading foreign investors in India. More than 1,000 French companies from all sectors are present in India, employing 300,000 people.
In order to meet the needs of its customers on the Indian market, Simon Associés has developed privileged relations with economic and legal partners locally.