EBTC inks pact with Bengal trade body

February 16th, 2011 - 7:59 pm ICT by IANS  

Kolkata, Feb 16 (IANS) The European Business and Technology Centre (EBTC) Wednesday signed an agreement with a trade body in West Bengal to enhance collaboration opportunities between Europe and India with special focus on the eastern part of the country.”The agreement was signed between EBTC and Bengal Chamber of Commerce (BCC). EBTC also launched its centre here,” said EBTC director Poul V. Jensen.

“The centre will build synergies among the chambers of commerce of EU (European Union) members states and work together with the existing European business association in India and Europe. It will also interface between public policy makers and private players, raising awareness about existing European programmes in the field of science and technology as well as business and industry cooperation,” he said.

Daniele Smadja, ambassador and head of the delegation of the European Union to India, said: “We expect the new centre to further foster links between European and Indian business as well as between science and technology with the view to promote the EU interests and respond to the demands of the Indian market. The centre will also promote sustainable clean technologies in India in general and in the eastern part of the country in particular.”

Jensen said the agreement will focus on clean technology transfer and development in the country.

Speaking at the conference on ‘Perspective on Climate negotiations and Clean Technologies’, Jensen said: “Our partnership with BCC will be instrumental to address climate change mitigation efforts in business and industry as part of a business strategy of corporates by becoming environmentally sound, energy efficient and consuming less energy.”

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