• Tue. Mar 5th, 2024

France Names Gérard Mestrallet as Emissary for Indian-Middle Eastern-European Economic Corridor Project


Feb 13, 2024
Ex-Engie CEO selected as France’s representative for European-Asian logistics project.

Gérard Mestrallet, former CEO of Engie and ex-president of Suez, has been appointed as the emissary for the logistics integration corridor project between Europe and Asia, known as the India-Middle East-Europe Economic Corridor (Imec). The Imec project aims to stimulate commercial relations between India, the Middle East, and Europe, while offering economic growth and a low-carbon transition.

As France’s first emissary designated among the participating countries, Mestrallet is tasked with identifying ports, railway, and energy infrastructures to assess existing and forecast future flows. The port of Marseille may play a significant role in the project due to its expertise in transportation and energy. Mestrallet will also support French companies positioning themselves for the project’s calls for tenders.

The Imec project will take the form of a rail link and includes the construction of an electric cable, a clean hydrogen pipeline, and a high-speed data cable. French President Emmanuel Macron hopes to position Marseille as the European “bridgehead” of the project by emphasizing France’s expertise in transportation and energy. He also wants to diversify sources of supply and strengthen economic, energy, and health security in Europe.

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