Swiss Ambassador Dr Ralf Heckner meets Maharashtra Governor

Says Switzerland will create Innovation Platform for businesses, universities

Mumbai (Thestates.news)| Stating that 330 Swiss companies are working in India, with half the companies operating in Maharashtra, the Ambassador of Switzerland to India Dr Ralf Heckner said the country is contemplating on creating an ‘Innovation Platform’ where businesses and universities will work together.

He said such platform will have premier institutions like IITs on board. He said if the experiment succeeds, it will be replicated in 22 other countries.

The Ambassador was speaking to Maharashtra Governor Ramesh Bais during a courtesy call at Raj Bhavan Mumbai on Tue (30 May).

The Ambassador told the Governor that he had met the heads of public and private universities in Pune. He added that Switzerland is looking forward to investment and innovation from India.

The Ambassador told the Governor that Switzerland is working closely with India to ink a Free Trade Agreement (FTA). He said FTA will help India realize Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s dream of making India a developed nation by 2047.

Welcoming the Ambassador to Maharashtra, Governor Ramesh Bais spoke of promoting university level collaboration between Maharashtra and Switzerland and stressed the need to promote student- exchange, faculty -exchange and cultural exchange. The Consul General of Switzerland in Mumbai Martin Maier was also present.