En­voy to hon­our Premji with high­est French civil­ian award

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Ben­galuru: French Am­bas­sador to In­dia Alexan­dre Ziegler will con­fer global soft­ware ma­jor Wipro Chair­man Azim Premji with the high­est French civil­ian award Che­va­lier del la Le­gion d’Hon­neur (Knight of the Le­gion of Hon­our) on Wed­nes­day here, said its con­sulate on Tues­day, Novem­ber 27.

“The award is in recog­ni­tion of Premji’s con­tri­bu­tion to de­vel­op­ing the IT (In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy) in­dus­try in In­dia, his eco­nomic out­reach in France and his con­tri­bu­tion to so­ci­ety as a phi­lan­thropist through the Azim Premji Foun­da­tion and Univer­sity,” said the con­sulate in a state­ment here.

Ziegler said it would be a priv­i­lege for him to con­fer the in­signia of Knight of the Le­gion of Hon­our on renowned tech mag­nate and phi­lan­thropist Premji.

The 73-year-old Ben­galuru-based Premji is a bil­lion­aire with $15.6 bil­lion net worth and gave the fifth-high­est amount ($8 bil­lion) to char­ity.

Ziegler will also meet rep­re­sen­ta­tives of 30 French in­no­va­tive firms in the city on Wed­nes­day evening.

The firms in­clude early stage and large tech­nol­ogy firms spe­cial­is­ing and de­vel­op­ing dig­i­tal so­lu­tions in ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence, big data, cy­ber se­cu­rity, cloud com­put­ing, con­nected de­vices, ma­chine learn­ing and su­per­com­put­ing.

Large French dig­i­tal firms have a foot­print in In­dia, em­ploy­ing over 1,30,000 peo­ple at their re­search and de­vel­op­ment (R&D) cen­tres and fa­cil­i­ties.

“The meet­ing will fa­cil­i­tate the de­vel­op­ment of an en­tre­pre­neur­ial ecosys­tem that draws in­spi­ra­tion from the French Tech move­ment, a global com­mu­nity made up of a new gen­er­a­tion of en­trepreneurs, in­vestors, en­gi­neers and in­no­va­tors un­der one ban­ner,” added the state­ment.

“Ziegler’s two-day visit to In­dia’s tech hub will fos­ter the part­ner­ship be­tween the two coun­tries in IT and in­no­va­tion,” it said.

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