As the first emissary designated among the participating countries, Gérard Mestrallet has been appointed by French President Emmanuel Macron to serve as the emissary for the logistics integration corridor project between Europe and Asia, known as the India-Middle East-Europe Economic Corridor (Imec). This project is designed to stimulate commercial relations between India, the Middle East, and Europe and serves as an alternative to the new “Chinese Silk Roads”. An agreement in principle has already been signed by several countries and the European Union, with the logistics corridor project expected to offer economic growth and low-carbon transition.
The Imec project will take the form of a rail link and is expected to accelerate trade between India and Europe by 40%. Additionally, it 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, emphasizing the expertise of French companies in transportation and energy.
As part of his mission, Mestrallet will identify ports, railway, and energy infrastructures to assess existing and forecast future flows. The port of Marseille may play a significant role in this project, especially in terms of receiving hydrogen. The mission also includes positioning France as the main entry and exit point for future corridor traffic in Europe. With a focus on diversifying sources of supply and strengthening economic, energy, and health security.
French companies are very interested in this project