For taking forward India\u2019s Digital initiatives, India and France on Saturday inked a Rs 4,500 crore three year contract for getting supercomputers to be used for academic and research institutions across the country. The two countries also decided to launch projects together in Africa, particularly in the area of sustainable development in connection with the International Solar Alliance (ISA) and adopted Status of Progress for Implementation of Industrial Way Forward Agreement related to the Jaitapur Power Plant. Announcing this at the joint press meet at the end of talks with her French Counterpart French minister of Europe and Foreign Affairs Jean Yves Le Drian, external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj said that, \u201cThe work on the Jaitapur Power Plant will start as soon as possible. Both sides have made considerable progress in pursuance of the Industrial Way Forward Agreement in 2018 between NPCIL and EDF (\u00c9lectricit\u00e9 de France, Nuclear electric power generation company).\u201d Earlier in the day, an agreement with France-based European Information Technology Corporation Atos by Centre for Development of Advanced Computing was inked for designing, building and installing the BullSequana \u2013 the supercomputer. Also read|\u00a0Facebook Watch: The video platform eyes an expansion while news show funding gets slashed The delivery of BullSequana supercomputers which is expected to start next year is expected to create a network of over 70 high-performance supercomputing facilities for various academic and research institutions across India. As India gears up to become a leader in high-performance supercomputers through its National Supercomputing Mission, a programme launched by the government in 2015 will enable France to contribute to the success of this project. According to a statement issued by the Embassy of France, New Delhi, \u201cIt has been awarded to Atos under the National Supercomputing Mission (NSM), a scheme of Rs 4500 crores (\u20ac550 M \/ $650 M) spread over seven years. This agreement is of special importance as Atos has thus become India\u2019s preferred industrial partner in a highly strategic field.\u201d It was inked in the presence of the visiting French minister of Europe and Foreign Affairs Jean Yves Le Drian and Ajay Prakash Sawhney, secretary - Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology. "India and France have a strategic partnership and we are two nations that innovate a lot. It is true that supercomputers are a necessity and not a luxury. We often say that data for the 21st century is what oil was to the 20th century, we are using data in a massive way and that raises questions of ethics. India and France share not only interests but also values that require us to use technology for good for humanity," the visiting minister said. According to him, "India and France have the same vision of what cyberspace should and we would like to deepen our cooperation in areas of cyberspace in R&D or regulation for digital technology." The contract would clear the way for the Atos to deploy its Bull Sequana supercomputers in India to build a network with a cumulative computing power of more than 10 petaflops. The high-performance computing facilities, which the Atos will deploy in India, will include the corporation's advanced BullSequana XH2000. The visiting minister who is on his 16th visit to India met with external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj and reviewed the entire gamut of issues of both regional and global of mutual interest as well as status of the projects initiated when the French President had visited India earlier this year. Addressing a joint media meet, Jean said that, \u201cSix EPRs account for a total capacity of almost 10 GW, which is a significant contribution to India\u2019s aim of producing 40% of its electricity from non-fossil fuels by 2030, in keeping with its commitments made ahead of the Paris Climate Conference.\u201d Adding, \u201cThe Jaitapur project will also contribute to make in India as it involves transfers of production, technology, joint research and training.\u201d The EPR is a third generation pressurised water reactor (PWR) design, and six EPRs are expected to be constructed in Jaitpur which is among the projects India plans to build to raise its nuclear power generation capacity to 22,480 MW by 2031.