The French government today named Ms. Véronique Bédague-Hamilius as France’s Ambassador for International Investment, Chairman and CEO of the Invest in France Agency (IFA), and Managing Director of UBIFRANCE.
Paris, March 12, 2014
In her role as France’s Ambassador for International Investment, and Chairman and CEO, Ms. Bédague-Hamilius will lead the Invest in France Agency (IFA), responsible for promoting and facilitating international investment in France. Concurrently, she will also lead UBIFRANCE, the French agency for international business development, which supports exports by French SMEs and mid-size companies.
These two agencies are to be merged to form a single organization with 1,500 employees in 70 countries. “I am very pleased that the French President has appointed me to a strategic position for France’s international economic policy. Along with the teams from the IFA and UBIFRANCE, I am convinced that we will rise to the challenge of merging these two complementary organizations, with a view to raising France’s profile abroad, supporting French company exports, and serving France’s regions”, declared Ms. Bédague-Hamilius following her appointment.
Ms. Bédague-Hamilius had previously held the position of Secretary General of the City and local authority of Paris since 2008, heading 50,000 public service employees, after having been Finance Director at City Hall from 2002 to 2008. Prior to this period, she also held a number of positions in the Budget Department at the Ministry for the Economy and Finances, and worked as an economist at the International Monetary Fund in Washington DC.
The Invest in France Agency (IFA) is the national agency responsible for promoting and facilitating international investment in France. It also coordinates initiatives to promote France’s economic attractiveness. The IFA network operates worldwide, with offices in France as well as in North and South America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. In France, the IFA works in partnership with regional development agencies to offer international investors outstanding business opportunities and customized services. For further information, please visit: www.investinfrance.org
UBIFRANCE, the French Agency for international business development , is an industry and trade public institution under the administrative supervision of the Minister of Trade, Finance, of the Minister of Foreign Trade and the Treasury Department.
UBIFRANCE has a network of more than 1400 multicultural agents in France and worldwide - 80 offices in 70 countries – dedicated to the support of SME and ISE for export activities.
UBIFRANCE also runs the V.I.E scheme (Volontariat International en Entreprise). www.ubifrance.fr
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UBIFRANCE - French Trade Commission and 11 French companies showcased their collections during the Best of France Pavilion at the Accessorie Circuit tradeshow which was held at Pier 94 in New York from May 2nd to 4th, 2011
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CLS is the worldwide leader of satellite-based environmental data collection and location. CLS is a major contributor to global efforts to protect the environment and enhance security. CLS solutions offer direct operational support to government institutions and industries working in these areas. CLS America is based in Washington, D.C., with headquarters in Largo, Maryland. The company has recruited approximately 15 V.I.E candidates in the last 10 years.
Chris Estes, Director of Information Technology, explains the main benefits of the V.I.E Program for CLS America:
"Since the beginning, CLS America has used the V.I.E program to enhance our staff with talented and capable individuals. Being a subsidiary of a French company (SME), it is of great use to train our V.I.Es in France and then have them come to the U.S. This helps to build a bond between our organizations and makes the relationship and flow of information between the companies very effective.
Our usual V.I.E candidate comes from an engineering background with experience in computer science. This background is vital in preparing a career as a software engineer. Our V.I.E candidates are usually assigned as trainees in software engineering, managing evolving software systems, providing second-tier technical support, and developing new software applications. Since the beginning, the V.I.E program has provided us with outstanding candidates, who have always performed above our expectations."
Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank is a global relationship bank that focuses on commercial and investment banking products and services for corporate and institutional clients. Crédit Agricole CIB Americas’ headquarters are in New York City, with regional offices in Chicago, Dallas, and Houston. In average, the bank recruits over 40 V.I.E candidates every year.
Christophe Tokarski, Managing Director in the Capital Market Counterparty Risk department, tells us about his experience with the V.I.E program:
“Through the V.I.E program we have the opportunity to work with long term trainees that are highly educated and therefore can become quickly productive and valuable for the department. They can easily communicate with the Head Office in France where everybody is not that comfortable with the English language. Besides a good academic background, we appreciate the reliability, dynamism and curiosity of V.I.Es.
The management of the V.I.E program is really easy as UBIFRANCE deals with the administrative aspects (contracts, monthly allowances, medical insurance, etc.). Another important benefit of the program for our Group is the opportunity to hire V.I.Es at the end of their missions, if they have well performed. A number of them are then hired by the Group, in France or in other countries”.
Schneider Electric is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of equipment for electrical power distribution and for industrial control and automation.
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Dalet Digital Media Systems USA is a software vendor for content providers. The company employs more than 22 people in the U.S. and has recruited more than 20 V.I.E candidates in the last 10 years.
Stéphane Guez, CEO, tells us what he thinks about the UBIFRANCE V.I.E Program:
“The V.I.E has provided an excellent training opportunity for both the volunteer and our company. The program enables us to assess first-hand the ability of the young person to adapt to new and sometimes challenging situations in a competitive environment.
The V.I.Es we recruit come from the best schools, are well-trained and possess strong technical skills. They are very motivated, enthusiastic and open-minded. This is important to our business, which depends heavily on the quality of our employees. More than half of our V.I.Es joins our company, often in the French headquarters or within our subsidiaries abroad. Today, a good portion of Dalet executives are former V.I.Es who joined the company 5 or 10 years ago!”
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From March 6th to 8th, 2011, UBIFRANCE – The French Trade Commission organized the very first French Pavilion at the International Home and Housewares Show in Chicago . In case you didn’t get the opportunity to stop by, please follow the individual links below to learn more about some of the products present on the pavilion or watch all of the testimonials here .
Solar Barbecues , IDCOOK
Ice.bag , Gimex International
Trendy Cutlery , Claude Dozorme
Classic Knives , Laguiole en Aubrac
History of Cutlery , Vauzy Chassangue
Kitchen Gadgets , Siguret Concept
Bamboo Bowls , Bibol
French Table Linens , Tissage Moutet
French Tablecloths , Beauvillé
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About the French Food Connection 2011:
"First, I was amazed by the levels of the guest speakers. They were smart and their presentations very interesting for French natives who don’t know the US market. Especially the regional differences just within the US. Second, all the Ubifrance people were really devoted to us and tried to fulfill all our expectations/needs. Finally, I was happy with the number of attendees and the quality time we had with them. Very Good show, organization well rounded, hope to do it again next year!"
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Check out what François Nadal, CEO of myERP, had to say about the French Tech Tour 2010, with UBIFRANCE.
Watch the interview of Pascale Vicat - Blanc, CEO of LYaTiss and find out more about her experience at the French Tech Tour 2010, with UBIFRANCE.
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UBIFRANCE, the French agency for international business development, comes under the aegis of France’s Ministry for the Economy, Industry & Employment. UBIFRANCE lies at the heart of France’s public-sector export support framework.