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Attractiveness recognized, French innovation acclaimed!

Rejula ARUN - 18-juin-2019 14:37:48

United Arab Emirates June 18, 2019  – The “France Attractiveness Survey” published by EY records the international investments made in Europe each year and analyzes the perception that foreign economic decision-makers have of our country; as such, it measures real and perceived attractiveness compared with France’s leading competitors. Against a backdrop of falling investment decisions in Europe (-4% of projects recorded between 2017 and 2018) France confirmed its attractiveness, coming in second place of host countries in Europe, and recapturing the rank it had previously lost in 2010. With growth in projects of 1%, compared with a decrease of 13% in Germany, France posted 1,027 recorded projects and continues to build its image with economic decision-makers. The image of an industrial and innovative France emerges in this barometer, with a strong dynamic of R&D investments and the maintenance of France’s industrial leadership of Europe. For the first time, France is ranked first among European countries as a destination for innovative investments (with 144 projects). France also confirmed its leadership as a host country for industrial investments in Europe, with 339 recorded projects, or 5% more than in 2017, as it continued to hold top spot for more than 15 years. The perception survey that completes the report shows that since the start of 2019, France’s image has remained positive, despite a difficult social climate; 80% of investors set up in France declare themselves to be satisfied or very satisfied with their investments in France, while also highlighting that France must pursue its efforts to increase its attractiveness in fields as varied as education and training; reducing labor costs; reducing taxation; and supporting SMEs and mid-size companies. “France is modernizing its economy and investors are sensing this strongly as they make long-lasting investments in our country. These results can be read coherently with the record year for foreign investment recorded by Business France. The support provided by the government to high-tech industries and innovative projects, even though it must always be constantly supported, is helping our teams at Business France to convince people, and is helping investors to choose France as a destination for their European operations,” said Christophe Lecourtier, CEO of Business France. “France is convincing more and more decision-makers. The reforms being led and confirmed by the French government show the collective will that exists to make our country more competitive and attractive. From my recent meetings with investors from the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Hong Kong, Singapore, Berlin and New York, I know that this strong message about a France on the move is being heard. We remain strongly committed to make the potential of France better known, which is particularly necessary work with our non-European partners. We have to capitalize on this!” said Pascal Cagni, Chairman of the Board of Business France.   For more info, feel free to contact Business France: Miryem Oukas Messidi Head of Communications – Middle East Mobile: +971 (0)55 478 32 15  Mail : miryem.oukasmessidi@businessfrance.fr      


The French Business Council Dubai & Northern Emirates rallies its business community to support the French Pavilion at Expo 2020

Rejula ARUN - 06-mai-2019 13:00:37

The French Business Council Dubai & Northern Emirates rallies its business community to support the French Pavilion at Expo 2020 • Memorandum of Understanding signed about Expo 2020 • Gala diner under the theme of the French Pavilion at Expo 2020: Lights, Enlightenment • French Business Council Business Award ceremony • Very high levels representatives from both sides among them 2 Ministers  United Arab Emirates – May 6, 2019 - In the presence of H.E. Omar Sultan Al Olama,  Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence in the United Arab Emirates, the French Minister of Transport, Elisabeth Borne,  and H.E. Ludovic Pouille, French Ambassador to the UAE, the annual gala dinner of the French Business Council in Dubai & Northern Emirates, held on May 2nd at the iconic venue of Dubai Opera, celebrated United Arab Emirates and France common vision of building knowledge-based economy that harness innovation and improve the lives of their citizens.  This year’s Gala dinner was attended by more than a thousand guests, including local officials such as H.E. Najeeb Mohamed Al-Ali, Executive Director, Bureau Expo 2020, H.E. Majid Saif Al-Ghurair, Chairman of Dubai Chamber of Commerce & Industry, H.E. Hamad Buamim, President  & CEO of Dubai Chamber of Commerce & Industry and President of the Dubai Chamber and of the World Chambers Federation, as well as H.E. Mohamed Ali Musabbeh Al Nuaimi, Chairman of RAK Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and other local and French senior representatives. The celebration of the Gala dinner was held under the theme of ‘Lights, Enlightenment’, inspired by the French Pavilion named “Lumière, Lumières” and representing France at the 2020 World Expo. It aims to shed light on ‘fast-track transfer’ and embodies the ‘Lights’ concept. Initiated in France as early as the Eighteenth Century, it symbolizes exchange and transfer of knowledge. It reflects how France prevailed in many fields over centuries: arts, philosophy, culture, research, entrepreneurship and innovation. The evening started with a MoU signed between the French Business Council Dubai & Northern Emirates and Cofrex (Compagnie Française des Expositions – in charge of the French Pavilion at Expo 2020) in the presence of Elisabeth Borne, French Minister of Transport. This partnership agreement aims to develop synergies between the French Business Council Dubai & Northern Emirates and COFREX/France Pavilion to promote France before and during the 6 months of Expo 2020 by mobilizing the actors present in the country (companies, institutional partners, etc.) around joint projects. Speaking at the celebration dinner, Mr. Geoffroy Bunetel, President of the French Business Council Dubai & Northern Emirates stated: “We are now entirely “On the Road to the Expo” to contribute to making this event a big success for Dubai and to help France shine the way it deserves to.” During the evening, the French Business Council Award 2019 – Opportunity, winner, Agricool, has been rewarded for its involvement in developing urban farming. The company is a French startup revolutionizing AgTech, grows pesticide free, local and delicious fruits and vegetables in recycled containers calls “Cooltainers”, that you can find in The Sustainable City.    Sponsors and success partners of the annual event – including Diamond Sponsors FedEx, Chalhoub Group, Michelin and Schneider Electric – highlighted their long-standing experience and their respective activities during the whole evening. Note to Editors: About the French Business Council in Dubai & Northern Emirates: The French Business Council Dubai & Northern Emirates (FBC) is part of the French Chambers of Commerce network, the FBC is ranked 9th among French Chambers of Commerce abroad and first among French Chambers of Commerce in the Middle East. This non-profit organization is composed of around 800 members representing more than 400 French and international firms and organizes more than 100 events annually. The French Business Council seeks to facilitate communication and business relations between local and international communities.  Over the years, many business entrepreneurs have found an ideal location for business development and innovation in the UAE. The key moment of the annual Gala dinner was marked by the celebration of success stories and awards of excellence granted to Agricool.   


More than 1,100 guests to celebrate 30 years of France UAE collaboration in Dubai!

Rejula ARUN - 02-mai-2017 07:14:58

• 1st edition of French Tech Award, won by a Dubai based Entrepreneur • Middle East unveiling of PSA new vehicle, 3008 Peugeot United Arab Emirates, May 2nd 2017 - Under the Patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hasher bin Maktoum bin Juma Al Maktoum, Director General of Dubai Information Department and His Excellency Michel Miraillet, Ambassador of France to the UAE, Gala Dinner 2017 of the French Business Council in Dubai and Northern Emirates was attended by more than 1,100 representatives of French major companies, local partners and international VIP guests to honor 30 years of relationship between France and UAE. As the largest French business event in Dubai, the gala dinner was a historic evening celebrating 30 years of effective collaboration, ambitious projects and success of France in the UAE. This year, the ceremony has been marked by a new initiative to highlight the tech and digital startups in the UAE, in partnership with the French Tech Hub Dubai UAE and supported by its partner KPMG to audition the candidates. La French Tech is a label powered internationally by Business France, the national agency in charge of the international development of the French economy. The jury of high-level professional and institutional members awarded Marc Fleschen, Founder and CEO of ZERO.1, as the winner for the development of a Light Fidelity (LiFi) solution that uses LEDs to provide data. He received his award from the hands of Sebastien Bazin, Chairman and CEO of Accor Hotels, who specially came from France. France is one of UAE’s top trading partners in Europe and bilateral relations have strengthened in recent years, with 3.6 billion euros of exports. UAE is therefore the main market in the Gulf region. Both countries then share synergies while they remain attractive markets for foreign direct investment. Michel Miraillet, Ambassador of France to the UAE stated: “I wish to thank Dubai authorities for placing their trust in us. Today, a tourist comes to Dubai with an Airbus A380, takes a metro equipped by Thales, and catches a connection to the Tramway built by Alstom to reach his hotel operated by Accor Hotels chain”. FBC Gala Dinner was also a great occasion to highlight automotive innovation when PSA Group revealed in sneak preview its new 3008 Peugeot vehicles. EDF and Veolia demonstrated their strong position on the power and sustainability fields, and Chalhoub Group participated in the success of this event. “And beyond the well-known solutions of our large corporations, what France also has to offer to the UAE is a wide network of startups and SMEs that create a smarter and happier future!”, Miraillet added. END-  


Business France and the French Business Council just signed an agreement to support French Businesses & Trade in the United Arab Emirates

Rejula ARUN - 13-juin-2016 07:02:28

United Arab Emirates, 13 June 2016 - Business France, the national agency supporting the international development of the French economy and the French Business Council in Dubai & Northern Emirates signed an agreement to enhance business and trade of French companies in the UAE. The signed convention aims to offer a strategic partnership for the development of French SME’s abroad and especially in the United Arab Emirates. This agreement will establish a framework of cooperation in the following fields: BtoB commercial services, business establishments and promotions. Together, the two sides will put into effect a range of joint marketing activities, such as btob services, networking events, conferences and exhibitions to help French companies to strengthen ties with local businesses and increase French exports. The signing partnership was attended by H.E Michel Miraillet, Ambassador of France to the UAE, H.E Majdi Abed, Consul General of France in Dubai & northern emirates and both signatories, Marc Cagnard, Business France Director in the Middle East and Bruno de Reneville, president of the French Business Council in Dubai & Northern emirates. United Arab Emirates remain a key partner in economic terms: the largest market in the Middle East and 4th largest French trade surplus. Total volume of trade between France and UAE represent 5 billion euros. In 2015, French exports to the UAE represented 3.9 billion euros and French imports from the UAE meant 1.1 billion euros. UAE represents a quarter of French exports to the Middle East. French exporters were about 6000 in 2015, 60% of which were SMEs. Around 600 subsidiaries of French companies are present in the UAE. H.E Michel Miraillet, Ambassador of France to the UAE stated: “we have to keep in mind our ultimate goal is to structure French offer to meet Emirati expectations and hereafter to other Middle East markets, this strategic partnership is essential to work together on this”. The signing of this agreement reflects both parties’ commitment to reinforce ties between France Export organizations and ensure a high level of services to the French companies seeking to settle in the United Arab Emirates, Emirati investors exploring business opportunities in France and in projecting a strong image of France. About Business France: Business France is the national agency supporting the international development of the French economy, responsible for fostering export growth by French businesses, as well as promoting and facilitating international investment in France. It promotes France’s companies, business image and nationwide attractiveness as an investment location, and also runs the VIE international internship program. Business France recently launched its first international campaign called: “CREATIVE FRANCE”, in order to promote France’s economic attractiveness, strengthen perceptions towards France image and create positive conditions for French economic development. For more information: http://en.businessfrance.fr/ About the French Business Council: The French Business Council of Dubai & the Northern Emirates (FBC) was formed in 1987 and is a non-profit association under UAE law with 700 members. It was created to promote business relationships and increase economic and business relations between France and Dubai and the Northern Emirates. The FBC provides business support and recruitment services to French companies and businesspeople, with a team of 15 permanent staff and an Executive Committee of 13 elected board members. For more information: www.fbcdubai.com -Ends- Media contact: Miryem Oukas Messidi Miryem.oukasmessidi@businessfrance.fr +971 (0)55 478 3215


France & UAE share values of creativity 1,050 guests from the business community celebrated Creativity in Dubai!

Rejula ARUN - 03-mai-2016 13:05:16

United Arab Emirates, May 3rd - French major companies and SMEs, local partners and authorities as well as international VIP guests… all attended together the annual Gala Dinner of the French Business Council in Dubai and Northern Emirates, the largest French business community event of the year in the UAE! This remarkable evening took place on April 21st under the theme of creativity: ‘So French, So Creative!’ The French Business Council, a non-profit organization and business platform in Dubai, aims to promote economic and trade activities between France and the UAE by supporting a network of more than 700 members. The FBC Gala Dinner was a great occasion to highlight innovation and creativity values of France throughout the world, and especially in Dubai. The international campaign launched by the French government, CREATIVE FRANCE, was part of the evening to strengthen perceptions towards France image and create positive conditions for French economic development. Creative France was a partner of the French Business Council Gala to send out a strong and clear message: France is a global leader of creativity. H.E Michel Miraillet, Ambassador of France to the United Arab Emirates highlighted the strong synergies between both countries: “When it comes to creativity, the city of Dubai knows what it’s doing. The Gulf Metropolis experiences it and lives of it, every day. It’s in its DNA. Having risen from the desert in the space of a few decades, this metropolis was built on the vision, audacity and courage of a handful of visionaries and the leadership of Sheikh Mohamed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai, continuously driving initiatives. The Emirates, we’ll never say it enough, represent our most important trade outlet in the Gulf and our 4th highest export worldwide. France as we see it in Dubai is dynamic, ambitious, with a conquering spirit, diverse... and creative!” The gala was also marked by the presence of public personalities from political and business spheres: Bruno de Reneville, President of the French Business Council Dubai & Northern Emirates and David Douillet, Vice President of the Paris France region (and French former high level sportsman), who placed the French innovative know-how and expertise at the heart of their official speeches which contribute to Dubai economic dynamism. The highlights of this evening were: - The 1st edition of the ‘French creative entrepreneur award’ The winner, Julie Leblan, CEO and founder of Mylist.ae, the first online gift registry in the UAE, received her award from the hands of Hussain Al Jaziri, Honorary President of the FBC, and the famous Guillemot brothers, Chairmen, CEO and Co-founders of the global companies Ubisoft Entertainment and Gameloft. The ‘French creative entrepreneur award’ is part of the FBC mission to support start-ups and innovative SMEs. . - Worlwide premiere artistic show and technological demos The evening was punctuated by exceptional creative moments. In first part, the Creativity Village was the right place to discover new French innovations: Drones by PARROT, 3D experience by WOW, Hologram and Mechatronics by FRACTAL, Robot by BLUEFROG ROBOTICS, Wireless speakers by DEVIALET... Among the sponsors and partners of this exceptional evening, major Francophile companies like FedEx and Chalhoub Group, as well as French companies including Assystem, Veolia, EDF, benefited the large audience to demonstrate their creative and innovative expertise in the Middle East. The dinner was prepared by talented Chefs from prestigious restaurants and hotels for a unique culinary experience at their live cooking stations... A team coordinated by Chef Andreas Mensch, Executive Chef at Sofitel Dubai Jumeirah Beach. About the French Business Council  The French Business Council of Dubai & the Northern Emirates (FBC) was formed in 1987 and is a non-profit association under UAE law with 700 members. It was created to promote business relationships and increase economic and business relations between France and Dubai and the Northern Emirates. The FBC provides business support and recruitment services to French companies and businesspeople, with a team of 15 permanent staff and an Executive Committee of 13 elected board members. For more information: www.fbcdubai.com / FBC Facebook page / FBC Gala Dinner website -Ends- Media inquiries: Miryem Oukas Messidi Press office & Regional Development Mobile: +971 (0)55 478 32 15 Mail : miryem.oukasmessidi@businessfrance.fr  


What if we were to cast aside current preconceptions of France ?

Rejula ARUN - 17-avr.-2016 13:23:58

INDIA Taking care of business In India, the ‘Créative France’ campaign took off during French President François Hollande’s visit during the India-France Business Summit and the ensuing CEO Forum. The forum meets to discuss various business-related matters, such as immediate policy issues to encourage greater trade and investment, and acts as a way for business leaders to highlight their needs, interests and desired policy reforms for government consideration and action. It was here that ‘Créative France’ was formally launched in the country. UNITED STATES What happens in Vegas… “La French Tech” was a major success at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Nevada, with 190 French startups taking part. As French Minister for the Economy, Industry and Digital Affairs Emmanuel Macron points out, France created 1,500 start ups in 2015 alone, and boasts five so-called ‘unicorns’, rare startups valued at more than US$1 billion. Thirty percent of companies exhibiting at the startup venue Eureka Park at the CES this year were French, making France the third leading representative in this section of the show. SWITZERLAND Creativity for industry The ‘Créative France’ campaign attended the World Economic Forum 2016 Annual Meeting last month in Davos. Centered around the theme “Mastering the Fourth Industrial Revolution”, the WEF opened its doors to 2,500 participants, including entrepreneurs, heads of state and government, NGOs and academic representatives. Led by French Prime Minister Manuel Valls, France turned the spotlight onto nine startups and entrepreneurs: Famoco, Oledcomm, Devialet, Linkfluence, Digitsol / Zhor Tech, 10 Vins, Holi, Djit and Plume Labs. For Créative France, Davos was a celebration of France’s vibrant creativity and entrepreneurial spirit. Powered by Business France 2015, UBIFRANCE and INVEST IN FRANCE AGENCY join forces to create BUSINESS FRANCE Official website: http://creative.businessfrance.fr/  


Report on the ceremony of the Young French Professionnal Program Award (Grand Prix V.I.E)- – United Arab Emirates 2016

Rejula ARUN - 23-mars-2016 14:17:00

The 7th edition of the “Grand Prix VIE” United Arab Emirates, organized by the Foreign Trade Advisors (CCE) of France with the support of Business France, was closed on March 17th 2016 with the award ceremony of the prizewinners. The ceremony was held at the Eastern Mangrooves hotel in Abu Dhabi in the framework of the Middle East Section Annual Meeting of the CCE. The ceremony was attended by H.E. Michel Miraillet, French Ambassador in the United Arab Emirates; Alain Bentejac, President of the CNCCEF; Mikaïl Houari, Chairman of the CCE Emirati section; Marc Cagnard, Director of Business France office in United Arab Emirates; Patrick Erbs, Head of the Economic Department of the French Embassy to the UAE; representatives of the Franco-Emirati Chambers (French Business Council of Dubai and French Business Group of Abu Dhabi); etc. The 2016 edition gathered 15 candidates from French companies ofdifferent sectors and sizes, based in the UAE. The winners are: Grand Prix VIE – Large companies: Thomas Radiguet, Auditor Rares Gas & Helium, Air Liquide Grand Prix VIE – SME: Martin Saunier-Plumaz, Business developer, VIE working for several French SMEs. He is hosted in the premises of the French Business Council. He has carried out missions for the following companies: Advansolar, Quantaflow, STEAM France, Sunna Design. Performance Prize: Thibaut Guéroult, Technical Engineer/Business developer at Lefranc Company . He is hosted in the premises of Business France in Dubai. Prize of Adaptability to local life / Creativity: Laure Jardry, Project Manager / External relations, France Museums Agency-Louvre Abu Dhabi Special Prize of the Jury: Sébastien Herriau, Sales Manager Middle East, Chocolaterie Monbana The “Grand Prix VIE” enables to highlight the career of young French professionals, their personality, their human and professional qualities, and the export projects of French companies (especially dynamic and engaged SMEs). These VIE are “ambassadors” of France and they represent the creativity of France’s entrepreneurial network. An award on Creativity was newly given this year, in the framework of the French Campaign “Créative France”. The V.I.E program is a real success in the UAE, where more than 170 young French professional are hosted today, which means an increase of 13% within one year. Worldwide, there are more than 9 000 VIEs for 1 900 French companies.  


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