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Digitalization at the forefront of the 4th UAE France Oil and Gas Connecting Days

Rejula ARUN - 18-avr.-2019 11:51:36
PRESS RELEASE   Digitalization at the forefront of  the 4th UAE France Oil and Gas Connecting Days    United Arab Emirates; April 2019: Business France jointly with EVOLEN, and the French Business Group hosted the 4th annual UAE France Oil and Gas Connecting Days in the beginning of April in Abu Dhabi. Launched under the patronage of His Excellency Ludovic Pouille, Ambassador of France to the United Arab Emirates, the two-day forum focused on Digitalization, Energy Efficiency, New Technologies for Gas Processing and Plant Operations. The topics presented in a series of presentations of new solutions by the French innovative companies participating, towards ADNOC Group’s Key decision makers.   Since 2015, the UAE France Oil and Gas Connecting Days has become an essential rendez-vous between UAE and France in the Oil & Gas sector. This year with the support of Total in the UAE as gold sponsor and Schneider Electric as silver sponsor, over 10 companies were represented to showcase the latest technology and industry innovations.     The forum took place in two distinct locations bridging the topics with live demonstrations. On the first day of the event took place at Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche, next to the Sheikh Khalifa Energy Complex where ADNOC subsidiaries are located. On the second day, French companies met ADNOC operational teams in the Ruwais Industrial Area where hydrocarbons are processed.    The historical ties between the United Arab Emirates and France having served as a strong base in bilateral cooperations in an important number of domains, is particulary prevalent in Oil & Gas field. The strong innovative capabilities of the French industry in Energy, Oil and Gas sectors will help to strengthen business relationships between Emirati and French organizations.   With Digitalization as the overarching theme, the forum covered Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, and Predictive Analytics/Maintenance. Sessions on Energy Efficiency included details on Waste Heat Recovery, Energy Management software and tools, Energy optimization in Gas Processing and the Best Available Techniques (BAT). The sessions focused on New technologies for Plant Operations delved deeper into the technical aspects of the technology and management side of the industry.    Following the successful sessions in 2015, 2017, and 2018 under the framework of UAE France strategic dialog,  the 4th annual UAE France Oil and Gas Connecting Days aims to highlight the strong innovative capabilities brought together by two forward thinking nations.   - END         -  Note to Editors  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.    About EVOLEN: EVOLEN network brings together some 1,350 members (250 corporate members and 1,100 individual oil and gas professionals). Their areas of expertise cover the entire oil and gas sector (exploration, production, storage, refining, and distribution) and renewables.  EVOLEN aims to promote the technological and industrial excellence of the French hydrocarbons industry and energy futures across the world and to foster the international deployment of French energy industry companies. The French hydrocarbons industry has many strengths, notably its great capacity for innovation, which has enabled it to meet the increasingly stringent requirements of quality and safety. Moreover, its technologies and know-how are being applied intensively to new sources of energy.   ABOUT THE FRENCH BUSINESS GROUP:  The French Business Group is a dynamic and independent non-profit organization committed to promote business relations between the United Arab Emirates and France. It has nearly 200 members and represents sectors such as Oil & Gas, construction, defense, aerospace, aviation, hospitality, finance and telecom. The main missions are to promote bilateral trade, represent and serve the interests of its members and enhance Franco-Emirati connections.   ABOUT TOTAL: Total is a major energy player, which produces and markets fuels, natural gas and low-carbon electricity. It is present in the UAE since 1939 across all elements of the energy sector. Total is in partnership with ADNOC and the majority of Abu Dhabi’s oil, gas and energy companies. It has interests in several joint ventures, plus operational presence through its affiliates Total Abu Al Bukhoosh, Total Solar Middle East, Total Marketing Middle East blending plant, Total E&P UAE Unconventional Gas B.V. and via its trading branch TOTSA.   Championing civic responsibility for future generations through the Total Foundation and promoting one of the key pillars of its societal activities, Youth, Inclusion and Education, Total is committed to the development of youth in the country.   For more info, feel free to contact Business France: Yasmina OUARI  Press Officer  – Middle East Mobile: +971 (0)52 99 529 97  Mail : yasmina.ouari@businessfrance.fr    

Dubai Airport Show: The go-to event for the French airport sector in the Middle East

Rejula ARUN - 08-avr.-2019 09:02:17
United Arab Emirates: April 8th 2019 - The Dubai Airport Show is, now more than ever, the reference show for those wishing to take position on airport modernization/new construction projects in the zone and meet airport operators in the Middle East. France will once again be taking part in the show in 2019, under the auspices of Business France, the national agency supporting the international development of the French economy.  Against a particularly auspicious backdrop - USD 163 bn in airport investments by 2020 in the Middle East - and no less than 12 airport construction, extension or renovation projects in the upcoming years, in the Middle East, exhibitors at the French Pavilion, will be eager to present their innovative products and know-how to buyers across the Middle East zone. The French industry is organized into different sectors encompassing not only construction, equipment and systems, but also services, divided into 3 clusters: air traffic control and ground traffic, airline stopovers and air terminals. At the Dubai Airport Show, the French companies participating are representative of the diversity of the sector and French excellence, and already have significant presence on the global market. France’s industry for airports includes world-renowned major corporations such as ADPI, VINCI and THALES to name only a few, as well as a number of SMEs specialized in specific market segments (Ground Support Equipment, lighting, ticketing or passenger information systems). There exist nearly 180 French companies specialized in services dedicated to airlines and airports (reception services, cleaning, catering, handling, etc.). Brought together in a National Pavilion in Za’abeel Hall 5, Stands 5340 & 5440, France’s exhibitors will be  representative of the sector’s diversity and French excellence: ADP INGENIERIE : Design and overseeing of the construction of complex airport buildings (airports, terminals, passenger terminals, control towers, aircraft hangars, maintenance centres, etc.). CHARLATTE MANUTENTION : Handling and lifting equipment, electric baggage conveyor belts. GUINAULT : Solutions for stopping APUs on the ground and reducing the environmental impact and costs of airlines. MILOCO : Design and manufacture of airport trailers.  TDA LEFEBURE : Specialist of connection systems for aircraft on the ground: from 400 Hz to PCA and including all utilities needed for maintenance. USIMAT SERMEES : Design and manufacture of GSE equipment, mainly towable (towbars, aircraft servicing, handling, maintenance dollies, specific equipment). OREP : design, manufacture and installation of perimeter protection systems (intrusion detection systems on fences, concertinas and gates). _________________________________________________________________ The French airport sector: • Turnover: EUR 63.5 bn (revenue in France and through export) • Nearly 50% of business abroad • 530 companies • Approximately 100,000 jobs • 156 airports in air transport in France • Air transport for passengers experienced a significant increase in 2016, with traffic up by 6.3% (3.7 billion passengers), and growth continuing into 2017. France’s offer boasts numerous strengths: - A widely-hailed French aeronautics industry considered the benchmark worldwide. - The skill of French aircraft manufacturers is recognized and sought after, in particular for spare parts hailing from France. - A two-pronged civil-military focus that gives France a technological lead over other countries. - The quality of training received by French engineers and technicians. - Powerful innovation capacity (significant investments in R&D and cooperation with research institutes, universities, etc.). Source: Business France 2018 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.  Social Media:  Account Most common used hashtags Twitter :  @BF_MiddleEast #InfoBF  #FrenchPavilion #ChooseFrance  # FrenchAirportSector Additional information: BUSINESS FRANCE Isabelle DUVAL, Project Leader Phone: +33 (0)1 40 73 33 31 Email:  isabelle.duval@businessfrance.fr Website:  www.businessfrance.fr For more info, feel free to contact Business France: Yasmina Ouari  Press Officer  – Middle East Mobile: +971 (0)52 99 529 97 Mail :  yasmina.ouari@businessfrance.fr  

3rd UAE France Oil and Gas Connecting Days Abu Dhabi, June 25-26, 2018

Rejula ARUN - 03-juil.-2018 15:25:03
United Arab Emirates; July 3 , 2018: Business France jointly with EVOLEN, and the French Business Group hosted the third UAE France Oil and Gas Connecting Days from June 25th to 26th in Abu Dhabi and Ruwais. The two days forum included ADNOC and its subsidiaries, as well as several ADNOC partners including Mudabala Petroleum. This event was launched under the patronage of His Excellency Ludovic Pouille, Ambassador of France to the United Arab Emirates. Following the successful sessions in 2015 and 2017, under the framework of UAE France strategic dialog,  the third UAE France Oil and Gas Connecting Days aims to highlight the strong innovative capabilities of the French industry in Energy and Oil and Gas sectors and to strengthen business relationships in the fields of Oil and Gas, Refining, Petrochemicals, Energy and new technologies, between Emirati and French organizations. Marc Cagnard, Managing Director at Business France in  the Middle East commented: “We are very excited to be hosting the third edition of the connecting days initiative. France and the UAE have a long standing relationship when it comes to the Oil and Gas industry and this event further reinforces the two nations’ commitment to creating forward thinking, long term and sustainable solutions as well as spearheading innovation whilst developing the technology for the future.” Key topics that were covered on the first day included the Oil and Gas industry as a whole with particular focus on Downstream, Refining, Petrochemical, Fertilizer and Gas Processing whilst the second day was dedicated to operational managers and engineers of a wide range of French industrial manufacturers, suppliers, service providers, dedicated to Oil and Gas operations and maintenance, directly with the End Users, Managers and Engineers. French companies were showcasing their know-how in terms of innovation, artificial intelligence and digital technologies designed to improve automation process and operational efficiency in Oil and Gas processing. Note to Editors 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. About EVOLEN: EVOLEN network brings together some 1,350 members (250 corporate members and 1,100 individual oil and gas professionals). Their areas of expertise cover the entire oil and gas sector (exploration, production, storage, refining, and distribution) and renewables. EVOLEN aims to promote the technological and industrial excellence of the French hydrocarbons industry and energy futures across the world and to foster the international deployment of French energy industry companies. The French hydrocarbons industry has many strengths, notably its great capacity for innovation, which has enabled it to meet the increasingly stringent requirements of quality and safety. Moreover, its technologies and know-how are being applied intensively to new sources of energy. " The French industry has a long tradition in the Oil and Gas sector, exploration, production, midstream, refining and petrochemical. Thus despite the fact that we do not produce in our own country. The success factor is due to innovation and technology ; we strongly believe in innovation as a key differentiator. Innovation and technology are now used for the development of new energies", commented Romain Provost, General Delegate Middle East and Renewables, EVOLEN. ABOUT THE FRENCH BUSINESS GROUP: The French Business Group is a dynamic and independent non-profit organization committed to promote business relations between the United Arab Emirates and France. It has nearly 200 members and represents sectors such as Oil & Gas, construction, defense, aerospace, aviation, hospitality, finance and telecom. The main missions are to promote bilateral trade, represent and serve the interests of its members and enhance Franco-Emirati connections. ABOUT TOTAL: Total is working with the majority of the UAE’s oil and gas operating companies and is ADNOC’s largest partner.  Through on-going investment in technology and sharing it’s local and international expertise and know-how, Total has forged ahead to help Abu Dhabi reach its crude oil production target, while continuing to broaden its energy portfolio. “We are proud to participate in the 3rd UAE France Oil & Gas Connecting Days symposium, as an opportunity to share the French companies’s technical know-how and innovation, which is not only limited to the oil & gas sector” said Hatem Nuseibeh - President Total E&P UAE and Total Country Chair in the UAE “ Total’s commitment in the UAE covers not only operations in the oil and gas industry, but the whole energy spectrum including LNG, solar and renewables”. ABOUT SCHNEIDER: “UAE energy, oil, and gas firms are at the global forefront of leveraging digital technologies to transform their exploration, refining, and petrochemicals operations,” said Hanan Darwish, Cluster President – Gulf and Pakistan, Schneider Electric. “In the highly competitive energy sector, digital platforms enable oil and gas firms to interconnect digital technologies, such as the Internet of Things and artificial intelligence, to drive digital oilfields.” During Oil and Gas Connecting Days, Schneider Electric was sharing best practices as a French-headquartered multinational firm that works with 20 of the world’s largest oil and gas companies. In the UAE, Schneider Electric has co-innovated with ADNOC on its Panorama Command Center, which provides real-time visibility and optimizes operations across 16 operating companies. About Trouvay & Cauvin Group Trouvay & Cauvin Group is your single point of contact for global steel solutions for both greenfield and brownfield projects, either offshore or onshore. The steel requirements of Oil & Gas projects are so complex and critical that they can only be met by an experienced specialist with unique capabilities and knowledge such as Trouvay & Cauvin. The 3rd UAE France Oil & Gas Connecting days was a well-organized affair with valuable insights to various facets of the ADNOC downstream companies. There was a high level of interest shown by the attendees especially and we look forward to many more similar interactions with them. 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  

High turn-out for France at Gulfood 2018, From February 18 to 22nd 2018, DWTC

Rejula ARUN - 12-févr.-2018 05:29:35
• 1st live cooking show held by the prestigious French Culinary Arts and Hotel Management institutes, Cordon Bleu (Sheikh Saeed Hall) • 4 French pavilions each dedicated to a specific sector (dairy, meat & poultry, drinks, fine food) • 70 companies to cover an area of 800 square meters United Arab Emirates,: Business France, the national agency supporting the international development of the French economy, will be running 4 French pavilions at Gulfood this year. This trade show devoted to new F&B products will feature around 70 French companies, all eager to present their latest offerings and know-how.  France renews a strong participation at the Gulfood this year, highlighting the latest French products on a surface area of 800m² across four halls: fine food in the world food section in Sheikh Saeed Hall ; dairy products in Hall 1; meat and poultry in Hall 3; drinks in Za’Abeel Hall.  For the first time at Gulfood, visitors will be able to discover a live cooking show provided by Cordon Bleu, the world renowned French Culinary Arts and Hotel Management institute, it will be held the whole week in Sheikh Saeed Hall and undertaken by the select Chefs Nicolas Houchet and Emil Minev. The role of Le Cordon Bleu is to teach a whole range of technical and University training programmes for working in the restaurant, hotel and tourism industry since 1895. Le Cordon Bleu’s teaching method is based on practical learning with demonstrations and practical classes. The institute is developing its network year after year attracting 100 nationalities across the campuses. Le Cordon Bleu has a presence in the Middle East, with two institutes in Lebanon, awaiting other expansions in the region. France is a major player in numerous segments, including dairies, fruits, vegetables, meat, and products for bakery to name just a few, agri-food products combine quality and excellence to cater closely to the requirements of consumers in the region. Marc Cagnard, Business France Director in the Middle East stated: “Agri-food is France’s largest industry sector in terms of both revenue and jobs. By 2040, the global population is likely to be approaching 9 billion and the French agri-food market is estimated to be growing by an average of 4% a year, with health food alone set to grow 2.5% a year over the next three years”. France is the 6th largest exporter worldwide with USD 65 billion. The Middle East region boasts a market share of more than 3,4% for French food exports which represents a value of 2.2 billion USD. The two first partners in the area are Saudi Arabia and UAE, making both a value of 1.1 billion USD. They are followed by Egypt and Lebanon. In 2016, the UAE imported USD 400 million of food and beverage products from France, making the Emirates the 24th export market for the French industry. French exports of F&B products to UAE have doubled since 2010. Saudi Arabia is the 20th export market for France. More in details, for UAE imports, France is the 11th largest supplier and the 2nd from Europe. This year, the regional partner agencies DEV’UP Centre Val de Loire and Bretagne Commerce International will also be in attendance to support companies from their region during Gulfood. Other partners that will contribute to the show’s success include EVIAN, the number one mineral water in the world and in the Middle East, BADOIT, sparkling mineral water talented for fine dining and endorsed by top Chefs worldwide, and CAFES RICHARD, a traditional “French-style” coffee roaster linked to the French gastronomy, Art de Vivre and to Paris (the leader on its market). 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 runs the VIE international internship program. Social Media: Account Most common used hashtags Twitter : @BF_MiddleEast  #InfoBF #FrenchPavilion #MadeInFranceMadeWithLove #ZeroFoodWaste 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    

A dynamic French industry once again well represented at the aircraft Interiors & MRO Middle East trade show

Rejula ARUN - 04-janv.-2018 06:16:46
Dubai World Trade center (Za’abeel Halls 1 & 2) 23-24 January 2018 • 22 companies to showcase aeronautics maintenance and aircraft cabin outfitting United Arab Emirates, January 2018 – For the seventh year in a row, BUSINESS FRANCE, the national agency supporting the international development of the French economy, will be running the French Pavilion at the Middle East’s leading aircraft cabin outfitting and MRO trade show in Dubai on January 23 and 24, 2018. As the only national presence at this show, the French Pavilion should attract plenty of attention thanks to the twenty two exhibiting companies. Among them, eleven are based in the Occitanie Region, the birthplace of the French aerospace industry. Exhibitors will each introduce their specific activity to local visitors: optimal supply of spare parts, predictive maintenance, augmented reality, integration of connected industrial tools, optimization of cabin configuration and reduction of aircraft weight. French aerospace market enjoys an excellent international reputation and is widely recognized for its innovation capacity, it accounts for 13% of international French exports and stands out by providing innovative products that meet the needs of its customers whether in the fields of cabin outfitting or MRO. The development of the aerospace sector is a priority in the region. The sector’s needs are steadily increasing due to the constant increase in the size of local companies’ fleets, and the importance of the passenger experience to stand out from the competition. French know how presented during Aircraft Interiors & MRO Middle East trade show, will then meet the requirements of local actors seeking high-quality services. Come and meet them at the French Pavilion on January 23-24, 2018 in Za’abeel Halls 1 & 2 at the Dubai World Trade Center. 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. Note to editors: New AAA* : AAA offers a wide range of services in aircraft maintenance, cabin services and customer assistance via workpackages designed in accordance to the needs. www.aaa.aero.com ADHETEC* : Adhetec designs, manufactures and distributes products and services in the field of adhesive film technologies & solutions. www.adhetec.com New AEROBAY : Aerobay is the first totally free BtoB selling gateway for the trading of used & new parts.www.aero-bay.com New AIR SUPPORT* : Air Support is a specialized Aircraft Engine Components MRO. www.airsupport.fr New AMC AVIATION : AMC AVIATION aims to deliver high standard tailor made services related to Aviation activities and to provide various consulting services. www.amc-aviation.fr DEDIENNE AEROSPACE* : DEDIENNE AEROSPACE is a worldwide leading company specialized in GSE and precision maintenance tooling for civil and defense markets. www.dedienne-aero.com EQUIP’AERO INDUSTRIE* : EQUIP’AERO INDUSTRIE’s Group has two principal activities: EQUIP’AERO SERVICES specialized in MRO and EQUIP’AERO TECHNIQUE an Original Equipment Manufacturer. www.equipaero.com ESTERLINE SENSORS SERVICES : Esterline Sensors Services, the aftermarket arm of Esterline Advanced Sensors, provides global MRO support and services. www.esterline.com/advancedsensors/ FINGERMIND : Fingermind product enables maintenance technicians to access all the data necessary to carry out aircraft maintenance operations on the field via touchpads. www.fingermind.com MADEELI* : Madeeli is the Regional Development Agency of the Occitanie / Pyrénées - Méditerranée Region, located in Toulouse, Southern France. www.madeeli.fr MAPAERO CREATING COATINGS* : Mapaero develops, manufactures and markets aircraft coatings according to customer specifications, with a specialty on water-based and other advanced environmentally friendly coatings. www.mapaero.com New MAZERES AERO EQUIPMENT* : Mazères Aero Equipment is a leader for Wheels/Brakes M.R.O. www.mazeres-aero.com NEXESS : Nexess, pioneer in RFID technology, is an expert in innovative solution design and propose industrial “turnkey” solutions. www.nexess-solutions.com REEL : REEL is an industrial group specializing in complex lifting and handling systems as well as integrated systems solutions. www.reel.fr REVIMA GROUP : The REVIMA Group is a Leading independent provider, specialized in APU and Landing Gear MRO, as well as a sheet metal activity for the repair of main engine components. www.revima-apu.com New S.I.E.R.* : SIER has built an extensive experience in mechanical design and manufacturing for aviation industry. www.sierbla.com STELIA Aerospace* : STELIA Aerospace designs and manufactures innovative, luxurious custom-made business and first class passenger seats for the world’s most prestigious airlines. www.stelia-aerospace.com TARMAC AEROSAVE* : TARMAC Aerosave offers the biggest aircraft storage capacity in Europe backed up by its strong MRO and dismantling capabilities. www.tarmacaerosave.aero UUDS* : UUDS Group offers a full range of quality services including: cabin interior equipment ; sanitary and various chemical treatments ; a wet cleaning process for exterior aircraft. www.aero.uuds.com WIN MS : WiN MS offers high technology diagnosis tools for cables and harnesses allowing an immediate fault location. www.win-ms.com CREATION & IMAGE PARIS : N° 1 brand image consultant in design of uniforms and corporate wear projects  www.creation-image.com SIMAIR – IMAGINAIR: ImaginAir is a Cabin Equipment Specialist. Dedicated to Airlines and Single Aisle Aicraft manufacturers, ImaginAir is providing commercial and CJ galleys, privacy compartments.. www.imaginair.aero * Companies based in the Occitanie region. For more info, feel free to contact Business France: Social Media: Account Most common used hashtags Twitter : @BF_MiddleEast  #InfoBF #FrenchPavilion #FrenchAeronautics #CreativeFrance 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    

2017 France Attractiveness Scoreboard

YASMINA OUARI - 13-déc.-2017 09:05:50
United Arab Emirates, December 13, 2017 – Business France and Les États de la France are proud to present the “France Attractiveness Scoreboard”, along with an Ipsos/États de la France survey, during the 12th meeting of the États de la France, an annual forum for foreign business leaders in France. The France Attractiveness Scoreboard – published for the eighth year in a row in conjunction with the French Treasury Directorate (DG Trésor) at the Ministry for the Economy and Finance, and the French Commission for Regional Equality (CGET) – will be unveiled by Mr. Christophe Lecourtier, CEO of Business France. The Ipsos/États de la France survey will be commented upon by Mr. Pascal Cagni, France’s Ambassador for International Investment, and Mr. Brice Teinturier, Executive Director at Ipsos. The Scoreboard brings together a wide array of economic data, compiled as indicators into the attractiveness of different nations as investment locations, and uses them to compare France’s performances with 13 other countries. The Ipsos survey analyzes the perceptions of investment attractiveness held by 200 leaders of foreign businesses operating in France. “This is the first time that international investors have painted a positive, encouraging image of France. Upbeat views on the ground about France’s attractiveness to business have shot up 24% from 2016 and are now shared by 60% of respondents,” said Brice Teinturier. France’s structural advantages include a large domestic market and central location, a well qualified workforce, the world’s seventh highest hourly labor productivity, along with leading airports and the second highest broadband penetration rate among the countries examined by the Scoreboard. France remains as open as ever to inward investment as Europe’s third leading recipient of job-creating foreign investment (EY 2016; second leading recipient according to Business France Europe Observatory figures). There was also a 14% increase in foreign researchers coming to work in France in 2015. Analysis of economic indicators highlights a number of the French economy’s key strengths, including: - Innovation capacity: France’s cost competitiveness as a location for R&D operations has remained high since 2008. France’s research tax credit has ensured that it offers more generous R&D tax treatment than any other country (ranked first among the sample countries compared by the Scoreboard). Human resources in science and technology (HRST) accounted for 50.5% of the active population in 2016. The Deloitte Technology Fast 500 EMEA rankings saw France outstrip all its European counterparts, while the Clarivate Analytics Top 100 Global Innovators also ranked France first in Europe and the third most innovative country in the world. - A growing, thriving enterprise culture: The total number of active enterprises in France grew by 2.3% in 2015, through a net increase of 77,438 businesses, compared with an increase of only 1.7% across the EU-28. This wave of new and expanding businesses is being fostered by a favorable administrative and financial environment, especially for startups. France is also making life simpler for entrepreneurs: only 3.5 days were required in 2016 to found a company in France, compared with 4.5 in the United Kingdom and 10.5 in Germany. Moreover, record levels of venture capital (€1.216 billion) were invested in France during the first half of 2017, the second highest sum in Europe. - An industrial economy appreciated by international investors: France is Europe’s leading recipient of foreign investment in industry (EY, BF 2016), and has seen a clear increase in hourly labor productivity in the manufacturing sector, up 2.8% in 2016, compared with a rise of only 0.5% across the EU-28. Conversely, labor costs and taxation in France are the main areas that continue to be flagged for attention in international rankings. “The French government is busy getting to grips with these issues. The recent overhaul of employment laws has already taken effect for businesses and employees alike. Labor costs are due to be examined closely from January 2018 by the government and the French Industry Council (CNI) to find ways to lower payroll costs for highly qualified and highly paid jobs. Measures underway to reduce taxes include the abolition of the ‘wealth tax’ (ISF) and the introduction of a flat tax on capital gains. The corporate tax rate is due to fall in stages from 34.4% to 25% in 2022, and this should also make France a more attractive place to do business”, said Christophe Lecourtier. “The reforms the French government has been leading over the last six months to improve France’s attractiveness as an investment location are reflected in the views of foreign business leaders polled by Ipsos; the number of respondents agreeing that reforms are ‘heading in the right direction’ is up 39% in 2017 from last year. This is excellent news, proving that by pursuing these structural reforms France is generating a positive image for itself across the world. Other initiatives – such as the recently announced industrial strategy to underpin innovation in the sector, along with the new French Fab accreditation to promote French manufacturing – are additional attractions for foreign investors in this area,” said Pascal Cagni. 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 has 1,500 personnel, both in France and in 70 countries throughout the world, who work with a network of public- and private-sector partners.

Second UAE-France Oil & Gas Symposium in Abu Dhabi to Explore Opportunities in the energy sector

Rejula ARUN - 17-mai-2017 13:09:44
15 companies to speak about Digital Innovations & Smart Infrastructures United Arab Emirates, May 17, 2017- Under the patronage of His Excellency Michel Miraillet, Ambassador of France to the UAE, EVOLEN, the French association of companies related to the Oil and Gas industry & Energy Futures and BUSINESS FRANCE organized meetings between French companies and ADNOC group within a series of themed workshops.  French companies showcased innovative and technical solutions, designed to meet and anticipate the demands of a fast-changing sector. With the UAE’s Vision 2021 agenda, the symposium aimed at highlighting skills of French firms and enabling local companies finding innovative solutions through French technology within the new contemporary energy context. The meetings consisted of several presentations of French experts, topics included energy efficiency, operating facilities, digital innovations and smart infrastructures, energy storage, refining and petrochemical, water management and waste treatment, control systems, revamping. The French Industry has a long tradition of innovation in the Oil & Gas, it covers the whole spectrum of Oil & Gas activities all over the world in research, development, innovation, technology, geosciences, equipment, projects and services. HE Michel Miraillet, Ambassador of France to the UAE stated: “I would like to express my most sincere thanks to all the representatives of ADNOC group’s operating companies for attending this second UAE-France Oil & Gas Symposium.  The Strategic Dialogue Committee initiated in 2013 between our 2 countries was determined to move forward towards this objective. Traditionally, large contracts represent the core of our exports with an industry driven by international leaders such as Total, Veolia. However French SME’s are more and more active in the UAE, either on their own or acting as subcontractors to large companies.” The Federation remains France’s main export market in the Gulf region with $3.8 billion in 2016. Bilateral trade just reached $5 billion, wich ranks the UAE as the second trade partner of France in the Gulf region, after KSA. “I am very impressed by the huge amount of investments forecasted in the Oil & Gas business field over the period 2012-2020. Given the importance of this sector in the region, my understanding is that the UAE will remain a strategic partner for the French companies”, Miraillet Added. Attending companies are available through this link: http://bit.ly/2q01Fbd Note to Editors: EVOLEN gathers Entrepreneurs and Professionals from Oil & Gas to Energy Futures. EVOLEN network brings together some 1,350 members (250 corporate members and 1,100 ndividual oil and gas professionals). Their areas of expertise cover the entire oil and gas sector (exploration, production, storage, refining, and distribution) and renewables. EVOLEN aims to promote the technological and industrial excellence of the French hydrocarbons industry and energy futures across the world and to foster the international deployment of French energy industry companies, in particular small and medium-sized enterprises. With the advent of globalised economic competition, the EVOLEN association is doing everything it can to promote its corporate members and to foster their industrial and commercial development all over the world. It acts as an enhanced back-up force that supports the international development of its corporate members. 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. Social Media: Account Most common used hashtags Twitter : @BF_MiddleEast  #InfoBF #FrenchOil&Gas #FrenchEfficiency #CreativeFrance For more info, feel free to contact: Miryem Oukas Messidi Mobile: +971 (0)55 478 32 15 Mail : miryem.oukasmessidi@businessfrance.fr EVOLEN : Sylvie Le Brun s.lebrun@evolen.org  
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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. Founded on January 1, 2015 through a merger between UBIFRANCE and the Invest in France Agency, Business France has 1,500 personnel, both in France and in 70 countries throughout the world, who work with a network of public- and private-sector partners. For further information, please visit:  www.businessfrance.fr Consulting:  Law and regulation Market benchmarking Projects and requests for proposals Contacts : Market prospection Exhibitions and B to B meetings Technologic partnerships Communication : Press and public relations Professional advertisements Commerc

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