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New French Trade commissioner in the UAE and Regional Director to oversee Business France in the Middle East

Sarah Benyoub - 25-sept.-2019 09:04:45
United Arab Emirates, 24 September 2019 – From September 1st 2019, Frederic Szabo has been appointed as the new French Trade Commissioner in the United Arab Emirates and Regional Director of Business France in the Middle East.    In his new role, Mr Frederic Szabo will be heading the expansion of French companies by boosting French exports in the region, promoting France as a prime location for investments and leading customized supports to attract Middle Eastern investors to France.   As of now, Frederic Szabo will be based in the regional headquarter of Business France Middle East, in Dubai and will be covering 11 countries: GCC, Egypt, Pakistan, Iraq, but also Jordan & Lebanon through local partners.  To boost economic bilateral relations and strenghten business ties between France and the countries of the region, Business France organized last year 60 profesional events including French pavilions on btob trade shows, bringing around 1 600 companies yearly. Business France also supported 10 investment projects wich resulted of more than 300 job creations in France, including the acquisition of an industrial site worth 50 milion euros and maintaining a hundred jobs.  Frederic Szabo, Business France Director in the Middle East commented: “I am delighted to face new exiting challenges in the Middle East and eager to work with an expert and dedicated Business France team in the UAE and the region, along with the French embassies and our Team France partners to strengthen and increase the French exports but also to draw more middle eastern investments to France. Indeed, 75% of CAC 40 companies are already based in the region, it’s a powerful force that shows the way to smaller businesses such as SMEs hold 81% of establishments in France, and I’m keen on supporting the finest selection of them that will be served  and  introduced to myriad of unique and cutting edge services.” As of now, Frederic Szabo will manage a regional consultancy unit spread over 6 offices (Dubai, Jeddah, Riyadh, Kuwait City, Cairo, Doha) and organized by sector of activity: Industry & Cleantech / Lifestyle & Healthcare / AgriFood / Tech & services / Inward Investments / Media & Communications / International internship programs. Last year, French exports to the GCC amounted 12 bilion euros mainly in mechanical equipments, electrical materials, IT, chemical products, cosmetics & perfumes, agrifood products and pharmaceuticals. KSA remained France’s first commercial outlet in the GCC. Frederic Szabo previously served in similar functions for 5 years in People’s Republic of China, in Shanghai. He also conducted missions within the European Commission in Turkey (Turkish Chambers Development Program) and Brazil (AL Invest II) in the frame of industry modernization and internationalization capacity building programs.  From 2003 to 2006, Frederic Szabo joined the International Finance Corporation, member of the World Bank Group in Morocco (Rabat) as Private Sector Development Manager for North Africa to build capacity reinforcement programs. He also held many managing positions as director of international business development within French Chambers of Commerce and Industry, in France by promoting SME’s exports and international development on foreign markets.    END   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.   

La French Tech and the latest in innovation to be showcased at GITEX 2019

YASMINA OUARI - 19-sept.-2019 13:31:21
Business France, the national agency supporting the international development of the French economy, is showcasing French technology and innovation at GITEX on the French Tech pavilion organized by Business France. Amadeus, one of the leading providers of travel technology, will be the official partner of the French Pavilion which will headline national companies driving the latest advancement in fintech, e-commerce, e-government, cybersecurity, blockchain consulting, smart cities, the IoT, VR/AR and Artificial Intelligence.   This year, the French Pavilion will also showcase innovations by French startups who are ready to share breakthrough solutions and meet stakeholders attending the show, including Wizaplace, a marketplace solution for e-commerce, Token Capital, a blockchain consulting company, Dawex, a provider of data marketplace platform, Bertin IT, specialist of cyber intelligence, Two-i VCA, a comprehensive solution to analyze videos to enhance security or enable proactive and focused business decisions by collecting metadata, as well as Blue Whale Company, offering a range of autonomous, ready-to-use connected 2G and NBIOT products for the reduction of water consumption and for multi-energies control and probes measurement.    “On behalf of Business France, it is with great honor to participate once again at GITEX as committed partners over the last six years. It is an exciting year for La French Tech and we look forward to introducing startups with revolutionary new ideas to the potential investors visiting, while our highly regarded companies look to meet with new partners as part of their business expansion”, Mr Frederic Szabo, Managing Director at Business France Middle East stated said. France is achieving strong growth in the technology space internally and through foreign direct investments. The technology economy growth presented a turnover of over €1.1 billion in 2018. The growth of “smart” connected objects increased to 17% compared to 2017 (GFK, 2019). In 2018, the market for the connected home (household appliances, home automation and network products) represented 55% of the turnover of the sector and showed the strongest growth at +35%, i.e. €624 million. This was followed by “wearables” (31%) and drones and gadgets (12%) (GFK, 2019).    The spectacular rise in funding startups through venture and growth capital is also making France one of the world’s leading startup nations. In a recent EY Venture Capital survey, France was ranked second in Europe for fundraising, both in terms of the number of deals and the sums raised, which exceeded a record of €3.2 billion in 2018 (up 28%).    Amadeus’ solutions connect travelers to the journeys they want through travel agents, search engines, tour operators, airlines, airports, hotels, cars and railways. The company developed its technology in partnership with the travel industry for over 30 years. Amadeus combine a deep understanding of how people travel with the ability to design and deliver the most complex, trusted, critical systems, helping connect over 1.6 billion people a year to local travel providers in over 190 countries. Amadeus is really passionate in its pursuit of better technology that makes better journeys.    Amadeus, as the official partner of the French Pavilion, will award the most innovative French Tech company of the Pavilion.   As a nation that fosters technology growth and success, the exhibitors are keen to create contacts and identify experienced partners in the United Arab Emirates and the MENA region via their presence at GITEX. -END -        Note to Editors:   Exhibitor’s Catalog :  https://bit.ly/2o4rslX   https://amadeus.com/fr   https://two-i.com/   https://www.dejamobile.com/   https://www.bluewhalecompany.com/home-water-consumption-control-BREEAM.html   http://tokencapitalmarket.com/   https://www.wizaplace.com/fr/   https://www.dawex.com/fr/   https://linagora.com/   https://www.logicom-europe.com/en/   https://www.tallyos.com/   http://www.athesi.fr/language/fr/athesi-specialiste-de-solutions-de-mobilite-et-de-tracabilite   https://www.acoba.com/   https://www.bertin-it.com/en/   https://www.dilitrust.com/  https://www.systancia.com/     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 #FrenchTech    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 

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      

French Experts Loyal to the Project Lebanon Trade Show

Rejula ARUN - 16-juin-2019 13:04:11
United Arab Emirates- June 16, 2019 , Business France, the national agency supporting the international development of the French economy, will be organizing its eleventh France Pavilion at the Project Lebanon trade fair from June 18 - 21, 2019 in Beirut. This trade fair is the sole international event in Lebanon in the construction, building, materials and equipment sector. The French Pavilion will enjoy very good visibility thanks to a Premium location at the trade fair entrance. Ten French exhibitors will be presenting their innovative products, technologies and know-how to local building industry professionals.   The French construction/finishing work industry has several undeniable strengths  - With a highly fragmented network of 392,000 companies and sales of €135 billion in 2017, the industry has one or more global leaders in most of its component sectors: VINCI, EIFFAGE, BOUYGUES and SPIE, to name but a few.  - France boasts a highly diverse offering when it comes to the building trades, with companies of all sizes providing structural engineering and finishing work services (carpentry, roofing, insulation, sanitation, air-conditioning, smoke detectors, etc.) and interior fittings (wall and floor coverings, luxury tapware, home automation, etc.). - Innovation is a hallmark of French companies: new and biosourced building materials, wooden construction driven by ecological considerations, and smart building (BIM modeling, home automation, smart meters, energy optimization tools, solar glass, and smart thermostats, boilers and bulbs) are just some of the development initiatives currently being pursued by businesses in the sector. - Lastly, France enjoys a strong reputation for quality and reliability, which are especially important in the construction industry due to safety risks. A strong presence in foreign markets €7.1 billion are generated in exports . France tends to export top-quality, carefully designed, advanced technology products (innovative insulation materials, building facades that let in natural light, suspended ceilings, clay roof tiles, natural paints, decorative fireplaces, etc.).   The building and finishing work market in Lebanon represents 14% of GDP and as regards construction, it mainly depends on imports. USD 11 billion of promises of loans and donations were obtained by Lebanon from the international community at conclusion of the CEDRE Conference in April 2018, aimed at helping the country finance its multi-year development plan over the next 5 years. This context is a strong signal for French companies wishing to do business with this country which has a strong development potential. The French delegation there attests to the large interest represented by the Lebanese market. The French exhibitors in the France Pavilion aim to establish or strengthen partnerships, and develop new collaborations with local professionals.   The French exhibitors of the Lebanon Project, will be there to greet you in the France Pavilion , at the entrance to the trade fair:   AFITEXINOV: Specialized in drainage, supporting structures and floor sealing, the AFITEX group bases its international development on innovative processes and generating significant savings in the construction of structures: buildings, road and rail infrastructure, waste storage centers, mines, etc. CSTB – Centre Scientifique Technique du Bâtiment:  The mission of the Scientific and Technical Building Center is to ensure the quality and safety of buildings. LANCIER SA:  Specialized in the manufacture of transport equipment for laying and running cables for telecom, energy and tertiary industry installers.   MEREF - CCI FRANCE LIBAN:  Grouping of French and Lebanese economic entities who are working for closer economic and cultural relations between the two countries. The MEREF  - CCI FRANCE LIBAN will host the following exhibitors on its booth: AROPE INSURANCE S.A.L. : One of the main actors of the insurance sector in Lebanon. BUREAU VERITAS LIBAN:  An inspection office, testing and certifying products to local standards. QUALICONSULT MOYEN-ORIENT S.A.L:  Specialist of technical control, inspection, assistance and training, Qualiconsult Group provides support to companies at all stages in building and operating their buildings, technical facilities and infrastructure. SOCOTEC LIBAN:  The group intervenes to identify, assess and prevent risks in the areas of Quality, Safety, Health and the Environment.   Key building figures of the French economy: • 392,000 companies; • Workforce of 1,441,000 including 1,069,000 employees and 372,000 self-employed tradespeople; • EUR 135 billion of building work excluding tax • Activity in external markets: EUR 7.1 billion of building work recorded (4.9 billion for structural work and 2.2 billion for finishing work). • Geographical distribution: Europe (64%), Asia (11%), America (11%), Africa (7%), South America (6%), Near and Middle East (1%)   Source: French Building Federation, June 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  #FrenchConstruction #FraneAtProjectLebanon  For more info, feel free to contact Business France: Ms. Catherine MILLE, Project Leader Phone: 33 (0) 4 96 17 25 26 catherine.mille@businessfrance.fr www.businessfrance.fr Ms. Yasmina OUARI Press Officer  – Middle East Mobile: +971 (0)52 995 29 97  Mail :  yasmina.ouari@businessfrance.fr   

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    

French companies show their loyalty to the BAUMA MUNICH show

Rejula ARUN - 09-avr.-2019 08:27:02
United Arab Emirates, April 9, 2019 - A must-attend event for any construction and ministry industry professional, BAUMA, the reference triennial event, gives exhibitors the world over the chance unveil their innovative ideas to the show’s audience of professional visitors. Under the aegis of BUSINESS FRANCE, the national agency supporting the international development of the French economy, 28 French companies will exhibit their technologies and innovations at the BAUMA Show, from April 8-14, 2019 in Munich. French know-how, recognised the world over The quality of the structures produced by French companies is recognized as much nationally (in particular with the engineering and transport and development project management specialists working to build Grand Paris) and globally. The sector enjoys the know-how of multiple major corporations. France’s engineering prowess is highly-appreciated at the international level, and its material and equipment suppliers also enjoy a solid reputation.    On the strength of its 7,355 businesses and 235,300 employees, the French Public Works industry earned, in 2017, €38.6 billion in revenue in France and €30 billion internationally, up by 7.9% compared to 2016. This hike in activity is owed primarily to the Oceania (41.7%), European (+15.9%) and, to a lesser extent, Asian (+3.6%) markets. While the European market accounts for more than half of their activity worldwide, France’s companies have also become the measuring stick in other regions of the globe, earning €4.4 billion in North America, €3.8 billion in Africa, €2.3 billion in Asia, €1.9 billion in Oceania, €1.3 billion in Latin America and €1.1 billion in the Near and Middle East.   France has multiple assets to boast, including:  Unquestionable product quality, the renown of its architects and engineers worldwide.    An active Innovation and Research & Development policy.    Unforgiving standards: initiatives to promote prevention and safety, ensure personnel safety, and secure certification. The France Pavilion at BAUMA will showcase a range of companies selected for the representative panorama they offer of the industry. Innovation will also be on display, with construction material and services, including equipment for working concrete and construction site equipment: lighting balloons, depth control systems, hydraulic cylinders, scaffolding, and on-site sheds. Construction machinery and vehicles will also be shown, as will air conditioning and heating solutions, safety and driving assistance systems for construction machinery or assistance or load-bearing exoskeletons.   Business France Pavilion layout: Hall A2:  AGS , BRIDGIN , FAURECIA, GREYSTAL, PROMENS FRANCE, RB3D, RICHEL, ROLLIX DEFONTAINE, SAHGEV, SAUDEM, SEQUANTA, SMIE, SNDC, STARTER, WATTALPS. RUBIX.    Hall C2: ACREOS, ARAMINE, COLTRAX/CP distribution, JAY ELECTRONIQUE, LUMIAIR, MAC 3, MANOIR, MONROC, MS, SETFORGE. RUBIX   Outdoors: ARGUMAT, BUCHER MUNICIPAL/ARVEL, PACLITE EQUIPMENT, RB3D, RIVARD.   To find out more: BUSINESS FRANCE Isabelle DUVAL, Project Leader Tel.: +33 (0)1 40 73 33 31 Email:  isabelle.duval@businessfrance.fr Website:  export.businessfrance.fr   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 For more info, feel free to contact Business France: Yasmina OUARI Press Officer - Middle East Mobile: +971 (0)52 995 29 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  
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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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