La French Tech in Australia

Mathilde Mortreuil - 17-déc.-2014 01:54:00
On the occasion of the first official visit of the French President, François Hollande to Australia, the French Trade Commission, UBIFRANCE, organized a panel about French Technology and International Development with the French Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, Laurent Fabius. Nine companies were invited to participate in the meeting and exchanged  about the key  steps of their successful development or installation to Australia. The panel of companies included 3 local subsidiaries  of French company (Criteo, SA Marais, Stallergenes), 3 companies that were exploring the Australian  market supported by UBIFRANCE and 3 Australian startup companies created by French entrepreneurs (Maestrano, Cascade, MY VERIFIED ID). All 9 representatives supplied original testimonies around issues such as approaching a foreign market, funding, French economy understanding abroad, benchmarks, etc.   If you are a French company interested by exploring the Australian or New Zealand market or an Australian company looking to invest in France, we can help you ; feel free to get in touch with our trade advisors in Sydney!       Food, Beverages and Agriculture : Fashion, Consumer Goods, Health : Infrastructure, Transport and Industries : New technologies, Innovation and Services :

A Memorandum of Understanding between the French Risk Management Hub and the Bushfire CRC has been signed in Canberra at the French Embassy

Charlotte Louys - 26-oct.-2012 06:50:32
A French delegation composed of representatives from Pôle Risques (Risk Management hub), the French National Research Institute of Science and Technology for Environment and Agriculture (IRSTEA), the Centre for Studies of Human Factors (CEFH) and the Pôle Pégase (Aeronautics and Space hub) has met with the Australian Bushfire CRC representatives during a visit of 9 days in Australia.  The visit has been an opportunity for the delegation, headed by Mr Richard Biagioni, Director of Pôle Risques,  to sign a Memorandum of Understanding highlighting its commitment to bilateral research and development with Mr Gary Morgan, CEO of Bushfire Collaborative Research Centre (CRC), on October 22, in the presence of H.E. Mr Stéphane Romatet, Ambassador of France to Australia. The delegation also visited the 2003 Canberra bushfire sites, accompanied by Mr Mark Crosweller, Commissioner, ACT Emergency Services Agency and Mr Neil Cooper, ACT Parks and Conservation Service Manager, Fire Management Unit. The members participated in the Research Advisory Forum with the Bushfire CRC at Homebush (23-24 October) followed by the International Association of Wildland Safety Summit (IAWF) in Sydney on October 25-26. This visit to Australia follows a visit to France in July 2012 by an Australian delegation comprised of the Bushfire CRC and other partner agencies to the Bouches-du-Rhône (City of Marseille) Fire and Emergency Services Agency (SDIS13) in Marseille. The SDIS13 will sign a Memorandum of Understanding with the Bushfire CRC as part of its forthcoming mission to Australia in early 2013. Pôle Risques plans to organize a further mission to Australia to attend the Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council (AFAC) Expo 2013, to be held from the 2nd to the 5th of September 2013. More information about the French delegation :

Australian breakthrough: novel wheat for salty soils

Elodie Ferra - 20-mars-2012 02:16:35
As salinity is a growing issue worldwide threatening farm outputs, Australian scientists may have found a way to overcome this problem. The team led by Matthew Gilliham managed to grow a new variety of durum wheat introducing a salt-tolerant gene into commercial durum wheat. First tests on salty soils showed improved grain yield by 25 per cent compared to other wheat plants currently sold. The good news is that this novel wheat was obtained by hybridization and as it is not classified as transgenic, it can be planted without restrictions. With already 20% of the agricultural soil affected, growing salt-tolerant crops may be a life-saver for many people. Source: Australian Food News

Import agreement on the Roquefort signed for another 5 years!

Karim Hamrene - 08-mars-2012 04:12:34
Until 1996, you could import any raw milk cheeses in Australia. The year after, a decree prohibits their importation except for hard cheeses (Comté, Parmesan). In 2002, Will Studd (one of the largest importer of cheese in Australia) obtained a quarantine import permit and arranged for a co-operative producer called « Les fromageries Occitanes”  to send 80kg of Roquefort from France to Australia. He was asked to destroy his stock : the IFIP (Imported food Inspection Program) refused to perform the microbiological tests that would have proven that the cheese complied with the Australian standards of hygiene. He decided to lodge a legal appeal against the Authorities order to destroy the cheese. He was threatened with a 100.000$ fine and even ten years of jail if he continued to expose the Australian restrictive implications of the case in the press. The national Dairy Authority and the chairman of the Australian Specialist Cheesemaker Association publicly condemned his actions, claiming he was undermining the reputation of Australian specialist cheeses, and a dairy magazine even described him  as a “terrorist”. The case was finally heard on April Fool’s day 2003 in the Administrative Appeals Tribunal in Melbourne. Will Studd lost the case and a few days later, under the supervision of the IFIP authorities, the Roquefort was placed in the back of a shiny black hearse draped with a French flag to the sounds of the French national anthem and slowly driven to a very muddy public tip. As required by the Food Direction notice, the cheese was buried.  The highly publicized staging of the destruction of the goods helped open the way for a change in the legislation and a waiver was finally obtained for the Roquefort.  Late 2008, a bilateral agreement between France and Australia is signed for three years.  This agreement has just been renewed for five years by Mr. Romatet, Ambassador of France in Australia and the Australian Federal Department of Agriculture.

Come and discover the heart of the agriculture in Oceania!

Elodie Ferra - 29-févr.-2012 07:50:02
Farm Fest 2012 in Toowoomba (Australia) and the Fieldays in Hamilton (New Zealand) are crucial agriculture shows, essential both for agricultural machinery and maintenance & services. They will be held from June 5 to 15. The agricultural sector is characterized in Australia by the predominance of grain crops, cotton, horticulture, cattle and sheep. The market represents over 140,000 farms; 32,5 Md EUR of Australian agricultural products are exported per year. Farmers appreciate the quality of French agricultural equipment. The New Zealand agricultural sector is characterized by the dominance of the dairy industry, cattle and sheep industry, horticulture and arboriculture. The agricultural sector contributes 7% to the GDP and 91% of agricultural products are exported. The market for agricultural equipment relies on foreign expertise and the quality of French know-how is highly regarded. With more than 3,500 exhibitors and 215,000 visitors expected, these events are the ideal platform to promote your business. UBIFRANCE  offers French companies participating to these Business & Trade Agriculture Fairs: - UbiFrance’s expertise and their personalized support during the 10 days events. - Seminars  held by field specialists for a  better understanding of  the growth sectors in a changing market. - The experience of local professionals, directly involved in changing the landscape of Australian and New Zealand agriculture. - Market opportunities discussion and practical and essential information during focused business meetings.  For more information, please contact us! Diane NAGGAR, Senior trade advisor, UbiFrance Sydney, Bérangère ESCANDE, trade advisor, UbiFrance Sydney,

Agripass presentation at the Grace Hotel

Diane Naggar - 08-févr.-2012 07:23:12
38 French farmers from all different regions of France applied for a tour organized by the agricultural French magazine “Réussir”. They’ve come to visit and see how Australia’s agribusiness operates (being a member of the Cairns group)  and understand the international impact of its agriculture and its specific issues and successes. They were greeted to their first “cuppa” (cup of tea) at the Grace Hotel and sat down to a presentation on the agriculture of Australia by Diane Naggar, Senior Trade Adviser at the French Trade Commission Ubifrance in Australia. Despite the fact they had arrived the night before, there were no signs of jetlag and the audience was showing many signs of wonder and interest. They were given key & up-to-date figures, trends and issues that farmers in different parts of this huge continent face on a daily basis, the challenges posed by climatic extremes and the logistics headaches they have to solve. Their main questions concerned the ability of farmers to survive without or with such insignificant government allowances (4% of subsidies in most cases). They were amazed by the success stories despite the drastic droughts and dramatic floods that farmers are dealing with. They also asked quite a few questions about the quarantine restrictions on food products, particularly on raw milk. An hour and a half later, they boarded their bus that would take them from Cowra to Mareeba, visiting vineyards, a sheep farm, beef feedlots, potatoes growers, cane sugar and peanuts farms and a dairy farm. Bon voyage!

France is #1 Wine Producer

Celine Paillart - 16-nov.-2011 04:43:45
France is set to overtake Italy to reclaim its title as the world’s top wine producer this year, according to estimates from the International Organisation of Vine and Wine OIV.L. Helped by favourable weather conditions, France’s production is forecast to rise by 9 percent, correcting a slump last year and allowing it to regain the crown it lost to its southern European neighbour four years ago. The OIV predicts that French production will reach 50 million hectolitres this year, while Italy’s output will fall by 13 percent to 42 million, its lowest in years. In France, an exceptionally warm spring gave some producers a headstart, according to an agriculture ministry report, while Italy was hit by poor weather. French winemakers also said a particularly warm and dry autumn made up for a cold and rainy summer. "There were exceptional conditions in September and October," said Richard Kannemacher, director of marketing for CRINAO, the Alsace committee of wine experts. "There really was an Indian summer." French vintners have suffered several years of bad weather, resulting in abnormally low yields, suggesting this year’s rise was a return to the norm and would not mean lower quality wines. "It didn’t degrade the quality, as these are volumes we’re used to treating," said Stephanie Piot, assistant to the President of the CCVF, a group of wine co-operatives across France. Aside from poorer weather, Italy also lost close to 3 million hectolitres of wine because of vine replantings, which occurred to a lesser extent in France. The OIV estimates that Germany and Austria would see gains of about 30 percent over last year, while Greek and Portuguese production would drop by 17 percent and Spanish by 2. The OIV expects global production to remain stable, despite an overall drop in vineyard surface area. The organisation was uncertain about the direction of wine consumption, which fell in 2008 and 2009 and rose a little in 2010. (Reuters - Reporting By Anna Maria Jakubek, editing by Paul Casciato)
François COTIER, Country Director, Business France, Australia & New Zealand : Business France, the French Agency for international business development, lies at the heart of France’s public-sector export support framework. With 80 Trade Commissions in 60 countries, Business France offers a comprehensive range of products and services aimed at accompanying French-based companies in their development on export markets : The French Trade Commission - Business France in Australia, part of the French diplomatic mission in Australia, is dedicated to the promotion of the French companies and especially the SMEs on the Australian and New Zealand markets. We are organised in four departments : 1. Food, Beverages & Agriculture 2. Fashion, Homeware, Health and Beauty 3. Infrastructure, Transport, Industry, Energy, Environment 4. ICT, Innovation, Services Formed by a team of dedicated trade advisors, Business France Australia - New Zealand offers to the Frenc


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