Business with France

Strong French Presence at Vibrant Gujarat 2019

Audrey Lucbernet - 18-févr.-2019 08:12:48

Along with a french delegation comprised of 80 delegates (about 25 french companies ) headed by HEM Mr Ziegler, Ambassador of France to India, Business France’s team attended the Vibrant Gujarat Summit from 17th to 20th January 2019 in Ahmedabad/ Gandhinagar and met with potential investors from Gujarat.   Two French companies exhibited under Business France Pavilion , BIC Cello ( Stationary )  and Axens .   A Country Seminar was organised on 19th January in order to highlight the French expertise in various sectors including Energy, Agrofood , Defense & Aeronautics , Technology etc.


You want to innovate in pharma / biotechnologies in France? Meet Invest in Lyon in India!

Audrey Lucbernet - 18-févr.-2019 08:09:04

  Should you wish to innovate in pharma / biotechnologies in France, keep in mind the forthcoming visit to India of a delegate from Lyon (South-East of France), Mr Cédric Grignard, Director New Businesses and Innovation of Invest in Lyon.       Lyon has a strong ecosystem in life sciences and has the following  major cluster active in biotechnology & pharma industry: https://lyonbiopole.com/en       Should you be interested to meet Cédric, please do let us know. He will be in Mumbai on Tuesday 19th and Wednesday 20th of February 2019 and in Hyderabad on 21 st of February 2019. Please address you request at: audrey.lucbernet@businessfrance.fr  


Grand Prix V.I.E Asie du Sud 2018

Purva Marwaha - 16-juil.-2018 07:30:53

Bonjour,    Sous le haut patronage des Ambassadeurs de France en Inde, au Bangladesh et à Sri Lanka, Business France Inde, le Service Economique Régional (DG Trésor) et les services économiques au Bangladesh et à Sri Lanka, avec le soutien des Conseillers du Commerce Extérieur de la France en Inde (CCEF) et de la Chambre de Commerce et d’Industrie Franco-Indienne (IFCCI) organiseront la troisième édition du Grand Prix VIE Asie du Sud 2018.    La remise des prix, aura lieu mi-octobre 2018 en soirée à la Résidence de France à Delhi . Cette soirée réunira l’ensemble des membres de la délégation du réseau et la communauté d’affaires française présente en Inde.   A cette occasion, trois prix seront décernés :      Grand prix VIE Asie du Sud 2018     Prix VIE de l’Innovation   Dossier présentant le meilleur exemple d’innovation et de créativité avec une adaptation au contexte du pays d’affectation, soit Inde, Bangladesh ou le Sri Lanka.     Prix VIE de l’intégration   Dossier démontrant la meilleure intégration à l’environnement de l’entreprise et dans la culture locale des affaires    Vous êtes tous concernés et invités à concourir . Les différents lauréats seront récompensés et se verront remettre un prix en nature et/ou numéraire.   C’est l’occasion non seulement de mettre en avant votre expérience mais aussi de la partager avec vos homologues. Les entreprises qui vous emploient bénéficieront également d’une plateforme privilégiée pour communiquer sur leur expertise et sur l’apport des VIE dans leur stratégie d’implantation ou de développement commercial dans leur pays d’affectation.    Comment participer ?   Je vous invite à nous confirmer au plus vite votre souhait de participer à cette aventure. Pour cela je vous remercie de nous adresser un message afin de nous confirmer votre participation. Je vous remercie de vérifier préalablement que votre responsable au sein de l’entreprise autorise votre participation à cet évènement.     N’attendez plus ! Inscrivez-vous et prenez 5 secondes afin d’appuyer sur le bouton « New Email » de votre boîte Outlook avec un simple copier/coller de la phrase suivante à envoyer à Mme Rachana THAKKAR ( Rachana.Thakkar@businessfrance.fr ) :     « Merci, je vous confirme mon inscription pour le Grand Prix VIE Asie du Sud 2018 et vous transmettrez mon dossier complété dans les meilleurs délais »    Nous sommes à votre disposition et impatient de recevoir votre confirmation de participation.   Merci, meilleures salutations,   Sophie CLAVELIER  Directrice Business France Inde & Zone Asie du Sud   


Tripartite MOU signed between BOI, EDB and Business France

Purva Marwaha - 13-juil.-2018 08:29:30

Friday, 13 July 2018     Agreement will enhance cooperation, trade and investment  A Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the Board of Investment of Sri Lanka, the Export Development Board of Sri Lanka and Business France today.   BOI Chairman Dumindra Ratnayake, EDB Chairperson Indira Malwatte and South Asia Head of Business France Sophie Clavelier signed the MOU on behalf of the respective organizations.   BOI is the investment promotion agency of the Sri Lankan Government and functions as the central facilitation point for investors with the purpose of improving Sri Lanka’s investment climate.   The SLEDB is Sri Lanka’s premier organization for the promotion and development of exports. Business France, an agency of the French Government, has the task of developing the internationalization of French companies as well as promoting the image of France in the world and promoting foreign investments in France. Also participating in this event was Ambassador of France to Sri Lanka and the Maldives Jean-Marin Schuh as well as senior officials of the BOI, EDB and Business France.   BOI Chairman Dumindra Ratnayake welcomed the other signatories to the MOU.  He stated: “This MOU is a very positive development since it will help to increase in the future investment in areas such as manufacturing and infrastructure. It also has to be seen in connection with the FTAs that Sri Lanka has entered into with India, Pakistan and Singapore and will sign in the future with China. These FTAs give market access to goods produced in Sri Lanka.” He added: “Another important development is the Port City with many opportunities for construction and other investment in the future.”   Ratnayake added that the agreement would help to strengthen relations and facilitate trade and investment with France in the future. EDB Chairperson Indira Malwatte stated: “We have had a very positive meeting with Business France. France is the sixth largest market for Sri Lankan exports to the European Union.”   She added: “Sri Lanka is to launch the National Export Strategy and this will also generate greater interest in our products. Currently we are promoting ship and boatbuilding, spices to be used in the manufacture of perfumes and cosmetics and of course the IT sector. It is our decision to focus just on three sectors for the moment and these are sectors where France is very strong.”   Head of Business France South Asia Sophie Clavelier stated: “We had a very positive meeting and I am excited to sign this MOU on behalf of the CEO of Business France.  We must ensure that this MOU must live and must work together in developing certain niche areas that Sri Lanka has to offer. One area which I would like to see develop is the Agro Sector where Sri Lanka has a lot of potential.”   She added that a country such as Sri Lanka should not look at competing with giant economies such as India but that “Sri Lanka should be developing niche sectors that are quality orientated. We should not look at large but at quality and high-end sectors.” Ambassador of France to Sri Lanka and the Maldives Jean-Marin Schuh also stated: “The MOU will enhance economic co-operation between Sri Lanka and France. We are currently focusing on expanding French exports as well as Sri Lankan investment in France.”   He added: “There are certain areas where l see many possibilities. For example, the French side could be interested in developing Sri Lankan ports as France has many leading shipping companies. I also see opportunities in the development of tourism.  This is an area where France has considerable experience and in 2020 our country will attract 120 million tourists in the course of the year. Other areas that are very promising are co-operation in the financial sector and also we are currently involved in the development of mini-dairies.”    Under the agreement, the parties are to exchange information and provide mutual support for the benefit of their clients and also to promote economic growth in both Sri Lanka and France.  In addition, the MOU seeks to encourage each party to promote the image of the other country and support FDI from its nationals to the other country. Another clause of the MOU stipulates that the party will exert their influence for the promotion of commercial and industrial partnership between French and Sri Lankan companies. The MOU also includes a commitment for the provision of commercial information and for assisting each other in organising fairs, seminars and business missions and co-operation in areas such as publications and creating awareness on investment environment, policies and regulations.   Each party is to provide the other with available and relevant information on initiatives with the purpose of increasing business for French and Sri Lankan companies in each other’s markets.   Furthermore, periodically meetings will be organised whenever it is necessary to evaluate the development of joint activities or future co-operation between the parties.   It is also important to note that each party is responsible for its own costs of operation. The agreement will be in effect for a period of two years and would be automatically renewed unless notice is given by one of the parties. The MOU also covers intellectual property rights and the use of trademarks and logos of their signatories. There is also a mechanism for consultation between the signatories of the MOU. The MOU augurs well for future expansion of tourism, trade and investment from France to Sri Lanka.    


Indian investment proposals in France jump 73% in 2017

Sophie Canciani - 22-mai-2018 07:20:56

India recorded the biggest rise of 73 per cent in investment proposals into France among emerging economies in 2017, according to a report. In 2017, there were 19 Indian foreign investment projects in France, up 73 per cent over last year when there were 11 such projects, according to the report -- The 2017 Annual Report: Foreign investment in France - The international development of the French economy. "Among emerging economies, India recorded the biggest rise," the report noted. In total, France recorded as many as 1,298 foreign investment projects in 2017, with the US emerging as the top investor. The proposals rose by 16 per cent from 2016. European countries remained the leading sources of foreign investment in France. The largest increase in investment decisions was from the US (up 26 per cent), Switzerland (up 40 per cent), Canada (up 37 per cent), the Netherlands (up 47 per cent) and Sweden (up 76 per cent). Moreover, India was also among the key markets that drive French exports in Asia along with China and South Korea. The report further noted that Indian IT major Infosys has announced plans to move its business forward in France via a strategic partnership with CMA-CGM. Infosys will open a centre for development and innovation in Marseille (Provence-Alpes-Cte d’Azur region), leading to 80 jobs and setting the standard for Marseille as a hub of expertise. There are also plans to open a training centre at some point, it added. The report further noted that foreign companies invested primarily in production/manufacturing operations, with 343 investment decisions in 2017, creating 16,123 jobs. "The growing numbers of investment decisions in France, and the jobs they generate, highlight the renewed confidence that decision-makers now have in a country on the move," said Christophe Lecourtier, CEO of 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.   Source : Press Trust of India  


Business France publishes 2017 Annual Report

Sophie CANCIANI - 05-avr.-2018 07:02:23

Business France today published its “2017 Annual Report: Foreign investment in France. The international development of the French economy”. In 2017, France basked in the renewed confidence of foreign investors, whose investment decisions were an acknowledgement of France’s potential, highlighting the country’s key strengths in various job-creating and high value-added sectors. 1,298 new job-creating foreign investments in 2017   On average, 25 foreign investment decisions were made in France every week throughout the year. France attracted a total of 1,298 new job-creating foreign investments in 2017 – up 16% from the previous year – that created or maintained 33,489 jobs. France’s strong performance is due to a solid rebound in how potentially attractive France is seen on a whole host of criteria, including the business environment, a thriving French economy, sought-after expertise in various sectors, and strong awareness in global business communities of the reforms that France has undertaken in recent years. Key to this success were France’s numerous fundamental strengths: its central location, excellent communication and transport infrastructure, industrial prowess in a wide range of sectors, high productivity, and a well-qualified workforce. Taken together, these pro-business factors have already inspired a rebound in confidence from business leaders, with the business confidence index rising in November 2017 to its highest level in the last 10 years (OECD, INSEE). Importantly, more than 8 in 10 business leaders believe that the measures being taken by the French government are having a positive impact on France’s attractiveness to business. (Kantar Public/Business France survey) Selected key figures:   A 23% year-on-year rise in manufacturing projects, of which 16% were from German investors prioritizing France as its number one target for foreign investment in Europe. A 9% year-on-year rise in R&D projects, an area dominated by American investors targeting France as a choice location for their innovative operations. The United States reclaimed first place among source countries of foreign investment in France, while 58% of investment came from European countries.     The report seeks to shed light on the two ways in which the French economy is becoming increasingly globalized, and the trade and investment synergies that are fueling business development throughout the country. France’s strategic location makes it a natural export hub for countries throughout Europe and Africa. To find out more, click here to download the Annual Report.


Job offer - TRADE OFFICER – BUSINESS SERVICES DEPT(MARKET ACCESS)

Sophie CANCIANI - 19-févr.-2018 10:40:04

 URGENT - LOOKING FOR A TRADE OFFICER AT BUSINESS SERVICES DEPARTMENT : 01/05/2018 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 investments 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 employees, 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    Business France in India (with competencies also for Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh) is made up of about 30 operational experts present in 4 cities (New Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru and Chennai).   EXPORT: Proactive assistance for every step of export plans for French companies : assisting the companies to opt for an adequate strategy for India; identifying prospects and potential partners, organising business development, providing market access information, advising on setting up operations in India, etc.   INVEST: Assistance for Indian companies with market research and investment projects in the French market. The team supports investors throughout the entire process, providing customised services in order to develop a project that is adapted to their goals. Different services are provided free of charge and in total confidentiality.   PROCOM: Communicating on the attractiveness of France as an investment destination & on the international development of France economy. Working with key opinion leaders who can promote advantages of the French market in Europe.   Their activity is organised around 4 sectorial division and 1 transverse division : Divisions with sectorial expertise and approach :  AGROTECH: Agricultural products & Food Technology;  ART DE VIVRE & HEALTH: Lifestyle, Fashion, Sport, Luxury & Healthcare   INDUSTRIES & CLEANTECH: Infrastructure, Transportation, Industry, Energy & the Environment   TECH & SERVICES: New Technologies, Innovation, Services    Division with Interdisciplinary expertise and approach :  BUSINESS SERVICES DEPT : Market Access, Marketing & Communication, VIE Program JOB DESCRIPTION  TRADE OFFICER- Business Services Dept – Market Access Activity   The Business Services Dept via its network of partners proposes global solutions dedicated to companies whose needs are :  - to validate the conditions of Market Access,  - to set up a structure in India,  - to consolidate and increasr their presence in India via communication events or even doing customised market studies for companies for e.g on topics like taxation, regulatory aspects, import procedures, customs …   This Department is headed by a Head of Department based in Mumbai and is mainly composed of 3 activities :  - Market Access (> 1 person) - Marketing-Communication (2 persons) - Promotion & Management of the VIE program for India (1 person)   With the support of the Head of Department based in Mumbai, the Trade Officer-Market Access will be in charge of informing and advising the French companies on their queries and difficulties regarding regulatory, legal aspects, taxation or setting up their businesses in India. The selected candidate will also need to develop services of added value for companies who wish to develop their long term strategy in India.   This assignment revolves around the following tasks : - Promoting the services of Business France in India and particularly the services of the Market Access Activity - Advising the companies on their market entry strategy in India - Proposing services on a chargeable basis to companies on a wide range of subjects, as such : • Regulatory (export, customs duties etc) • Legal aspects (company law, labour law etc) • Taxation (direct taxation, indirect taxation etc) • Setting up business (feasbility studies, validation of Business Plans, validation of hypotheses, costing etc) • Accompanying companies who wish to open an office in India; doing customised studies to advise them; present legal forms and putting them in touch with our partners (chartered accountant firms and lawyers);  proposing assistance to the company for recrutment if required; advising them of the domiciliation services in different cities and proposing assistance by physically accompanying them during their business visits to India - Executing all the editorial activity related to Market Access for Business France, India which includes : • Writing internal notes on interdisciplinary subjects to inform the other departments of Business France India (for e.g labour laws for the Human Resources Dept, customs duties & procedures etc) • Updating on a regular basis of the presentation of the business environnement in India and on commercial opportunties for French companies    • Drafting short articles on information which can be uploaded on the website of Business France • Regularly updating books, such as the Guide to doing Business in India, Regulatory and Fiscal Studies, Country Information on India, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Sri Lanka - Coordinating collective & multi sectorial delegations in India or promotional events and getting sponsoring from French and Indian companies for the events and for editorial products   Besides the above tasks, one of the key roles the candidate will have is to develop and maintain a network of privileged partners of high level such as lawyers, tax specialists, consultants and recrutment agencies in India. REQUIRED PROFILE : - Legal Advisor or specialist interest in the corporate world (specialisation in corporate law and international commercial law) - Expert in International business, Finance, Audit, Chartered Accounting, who can add  regulatory and legal expertise to his skills. A professional experience of a minimum of 3 to 4 years in a law firm of good repute in the Legal or Finance Department of a group having overseas activities; or with a consultancy firm advising and facilitating market entry strategies for foreign companies in India is indispensable with regard to the required work profile.   The candidate must be familiar with Anglo-Saxon law (in the framework of his educational background and work experience), indian legal context depends to a large extent on the principles of Common Law.   REQUIRED SKILLS : - Result oriented candidates (attainment of quantitatives & qualitatives objectives) with good organisational skills and discipline - A commercial sense is a must as well as keen negotiating skills (services are invoiced to the clients) - Capacity to make presentations in public in front of an audience (Public speaking is a must) - Flexibility and a capacity to work on several assignments at the same time respecting due dates - Interdisciplinary activity which requires team work ; this position implies working on projects of commercial development or setting up in liaison with our sectorial teams (Agrotech, Industry & Cleantech, Lifestyle & Healthcare, Tech & Services) - Highly developed sense of contact and a capacity to develop a portfolio of privileged and high level contacts for all the above activities in the Indian context - Capacity to search for information from available sources in the Business France network and locally (data bases, specialised press etc) and validate this infomation. - Fluency in English, written and spoken with excellent writing skills for editorial products (French could be a plus and could be developed along the way)   - Fluency in a regional Indian language preferably Hindi will be an advantage - Perfect knowledge of Office tools (Word, Excel & Powerpoint)   CONTACTS : Please send your C.V along with a covering letter and your salary expectations at the earliest to Head of H.R, monique.vanschalkwyk@businessfrance.fr with a copy of the Head of Business Services Dept, shilpa.patil@businessfrance.fr       CANDIDATES WILL BE PREFERRED FROM THE FOLLOWING SCHOOLS & UNIVERSITIES   Principal Social Science universities(Specialisation in Law) : Panthéon-Assas, Toulouse 1 Capitole, Panthéon Sorbonne etc.   Principal Management Schools : (Specialisation Finance or Audit) : ESCP Europe, HEC, ESSEC, EDHEC, EM Lyon, premier Indian Management Schools like legal school of IIMs, IIT’s, top Law schools in India.


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THE STORY BEHIND CREATIVE FRANCE   Créative France is the story of accentuating the ‘creative’, both literally and figuratively.   It’s the story of a different approach, of the spark ignited by phrases and by words and images. It’s the story of an airliner that gains a second deck, of a coding school that becomes a nexus for learning, of a pastry that is coveted like a precious jewel.   It’s the story of a strong visual identity that is at once bold, elegant, prominent, modern, dynamic, surprising, flexible and unifying.   It’s the story of a creative, unconventional campaign that highlights our country’s full range of strengths, skills and savoir-faire. And for good reason – France is at the forefront of technology, design, industry and education, to name but a few sectors.   It’s the story of France today: solid fundamentals enhanced by an outstanding ability to innovate and a c

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