Business with France

AMBITION INDIA: save the date

Sophie Clavelier - 27-mars-2019 05:20:34

  SAVE THE DATE   AMBITION INDIA 2019   THE MAIN B2B EVENT BETWEEN FRANCE AND INDIA       Business France, th e Embassy of France in India and the Embassy of India to France are pleased to invite you to attend to:   AMBITION INDIA 2019, an annual business rendez-vous to strengthen trade and investment links between French and Indian companies during which we expect more than 200 companies, experts, advisors and representatives of government bodies.       Schedule:   A plenary session attended by French and Indian officials A round table on “France means Business and Innovation” and a panelist of Indian success stories in France Transversal thematic workshops led by experts for French companies to apprehend the Indian market Lunch and networking cocktail B2B meetings between participating French and Indian companies and experts.      


Motherson is now the 1st Indian employer in France

Audrey Lucbernet - 15-mars-2019 10:56:15

Auto component maker Motherson Sumi Systems has acquired an additional French company, last year, the manufacturer Reydel Automotive Group (Reydel) for USD 201 million (over Rs 1,300 crore). Motherson Sumi Systems (MSSL), flagship company of the Samvardhana Motherson Group (SMG), said this acquisition through its step-down subsidiary Samvardhana Motherson Automotive Systems Group BV (SMRP BV) will bolster its  offerings in the automotive interiors space.   Reydel’s interiors product portfolio includes instrument panels, door panels, console modules, decorative parts and cockpit modules. The company’s global presence spans 20 plants and 16 countries and is supported by a workforce of around 5,500 associates.   Samvardhana Motherson Group is now the largest Indian employer in France with 2,300 employees.     Check the video of Mr. Sehgal, Chairman of Samvardhana Motherson Group talking about his success story in France.      https://youtu.be/-KDNBOCZKIE              


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  


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