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Global sporting retailer, Decathlon, opens 1st store at Battaramulla

Purva Marwaha - 22-oct.-2018 10:49:46
Opening up a whole new world of sports innovation for Sri Lanka, Decathlon Sri Lanka has launched its first store at Battaramulla on 13 th October 2018, located at 260/1, Pannipitiya Road, Battaramulla, prominently located beside the Buddhadasa ground. Demonstrating its passion for sports, Decathlon’s store offers a unique sport store concept that showcases 2500 products catering to 50 sports, coupled with a distinctive and personalised customer service. The store is spread across 1200 m 2  space dedicated for sports to allow shoppers and sports lovers to browse the store at leisure. The store caters to all levels of sports enthusiasts, from beginners to advanced. Decathlon not only provides quality sports gear, but also offers a 500 m2 free access playground for football & multisports; 4 indoor experience zones (for football, fitness, cycling and trekking); along with 50 sport practices under the same roof and 2500 products – a true paradise for sports lovers. The store will be open from 9 am to 9 pm and offers spacious parking for 100 cars. Expressing his delight at the launch of Decathlon’s first store, Etienne Mafart, Country Leader of Decathlon Sri Lanka said, “Decathlon is committed to converting people to adopt healthy lifestyles through fitness and sports. We are all delighted sportspeople who have turned our passion into our job, which is to make sport accessible for many. For four decades now, Decathlon’s teams have accompanied, facilitated – and even revolutionized – the practice of athletes around the world. At Decathlon, innovation holds a primordial place both in our stores and in our products. Behind each product, there is an idea, an expectation, an intuition…. emanating from an athlete, a sport user or a Decathlon teammate. We see a similar passion for sports amongst Sri Lankans and we hope Decathlon inspires them even more to pursue sports. We are thrilled to make Decathlon a part of the city’s sport ecosystem. We are proud to welcome Sri Lanka into Decathlon’s network of 45 countries and 1414 stores.” Decathlon already has a decade-long footprint in Sri Lanka, where it has based one of its main manufacturing facilities. After 10 years in Sri Lanka, Decathlon will be manufacturing 45 million products in 2018 with the involvement of its industrial partners. Its factory has 80 associates engaged in production compliance, quality and service. In Sri Lanka, 20 000 employees work for Decathlon, from 15 suppliers in 18 factories. The company has exported 2600 containers globally in 2018. Vatsal Pant, Store Leader, said, “The Decathlon store boasts a team of 40 passionate sports lovers engaged in a variety of sports who are truly dedicated to make sports accessible for all in Sri Lanka. Together we will inspire Sri Lankans to keep playing sport with a smile!”   Sensitive of giving back to society, Decathlon is associated with a host of sustainability initiatives globally. In Sri Lanka, the company is focusing on revealing the potential of young women in Sri Lanka. Commenting on Decathlon’s commitment, Suranjani Wickremeratne, Founder Member of Tarana Foundation added, “Tarana Foundaion is happy to collaborate with Decathlon Sri Lanka on their CSR Project to provide young girls in children’s homes an opportunity to harness and build their personality through an effective sports program. This will enable these young girls to raise the bar and will strongly support pursuing their life ambitions.” Decathlon was established in Englos, France, in 1976 and reported a turnover of 11 billion€ as at end 2017. It is the largest sporting goods retailer in the world.       Source: Lanka Business Online: https://bit.ly/2q3feaP

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.    

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.

Requirement for a Trade Officer in the Business Services Department of Business France – French Trade & Investment Agency, French Consulate General Mumbai

Purva Marwaha - 30-mai-2017 06:47:08
Requirement for a Trade Officer in the Business Services Department of Business France – French Trade & Investment Agency, French Consulate General Mumbai       Promotion & Management of the French International Main Activity :   Volunteer Program for French companies    -Promotion & Management of the V.I.Es or French Interns                                        employed in French subsidiaries in India Main projects :         -Market Access(legal,regulatory,setting up of businesses), helping the legal officer  -Administration, maintenance of utilities           Appointment date :May 2017 (Duration of contract : Indeterminate)                   Work                           BUSINESS FRANCE is the national agency supporting the Environment :            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     BUSINESS FRANCE EXPORT activity is mainly   -To play an advisory role, help French companies to find partners, commercialise their products & services and also to help them set up businesses in India                                                   -the    promotion    &    management     of    the    V.I.E-French International Volunteership program, implemented by the law of 14 march 2000, permitting French companies to hire  a young person upto the age of 28 years, to gain professional experience abroad for a period of 6 months extendable upto 24 months, renewable once during this period.   BUSINESS FRANCE INVEST faciliates & attracts Indian investments into France & provides support to Indian companies to invest in France.   The BUSINESS France team in India is also responsible for Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka & is composed  of about 30 experts présent in 4 offices - New Delhi, Bombay, Bangalore, Chennai and is composed of the following sectors of activities :   www.businessfrance.fr     -   Agro-business Dept -   Lifestyle, Consumer Goods & Healthcare Dept  -   Infrastructure, Transport and Industry Dept -   ICTs, Retail and Services Dept   BUSINESS FRANCE India also has a Business Services Team proposing Market Acces- Marketing & Communication and the management of the VIE program.   Activities:   Under the supervision & responsibility of the Head of Business Services Department, the Trade Officer will be incharge of the management & coordination of the below mentioned activités;                                                      Volontariat          International           en           Entreprise(V.I.E) (http://en.businessfrance.fr/international-internship-program) -promotion of the VIE program to big French companies, their subsidiairies in India and to large Indian groups present in France.  -management of the administrative formalities and communicating regularly to the VIEs on the security mesures that they have to respect at all times -regular correspondance with the officers of the regional offices of the Foreigners Registration Bureaux(FRRO) and the managers of the VIEs in France -organisation of seminars in different Indian cities to promote the VIE program  -respond efficiently & effectively by email and by telephone to questions of the VIEs,of the French & Indian companies and their HR Managers. -organise a Grand Prix VIE competition every year for the VIEs   Market Access - reply to French companies questions on market access, customs & regulatory requirements always in collaboration with the legal expert of Business France -generate sponsoring for Business France events, for our publications via advertisement pages  -recrutement of French companies for our individuel or collective programs via emailing & telephone    Administration -preparation of the monthly budgets, management of the office equipment(printer, coffee machine...) and stationary   -cash reimbursements and ordering required material -Incharge of the generic email, inde@businessfrance.fr        Required skills & - Graduation or post graduation in commerce stream or  a candidate profile :   degree/diploma in management   Work experience of about 3 to 4 years and a role in Human resources and Administration preferred.     Page 2 sur 3   -an organised approach to work and a target oriented personality to achieve both qualitatif & quantitative objectives  - a commercial approach, good interaction with clients and managing their requests professionally & efficiently within the stipulated time lines -             ability to multitask & meet deadlines, displaying skills of a team player, managing all logistic aspects during events and accompanying delegations whenever necessary. -             assisting the Head of Dept to gather information on resultats achieved by all the team members, summarize results,make power point presentations and coordinate with other members of the team to collect data -             good inter personal contact, ease while speaking on the telephone & ability to develop a network of good high level contacts  -             excellent knowledge of french & english both written & spoken with very good writing ability in both the languages.A good knowledge of Indian languages especially hindi -excellent knowledge of Microsoft ofice (Word, Excel & Powerpoint).   The nature of work involved is confidential & the selected candidat is required to take cognizance of & adhere to the same.     Contact :                  This is an immediate requirement.Interested candidates are requested to send their C.V & covering letter in french alongwith   their     salary expectations   to   shilpa.patil@businessfrance.fr 

LOUVRE HOTELS GROUP BUYS INTO SAROVAR HOTELS AND BECOMES ONE OF THE LARGEST HOTEL GROUPS IN INDIA

Purva Marwaha - 19-janv.-2017 10:05:04
  Louvre Hotels Group buys into Sarovar Hotels and becomes one of the largest hotel groups in India       Louvre Hotels Group, 2 nd largest hotel group in Europe, announces its acquisition of a majority stake in Sarovar Hotels, the largest independent Indian hotel chain in terms of hotels and presence. The European hotel group continues to rollout its international expansion plans with this, its first investment of size in the Indian subcontinent. India, with its fast-growing economy, its global tourism potential and a significant under- penetration of branded hotel rooms, represents a new opportunity and a strategic market of more than 1.2 billion inhabitants for the group.       After launching a far-reaching scheme to strengthen its positions in China and South-East Asia, Louvre Hotels Group   continues to boost its presence in South Asia, keeping up with the region’s constantly growing leisure and business tourism. The group has decided to become a majority stakeholder in Sarovar Hotels, an Indian company made up of 75 hotels on the premium, mid -range and budget sectors, through 3 leading brands:   Sarovar Premiere  Sarovar Portico  Hometel    In addition to the above three brands, the group also has two well established F&B brands, The Geoffrey’s Pub and the Oriental Blossom, and manages the lodging and catering facilities of various institutions in India. Furthermore, the group manages 10 hotels under the Radisson, Park Plaza and Park Inn brands.   Sarovar Hotels was founded in 1994 by Anil Madhok, a hotel industry expert on India, Singapore and Sri Lanka markets. It is also run by Ajay K. Bakaya and Mansoor Adil who have built it into a robust and effective hotel platform combining marketing, human resources, operations, management and technical services.   Leveraging its hotel expertise and seasoned management staff, Sarovar has developed significantly over the past 5 years, growing from 4500 to nearly 6000 rooms in over 50 cities. Sarovar has a secured pipeline of over 20 hotels, most of which are due to join the network shortly.   Over the last few years, Sarovar also started to develop its brands outside its boundaries, targeting Africa, and more significantly Eastern Africa, which de facto also strengthens Louvre Hotels Group positioning as the largest hotel group in this part of the world.     This strong and experienced team will continue to provide its expertise and manage the hotels under its brands. Both hotel groups share the desire to continue developing Sarovar Hotels brands. This powerful platform will also sustain the development of Louvre Hotels Group brand which has been present in the Indian sub-continent since 2007 and currently manages 22 hotels under its Golden Tulip Umbrella brand.     This reconciliation between Louvre Hotels Group and Sarovar Hotels offers unprecedented synergies between strong local brands and the world’s 5 th largest hotel group. Respective hotel owners for both groups will benefit immediately from such synergies including local and international management expertise, world-wide distribution, loyalty programs, sales and marketing initiatives, and procurement services.       This deal clearly demonstrates the ambition of Louvre Hotels Group; boosting its development through strategic deals on high potential markets.   “Number 2 in Europe, Number 1 in China, and now a leader in India, we really are a major global player, present in all major markets, and in all the hospitality segments. Sarovar is a fantastic platform, very promising for the future, mostly due to the professionalism and the local expertise of its smart team.” emphasises Pierre-Frédéric Roulot, CEO Louvre Hotels Group "Over the last two decades, Sarovar Hotels has grown to be one of the fastest growing hospitality chains in India. The association with Louvre Hotels Group will help us to spread our wings further and we will continue to develop our brands. With local and international capabilities, we aim to be the leading brand in the business and bring in major benefits to our guests”, comments Anil Madhok, Executive Chairman, Sarovar Hotels       Source: http://bit.ly/2iEfBY6  

Dr Shailesh Ayyangar conferred Officer of the National Order of Merit

Julian HOARAU - 17-nov.-2016 06:04:04
Mumbai, 15 November 2016 On behalf of the President of the French Republic, H.E. Mr Alexandre Ziegler, Ambassador of France to India, conferred the high French distinction, Officier de l’Ordre national du Mérite (Officer of the National Order of Merit) on Dr. Shailesh Ayyangar, Managing Director - India and Vice President - South Asia, Sanofi, on Tuesday, 15th November 2016. The honour comes in recognition of his outstanding contribution and dedication to promoting public health, particularly amongst children and diabetics, and turning scientific innovations into therapeutic solutions. Dr Shailesh Ayyangar Dr Shailesh Ayyangar , born on 15th October 1954, is the Managing Director - India and Vice President - South Asia, Sanofi (Global healthcare leader present in India since 1956) and President - Organisation of Pharmaceutical Producers of India (OPPI), unanimously elected for four consecutive years since 2013. A graduate in Veterinary Science, Dr Ayyangar holds a Post-graduate Degree in Business Management from the Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Ahmedabad, Gujarat. In his career spanning over three decades, he has gathered wide-ranging experience in the pharmaceutical industry. In April 2002 he joined Sanofi as Managing Director, which was further extended to the combined Company Sanofi-Aventis, in 2005. In 2010, he was assigned additional responsibilities for Sanofi’s South Asia Zone comprising Pakistan, Bangladesh, India, Nepal and Sri Lanka. In 2014, Dr Ayyangar was listed among ‘India’s Best CEOs’ in Mid-Sized Companies category by Business India magazine, and in 2013, he was recognized as ‘Most Valuable CEO’ in Mid-Sized Companies category by Business World magazine. Along with his corporate vision for positioning Sanofi as a market leader, Dr Ayyangar also undertook initiatives for social and educational development. Thus, Sanofi India has implemented several projects for promoting public health, particularly amongst children and diabetics. Sanofi provides full financing for a programme – supported by the Public Health Foundation of India – aimed at promoting hygiene among Indian schoolchildren. Further, Sanofi India helps towards recreational facilities in Indian hospitals and conducts free health check-ups near its Goa plant. At Dr Ayyangar’s initiative, almost 300 Sanofi employees carry out voluntary work for the benefit of underprivileged children in Mumbai. It may be noted that the company also came to the aid of people severely affected by the 2013 and 2014 floods in North India. Ordre National du Mérite Ordre National du Mérite  (French National Order of Merit) was instituted in 1963 by General Charles de Gaulle. It is awarded for distinguished services rendered in public, civil, military posts, or a private profession.
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Sophie Clavelier, Country Head   Welcome to the French Trade Commission Business France in India!     Our key mission is to promote trade relations between France and India. We assist French- based companies seeking potential partners and new markets in India, while helping Indian businesses to identify potential French suppliers, commercial and technical partners.   In India, our 4 offices are located in business hubs, New Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru and Chennai. We have a dedicated multicultural team of 38 experts in the following growing sectors: Agrofood Industry Industry and Cleantech Lifestyle and Healthcare Tech & Services Our Trade Commission also has a Press office in charge of helping French companies to communicate in India as well as a Market Access Department enabling them to better understand and adjust to the Indian regulatory and fiscal framework. In

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