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.

“Choose France!” summit focusing on France’s attractiveness to business

Purva Marwaha - 23-janv.-2018 07:30:22
  The President of France will be attending the “Choose France!” summit at the Palace of Versailles on Monday January 22, where distinguished guests will include nearly 140 business leaders representing some the world’s biggest businesses in a wide variety of sectors, from the automotive industry to new technologies, agri-food, financial services and healthcare. The “Choose France!” summit is another key stage in the promotion of France’s attractiveness as a business location after several months of far-reaching economic reforms by the French government. The aim of the event is to highlight how France stands up as an attractive business destination, underpinned by the announcement of various investment projects in France and the presence of 140 business leaders, many of whom are on their way to the World Economic Forum in Davos (Switzerland), who will discuss their ambitions in France with the President, Prime Minister and 16 ministers. Five multinational firms will use the summit to announce major investment projects in France. Each of these will serve as a symbolic illustration – due to either their size, the sums being invested, growth or jobs being generated, or their excellence and significance for sectors of the future. A handful of smaller projects will also be announced during the event. As part of a day largely given over to France’s attractiveness to business, the President of France will also pay an early afternoon visit to Toyota’s industrial plant near Valenciennes (north-eastern France), where the Toyota Yaris is made (3.5 million units produced since opening in 2001) and 3,800 people are employed at a site driving employment in the local area. It is also the 25th largest factory in France, turning out 30% of Toyota’s total output in Europe. Following his visit to Valenciennes, the President will travel straight to the Palace of Versailles, where he is scheduled to arrive around 6pm. He will take part in several bilateral meetings, including with Sheryl Sandberg, Chief Operating Officer of Facebook, Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google Inc., Vasant Narasimhan, CEO of Novartis, Bill McDermott, CEO of SAP and John Chambers, formerly Executive Chairman of Cisco. The bilateral meetings will be followed by a dinner, preceded by an introductory speech from the President and a question-answer session with the invited business leaders. 1. “Choose France!” summit agenda and participants       140 business leaders from nearly 30 countries are taking part in the “Choose France!” summit, including: Sundar Pichai (Google), Sheryl Sandberg (Facebook), Dominic Barton (McKinsey), Stuart Gulliver (HSBC), Jesper Brodin (Ikea), Bill McDermott (SAP), Lloyd Blankfein (Goldman Sachs), David Abney (UPS), Guido Barilla (Barilla), Jason Chen (Acer), Alexandre Dayon (Salesforce), Warren East (Rolls Royce Plc), Michael Evans (Alibaba), Jeffrey Harmening (General Mills), Lars Fruergaard Joergensen (Novo Nordisk), Joe Kaeser (Siemens), Martin Lundsdedt (Volvo Group), Antonio Neri (Hewlett Packard), Shunichi Miyanaga (Mitsubishi), James Quincey (Coca Cola Company), Young Sohn (Samsung Electronics), Richard Liu ( and Jonas Prising (Manpower Group).   Various French business leaders will also be in attendance, including Thomas Buberl (Axa), Jean- Laurent Bonnafe (BNP Paribas), Ross McInnes (Safran) and Emmanuel Faber (Danone).   There are four parts to the schedule for the afternoon at the Palace of Versailles:       1.00pm-2.30pm: Arrival of business leaders for lunch with the French Prime Minister 2.30pm-6.00pm: Bilateral meetings and topic-based workshop sessions held in parallel: Tony Estanguet - “Paris 2024: sharing optimism!” Bruno Le Maire - “Economic reform in France” Cédric Villani - “Artificial intelligence” Mounir Mahjoubi - “Digitalization of the French economy” Muriel Penicaud: “Social transformation in France” John Chambers: “Innovation and start up ecosystem” 6.00pm: Arrival of the President of France and bilateral meetings 8.00pm: Dinner, preceded by an introductory speech from the President of France           KEY FIGURES FOR THE “CHOOSE FRANCE!” SUMMIT:       More than 30 countries represented (approx. 50% from Europe, 25% from the United States, 25% from Africa, the Middle East and Asia).   ·                 A dozen job-creating investment projects.   The President and Prime Minister of France joined by 16 ministers: Jean-Yves Le Drian (Europe and Foreign Affairs), Bruno Le Maire (Economy and Finance), Muriel Penicaud (Labour), Agnès Buzyn (Solidarity and Health), Gérald Darmanin (Government Action and Public Accounts), Florence Parly (Armed Forces), Nicole Belloubet (Justice), Françoise Nyssen (Culture), Stéphane Travert (Agriculture and Food), Elisabeth Borne (Transport), Laura Flessel (Sport), Mounir Mahjoubi (Digital Affairs), Brune Poirson (Ecological and Inclusive Transition), Delphine Geny-Stephann (Economy and Finance), Nathalie Loiseau (European Affairs) and Benjamin Griveaux (Government Spokesperson).   ·                 Around 300 bilateral meetings scheduled during the afternoon at the Palace of Versailles, between business leaders and:   Members of government. Institutional participants (French telecoms regulator ARCEP, France’s public investment bank Bpifrance, French state investment fund Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations, Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs, French government Treasury Directorate DG Trésor, etc.). Meetings are also scheduled between French and foreign business leaders.  

147 french companies at Vibrant Gujarat

Julian HOARAU - 13-janv.-2017 07:07:39
The Minister of Foreign Affairs and international development, Mr. Jean-Marc Ayrault, led a delegation of 147 members to the Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit on 10 January 2017. Investor leading in India, France, Summit partner country, is committed to partnerships with the Indian Government and the State of Gujarat. Nobel Prize of physics Serge Haroche, known for his work on atomic physics, quantum optics, the study of the photon and the development of laser spectroscopy, also participated in the Conclave of the winners of the Nobel Prize. The trade delegation, framed by Business France consisted of 60 French companies specialized in the sectors of energy, urban development, management of water and waste, aviation, logistics, food industry, transport, new technologies of information and communication, housing (biotechnology, metal coatings, dental, electronic, pharmaceutical, textile), Board, banking and finance. The CEOs of the major French mutltinationales, including EDF and Cap Gemini, attended the Conclave of CEO. On this occasion Mr. Jean-Marc Ayrault, visited the French pavilion of the exhibition. The large number of participating companies, with a wide range of skills advanced, wants to work with Indian features and is fully committed to the ambitious initiative "Make in India". France, with his industry experience and expertise in advanced technologies, built a partnership for the future with the India supporting actively in achieving its main objectives in the areas of the development of transport, energy, agriculture, infrastructure and industry. France held a seminar country on January 11, which focused on two key themes: energy needs for the future and urban transport integrated in the Smart City. 12 french experts have shared their innovative proposals for the transformation of waste into energy, intelligent lighting, the stand-alone solutions for smart village, the manufacture of solar panels, connected solutions for urban transport, the intelligent parking and train stations of the future. Gujarat is one of the Indian States in stronger growth, but it is also one of the most attractive for investments. That’s why Vibrant Gujarat 2017 attracted 60 French companies from diverse industries already established in India or willing to expand their business here. The France invests in India, made in India and innovates in India. To strengthen Indo cooperation already very successful, regional economic Service of the Embassy of France in India and France Business remain at the disposal of the authorities and Indian companies to further develop bilateral economic relations.

"Why smart investors choose France? "

Julian Hoarau - 02-déc.-2016 12:00:41
On the occasion of the SME Summit organized by the Confederation of Indian Industry on Tuesday 22 November 2016, Business France India and the Regional Economic Service of New Delhi hosted a Country Session on France entitled "Why smart investors choose France? "In the presence of some 50 Indian companies. This seminar highlighted the comparative advantages of France as an investment destination for the Indian business community and to raise awareness of the latest reforms introduced by the French government to facilitate the "Doing business" in France.   Business France / India also held a booth during the 2 days of the summit, on 22 and 23 November

Creative France Enhances India’s Smart City Agenda

Purva Marwaha - 11-mai-2016 11:11:31
With an aim to establish a lasting, positive dialogue with  India  about ’ France Inc .’ and its ability to innovate, Business France, the agency for international development of the French economy, hosted the  France India Business Summit.  The event, organised as part of the on-going Creative France campaign, showcased the work of some of  France’s  top technology companies and start-ups who aim to revolutionize smart city planning and sustainable development in  India . These technologies range from urban planning, architecture, waste management, water supply, transport planning and operation to IoT solutions and more. Addressing a gathering comprising of  India’s  top brass and captains of Indian industry,  Dominique Frachon , Director Invest Business France India,  said, "Indo-French Business Summit served as a platform to showcase, through Creative France, the whole French creative ecosystem and their recognised expertise in the urban development sector. With our multi-disciplinary approach, we aim to provide holistic solutions to help  India  achieve its smart cities vision." Some of the biggest technology names, SME’s and public authorities in  France  including IAU Paris Regional Planning Agency, CEA Tech, and Dassaut Systemes presented their expertise and innovative solutions in the context of the tremendous dynamism of the Indian urban infrastructure sector and the unparalleled challenges that Indian urban territories are currently facing. Such interactions between French solution providers and their potential Indian partners and end-users are aimed at determining the necessity of French solutions to tackle the challenges faced by Indian cities as they gear up to go ’ smart ’. Jagan Shah , Director National Institute of Urban Affairs,  said, "The collaboration with the French institutes and agencies will be very beneficial to  India’s  smart city mission because  France  is a world leader in innovative research and development on urban planning and development. For example,  France  has developed innovative ways to capture urban land value and the French people have been the beneficiaries because their cities have become more financially self-sufficient, thereby improving local quality of life.  France  can also help with institutional collaborations that result in skill development, new solutions and the productive use of advanced technology for smart cities project. The areas of urban and regional planning, and incubation of appropriate technologies should also be explored."

France India Business Summit on Sustainable and Smart City

Thomas ILHE - 06-mai-2016 14:47:31
Tuesday, May 10 at Imperial Hotel, New Delhi | Time: 9:00 am – 12 noon Businesses are breaking new ground and paving the way for a more connected, collaborative and sustainable future. A growing list of French companies is looking to present their expertise and innovative solutions particularly in the context of the tremendous dynamism of the Indian urban infrastructure sector and the unparalleled challenges that Indian urban territories are currently facing.    The interactions between French solutions providers and their potential Indian partners and end users are aimed at determining the suitability of French solutions to the challenges faced by Indian cities as they are willing to go "smart". Business France invites you to witness the work of some of France’s top technology companies and start-ups who aim to revolutionize smart-city planning and sustainable development in India.    Speakers at the Plenary:    Mr. Christian Testot, Deputy Head of Mission, French Embassy in India    Mr. Nicolas Fornage, Director for South Asia, Agence Française de Développement   Prof. Jagan Shah, Director, National Institute of Urban Affairs Mr. Eric Huybrechts, Associated Professor on urban & regional planning, Ile-de-France Regional Planning Agency  Mr. Emmanuel Flahaut, Deputy Head of Institute, International Partnership, CEA Tech Liten Business France is the national agency supporting the international development of the French economy. It is 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:   RSVP: Neeru Rajpal +91 9899240034 ( )    Saurabh Kumar +91 8587848727 ( )

France: Your Preferred Destination

Thomas ILHE - 19-oct.-2015 14:33:14
Ahead of the France visit of a delegation from the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), its President, Dr Jyotsna Suri, and the Ambassador of France to India, H.E. Mr François Richier, jointly hosted a working lunch on the theme of “France: Your Preferred Destination”.   The world’s sixth largest economy by GDP, France is a popular destination for FDI, with a weekly average of 19 new companies choosing this European country for new investments . Its efficient public services, world-class infrastructure, diversified technological base, highly skilled and productive workforce and demographics – one of Europe’s most dynamic – make France a top FDI choice. On this occasion, a five-minute film highlighting France as a creative and attractive destination for the Indian industry was released. Three Indian industrialists from different sectors also shared their experience on doing business in France. This was also an opportunity to take stock of the latest developments of French investments in India. Dr Suri and Ambassador Richier delivered the opening remarks and welcome addresses respectively over the working lunch, which took place on Wednesday, 14 October 2015, at FICCI, Federation House. French Trade Commission heads, Messrs Dominique Frachon, Director - Business France India (Investments), and Thibaut Fabre, Director - Business France India provided explanatory remarks on the theme. France: Your Preferred Destination “France: Your Preferred Destination” , was an event spotlighting the European business hub of France as an attractive destination for the Indian industry. Over 20,000 foreign companies are present in France, where they employ more than 2 million people. Every week, 19 foreign companies choose France for new investments. In this respect, France provides outstanding competitive advantages: France is the sixth largest economy in the world by GDP, located at the heart of a 500-million consumer market, with more than 65 million consumers in France alone – the second largest in Europe. Thirty-one French companies rank among the world’s top 500. France is the world’s leading destination for foreign tourists. France boasts efficient public services and world-class infrastructure. France offers a diversified technological base and a highly skilled and productive workforce. France has one of Europe’s most dynamic demographics, reflecting the country’s confidence in the future. Creative France : To underscore the country’s impressive assets, the French government is launching a worldwide campaign, “Creative France”, which highlights France’s commitment to R&D and consistently achieving excellence . Its focus is on French initiatives and savoir-faire, showcasing creativity and innovation in fields such as technology, industry, science, the arts, fashion, and cuisine. The campaign reflects the story of today’s France: solid fundamentals enhanced by an outstanding ability to innovate and a constant push to break new ground. Equal parts spirited and serious, France bucks convention while reaching for the summit. Creative France is the new face of France’s economic dynamism. Business France : Creative France is powered by Business France, a French government national agency that supports the international development of the French economy by promoting the country’s appeal, companies and regions. Business France India supports Indians investors looking to set up operations in France. With its roots firmly established at the local level, Business France helps firms choose an investment site best suited to the investors’ projects, and puts them in contact with the most relevant innovation clusters for their companies. It can also offer them expert advice, in addition to serving as their partner with regard to the French authorities, thereby ensuring the long-term success and growth of their project. Crompton Greaves success story : An important success story is the investment project of Crompton Greaves, a subsidiary of the Avantha Group, in Grenoble. Awarded a contract following the tender call floated by ERDF (subsidiary of EDF, the French electricity board), Crompton Greaves is inaugurating this very day their “SMARTGRIDS” production and R&D Centre in Grenoble . This investment project highlights both Crompton Greaves’ state-of-the-art technology and the global attractiveness of the French city of Grenoble in the electronics sector.  
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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