Business seminar held on February 12th in Johannesburg

Oral statements from the four Ambassadors of France in southern Africa in front of representatives of French companies based in South Africa. A representative from the group Veolia took the floor to support the French Ambassador to Namibia’s speech. The seminar was followed by bilateral meetings between the French Ambassador and company representatives.

The French Ambassador to Namibia, Mme Jacqueline Bassa-Mazzoni, attended, with her colleagues from Botswana, Zambia and Zimbabwe, a business seminar gathering representatives from French companies based in Southern Africa on the 12th of February. This event was organized by the French South African Chamber of Commerce, with the help of the Regional Economic Service and Business France’s local office in Johannesburg. The four Ambassadors gave presentations in tandem with a representative from a French company.

A representative from the French group Veolia made an oral statement to support the French Ambassador’s presentation.

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Veolia representative M. Arnaud Gisclon’s presentation. Source : French South African Chamber of Commerce

These presentations, supplemented by a round of questions and answers, were followed by bilateral meeting between the Ambassador and approximately twenty representatives.

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Bilateral meeting between the French Ambassador to Namibia and M. Nicolas Wolf, Managing Director at Chryso South Africa. Source: French South African Chamber of Commerce

The general aim of this seminar was to value investment opportunities in neighboring countries to South Africa, where over 300 French companies are currently present. The French Ambassador gave an overview of the economic strengths of Namibia, especially regarding its political stability and its economic dynamism, as well as of the main challenges the new elected President will have to face. The Ambassador reaffirmed France’s will to further develop its economic diplomacy in Namibia, especially by supporting French companies.
This seminar, a first in southern Africa, was a true success thanks to high participation and the dynamic created.

published on 02/03/2015

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