Electricity, Renewable energy, Nuclear
United Arab Emirates; April 9th 2015 - The French Business Council of Dubai & Northern Emirates (FBC), French Chamber of Commerce and Industry - and Business France - The French Trade Commission, in collaboration with DEWA (Dubai Electricity and Water Authority) will host their first common event: Forum France DEWA. It will be dedicated to Green Economy in the UAE.
From April 20th to 23rd 2015, Forum France DEWA will happen for the first time in the Middle East and will take place during WETEX exhibition (Water, Energy, Technology and Environment Exhibition). The key events of this forum are:
- France DEWA Seminar on April 20th, at The Sustainable building DEWA in Dubai
- The first French pavilion at WETEX from April 21st to 23rd at Dubai World Trade Centre
- French Business Council Gala Dinner on April 23rd
A Memorandum of Understanding will be signed between DEWA, the FBC and Business France on this occasion to further commit the parties’ collaboration towards a more sustainable and green economy. This MoU will be signed in presence of Nicolas Hulot, Special Envoy of the President of the French Republic for the preservation of the Planet.
With the presence of H.E. Saeed Mohammed AL TAYER, MD & CEO of DEWA, H.E. Mrs Anne-Marie IDRAC, French Special representative for trade with the UAE, H.E. Mr Michel MIRAILLET, Ambassador of France in the UAE and H.E. Mrs Muriel PENICAUD, French Ambassador for International Investment and CEO of Business France, this seminar will bring knowledgeable insights with presentations of the strategy and sustainable projects of Dubai.
Dubai is committed through the Dubai Intergrated Energy Strategy 2030, to generate 7% of Dubai’s total power output using solar energy by 2020 and 15% by 2030.
The French Business Council, Business France and the French companies are committed to support these local major projects in energy and water coming by 2020, to take part in a global exposure and to showcase their know-how to the local and world’s leading players.
According to Michel Miraillet, Ambassador of France in the UAE, the relations between France and UAE have never been so close. With the France DEWA Forum, the two countries put a new milestone in the development of more contacts between top local actors, like DEWA, and French companies which share the same vision in building a better and sustainable future in Dubai.
Each major part of this forum will take place in different venues:
The France DEWA Seminar (DEWA Sustainable building) will be a unique opportunity for attendees to meet local decision makers and French companies showcasing their cutting-edge solutions in the following areas: Smart Grid & Renewable Energies, Smart Water and Energy Efficiency.
It will start with a plenary session presentation on the UAE green strategies by His Excellency Mr. Al TAYER.
Workshops and brainstorming sessions led by highly-qualified speakers. Workshops will be organized separately on smart grid, renewable energies, smart water and energy efficiency in a restricted committee: French experts, local institutions’ stakeholders and local companies can think and share ideas with the concept of ‘round tables’.
WETEX Exhibition (held at the Dubai World Trade Centre) is internationally-recognized as one of the most prominent achievements of Dubai’s economy in green technology, renewable energy projects. At this global exhibition, the French Companies will showcase their latest innovations to the world leading players in the Water, Energy and Environment Technology industries with the organization for the first time of a 3-day dedicated French Pavilion.
FBC Gala Dinner (The Adress Montgomerie) will be the closing ceremony of the France-DEWA Forum, under the theme of "Sustainability and Technology for a better future". For its growing community, the French Business Council Dubai (FBC) will celebrate its annual Gala Dinner which happens to be the first corporate event of the French Business Community and will host 1000 guests including official personalities such as Harry ROSELMACK, French TV Presenter, DEWA VIP, the French Ambassador, the French Consul, representatives of Dubai Chamber of Commerce and top management of the French companies based in Dubai. This prominent annual celebration will take place in a glamorous atmosphere under the stars at the iconic venue of the Address Montgomerie in Dubai with a fine gastronomy including live cooking stations of talented Chefs from prestigious restaurants in Dubai & a French touch with live music band from France!
The official partners of this 4-day France-DEWA Forum are: Alstom, Schneider Electric, GDF Suez, Veolia, Lucibel, Switch Made and EDF.
About the French Business Council – FBC:
The French Business Council came into existence 27 years ago with two main objectives:
• to promote and invigorate its business community through a range of events and services
• to promote and develop economic and trade relations between France, Dubai and Northern Emirates.
Today the FBC is proud to animate a community of 680 members with approximately 80 events organized per year.
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 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.
Miryem Oukas Messidi
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VIE - French International Internship Program
During his visit to the United Arab Emirates, Mr. Edouard Courtial, Minister of State for Overseas French Affairs, chaired the Awards Ceremony for the 4th "Grand Prix V.I.E" (a French International Internship Program). The ceremony was organised in the UAE and was held at the residence of the French Ambassador.
Among the people recognised and awarded by the Minister for their commitment in favour of the VIE Program, were four young French people and two companies (TOTAL MARKETING and BNP PARIBAS). This year, this competition has evolved to allow the companies to participate. The first objective was to increase the companies’ awareness of this program and secondly, to reward the most interesting initiatives.
Thanks to the support of all the French team of the Export, the ceremony was a great success. Nearly half of the 160 young French professionals attended the event, as well as several French businessmen. This event was a great opportunity to network on a professional level where participants could exchange and promote ideas regarding the VIE program.
UBIFRANCE, the French agency for international business developement, comes under the aegis of France's Ministry for the Economy, Industry & Employment. UBIFRANCE lies at the heart of France's public-sector export support framework.