News 28 Jul 2017
It has been a frantic time of year for the French New Zealand Chamber of Commerce (FNCCI), having staged many events, and organising upcoming functions and visits. President Nadine Plet reports…
The FNZCCI and its newly elected Board is already busy and in full swing organising the events for this coming year.
We have just celebrated Bastille Day and were honoured to have HE Jeanblanc-Risler, Ambassador of France to NZ join us for a Champagne breakfast, despite her very busy schedule.
On August 10, we have a presentation by the Ambassador of Europe, Bernard Savage on the current status of the free trade agreement negotiations between NZ and Europe, and the impact of the different elections on the European landscape.
The FNZCCI is also finalising their first time participating in the French Festival, which will be staged at Auckland’s Shed 10, on August 26, and is organised with the sponsorship support of Bureau Veritas.
During the day, there will be presentations by NZ Trade and Enterprise (NZTE), and NZ businesses which have developed in France, and French businesses and start-ups which have been developed in NZ.
Smaller workshops exploring more practical aspects of starting a business in NZ and the immigration regulations will follow.
The economic policies of the newly elected French President Emmanuel Macron will facilitate the development of foreign companies in France.
It will reduce the red tape process to start a business in France, and for French companies to support them by decreasing taxes and costs to provide human resources.
The competitiveness of French companies on the international market will increase, and this is one of the top priorities of the Government.
Its policy will go further than the one already initiated by the preceding government, and it will increase the flexibility of work, while attracting foreign investments, and retaining the highly qualified workforce which has a tendency to explore the international scene to find job opportunities.
The Pacific region has a variety of interesting challenges.
It is a region with a strong growth and where businesses can start new initiatives easily.
On July 26, FNZCCI signed a Memorandum of Understanding with New Caledonia Trade and Investment to facilitate trade development and initiatives between New Caledonia and NZ.
The FNZCCI will support those developments with practical advice in response to queries.
French Polynesia is currently looking into exporting some of their products other than pearls in an attempt to diversify their sources of income, and FNZCCI is supporting some of those initiatives.
The year 2017-18 will see some new initiatives from FNZCCI.
We have already started to implement our Tuesday drinks (very popular in Auckland), and for the first time hosting events outside of Auckland, in Hamilton.
Following the initiative of the French Festival, FNZCCI is already planning a similar event specifically focused on the attractiveness of France.
Hopefully, Business France and the French Embassy will be available to join us for this event, as they are unable to participate in the French Festival.
It is without a doubt a very busy year, which will hopefully be of interest to a wide range of people, and attract more members.
FNZCCI events for 2017-18:
Tuesday drinks in Auckland (second Tuesday of the month)
Tuesday drinks in Hamilton (third Tuesday of the month)
Presentation by the Ambassador of Europe, Bernard Savage, August 10
French Festival, Journée Pays, Shed 10 French Festival (August 26)
Entrepreneurs series (September 21 and October 26, TBC)
Visit FNZCCI for more information.
(Main picture caption: This year's FNZCCI Bastille Day Breakfast)