Feb 19 2012

French Business Council Dubai & Northern Emirates marks 25 years in the UAE

French Business Council Dubai & Northern Emirates marks 25 years in the UAE
New FBC leadership introduces new initiatives and aims to drive membership higher in 2012

19 February 2012 (Dubai, United Arab Emirates): The French Business Council Dubai & Northern Emirates (FBC) will mark the milestone of 25 years in the UAE, in 2012, with a series of new initiatives under the direction of a new President and new Director. The FBC was formed in 1987 to promote business and economic relations between Dubai and Northern Emirates and France, and is a not for profit organisation with over 500 members.

The anniversary milestone is set against a background of continued growth in the presence and impact of the French business community in the UAE. The number of registered French nationals in the UAE is 14,500 and the total community is estimated at 20,000. The UAE became France's leading trade partner in the GCC in 2011, with the value of French exports to the UAE rising to more than 3.5 billion Euros in 2011. The number of French companies based in the UAE stands at around 400, mainly in Dubai, and is increasing at around 10 per cent per annum.

The FBC will mark its Silver Jubilee year in 2012 with a series of new initiatives to help strengthen bilateral ties - including a roadshow to the Northern Emirates, a focus on supporting the development of young professionals, and launch of a new Young Professional French Tuesday event held each quarter. The FBC will continue its regular member activities including the annual membership confidence survey, which will be published in February. The celebrations will peak with a special celebratory gala dinner to be held in March, for members, VIP guests and with non members also very welcome to attend.

The FBC's 25th anniversary takes place against a backdrop of rising membership, growing bilateral trade and increasingly strong educational and cultural links between the UAE and France.

"The FBC continues to grow and we can look ahead to 2012 with a great deal of optimism. The new team at the FBC is now focused on our three-year plan to steer the group to the next level with a significantly larger membership, stronger relationships with Emirati organisations and a clear position as a Franco-Emirati chamber of commerce," says new FBC President, Mr Claude Valle. "We believe we can help encourage investment into the UAE from France, as relations continue to deepen between our two countries. A recent delegation from the FBC's 'LE Club' met with the Minister of State for Foreign Trade in Paris and there is clearly a lot of support for our work here and a strong commitment to the UAE."

"The 25th anniversary is an important milestone for the FBC and we aim to use the momentum of these new initiatives to propel the group forward and help drive our membership," adds new FBC Director, Yolande Pineda. "Over the last two years, the FBC has continued to broaden its scope of activities, creating a new senior management group for members in larger corporations - 'LE Club' - to complement the SME group (Club Synergie). Our new initiatives will add even greater value for our members, alongside our advisory, recruitment, serviced office and networking services, whilst also helping to drive membership growth."


About the French Business Council
The French Business Council of Dubai & the Northern Emirates (FBC) was formed in 1987 and is a non profit association under UAE law with over 500 members. It was created to promote business relationships and increase economic and business relations between France and Dubai and the Northern Emirates. The FBC provides business support and recruitment services to French companies and businesspeople, with a full time team of seven staff and an Executive Committee of 12 elected board members.


Claude Valle, President - French Business Council Dubai & Northern Emirates
Claude Valle is an Engineer by training and spent 15 years in French Naval Aviation as an Etendard IV pilot on Aircraft Carriers CLEMECEAU and FOCH, and retired with the rank of Capitaine de Corvette (Lt-Cdr). He then spent 20 years in the electronics industry ( TRT, THOMSON-CSF, THALES ), before spending 10 years in the aircraft equipment industry (SNECMA /SAFRAN) and then moving into consultancy as Consultant in Aeronautics, Defence and Security. He has set up many business operations during his career, including SAFRAN Middle East. Claude is the co-author of a 'practical guidebook to business intelligence for SME managers'. He is a recipient of the Chevalier de l'Ordre National du Mérite

Yolande Pineda, Director - French Business Council Dubai & Northern Emirates

Yolande Pineda graduated from the French Business School - Ecole de Management

Europeen, Strasbourg - majoring in Marketing and Sales, in 1991. She started her career in Nokia Telecommunications in marketing, in France, and held a series of senior communications positions covering France and North West Africa, and then Brazil, following which she was appointed Corporate Communications Director for the Latin America region. In 2007, she moved to Dubai as Communications Director for Middle East and Africa. After more than 17 years with Nokia, she moved to Mars Corporation as Corporate Affairs Director for Middle East, Africa and India. She joined the French Business Council as Director in October 2011.

Issued on behalf of the French Business Council Dubai & Northern Emirates by WPR.

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Jonathan Walsh
WPR, Dubai
Email: jon@wprme.com
Tel: +971 50 4588610

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