From The President's Desk

Dear Members,

 

Greetings from the Indo-French Chamber of Commerce and Industry (IFCCI) and I wish to extend my best wishes for a Happy and Prosperous New Year 2018.

 

Last year was a remarkable year for IFCCI as we celebrated the 40th anniversary of the Chamber through a number of special events and initiatives. On the events side, we organized more than 75 events in six cities including several landmark events such as the inauguration of an honorary representation in PuneIndo-French Manufacturing Conclave, a grand 40th Annual General Meeting in Mumbai, two Gala Dinners in Mumbai and Bangalore in partnership with Atout France. IFCCI Bangalore inaugurated new office premises in the heart of the city centre, strategically located close to corporate offices and the Consulate of France in Bangalore.

In terms of services to members, IFCCI launched four committees; HRCommunications & CSRCFO and Start-Up. These committees aim to create a platform for companies to share best practices. The Chamber also conducted a number of advocacy initiatives to represent the interests of French companies through roundtable meetings with Indian Ministries such as the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, DIPP, Ministry of Urban and Housing Affairs, etc. 

The Chamber also made significant efforts to engage more with its members through online and print mediums. A corporate video was launched along with several new publications such as an Activity ReportGuide on Employment Laws in India and our monthly e-newsletter ‘France Inde Express’ was also redesigned. Lastly, IFCCI assisted 125 French companies in expanding their presence in India through a range of services from studies & information, company set up, incubation, trade facilities, etc. Our Employment Services desk successfully completed 70 placements in French and Indian companies across sectors.

Moving forward, we have an even more ambitious plan for 2018 where we will be focusing on creating more value for our esteemed members. The first important announcement I wish to make it the creation of 13 sector committees in February 2018 which will aim to create a dialogue between companies belonging to the same sector and increase business prospects. Below is the list of Sectors and Chairmen/Vice Chairmen of these committees. Under the leadership of Ms Payal S. Kanwar, Secretary General, IFCCI, the various committees will be coordinated in the following way:

Mr Bruno Bronquard, Regional Director, IFCCI Mumbai will overlook the following:

1. Banking and Finance

o Mr Nicolas Simon, Deputy CEO, SBI Mutual Fund (Chairman)
o Mr Anshumaan Gupta, Head of MNC Coverage, BNP Paribas India (Vice Chairman)

IFCCI Coordinator: Tracy Fernandes, IFCCI Mumbai

2. Higher Education

o Ms Vanita Shastri, Dean of Global Education and Strategic Programs, Ashoka University (Chairman)
o Ms Sophie Collet, India Representative, Sciences Po Paris (Vice-Chairman)

IFCCI Coordinator: Sapna Verma, IFCCI Mumbai

3. FMCG

o Mr Sumeet Anand, Founder, IndSight (Chairman)
o Mr Stephane de Meurville, MD, Moet and Hennessy(Vice-Chairman)

IFCCI Coordinator: Rishika Roy, IFCCI Delhi

4. Healthcare

o Dr Georges Jabre, General Manager, Serdia (Chairman)
o Mr Siva Kumar, Managing Director, Air Liquide Medical Systems (Vice-Chairman)

IFCCI Coordinator: Bruno Bronquard, IFCCI Mumbai

5. Logistics & Maritime

o Mr Mittu Chandilya, CEO Logistics, Adani Ports and SEZ (Chairman)
o Mr Yann Wickers, Route Development Manager, Bolloré (Vice-Chairman)

IFCCI Coordinator: Tessy Simon, IFCCI Delhi

6. Retail

o Mr Jean Garraux, Development Director, Decathlon (Chairman)
o TBD (Vice-Chairman)

IFCCI Coordinators: Shweta Pahuja & Ashish Shukla, IFCCI Mumbai

7. Start-Up

o Mr Pierre-Arnaud Cassin, Managing Director, Ultraconfidentiel
o TBD (Chairman)

IFCCI Coordinator(s): Neha Naithani, IFCCI Delhi

 

Ms Merlin Simon, Regional Director, IFCCI Chennai and Bangalore will coordinate the following:

8. Defence & Aerospace

o Mr Stéphane Lavigne, VP – Sales and Marketing, Thales (Chairman)
o Mr Damodaran Subramanian, Managing Director, Safran Engineering (Vice-Chairman)

IFCCI Coordinators: Yohann Samuel & Priyank Prakash, IFCCI Bangalore

9. Energy & Utilities

o Mr Dhananjay Kumar, Regulatory Affairs, Engie (Chairman)
o TBD (Vice-Chairman)

IFCCI Coordinator: Rishika Roy, IFCCI Delhi

10. Hospitality & Tourism

o Mr Olivier Boulland, Sales Director, Air France(Chairman)
o TBD (Vice-Chairman)

IFCCI Coordinator: Arun Kumar Rai, IFCCI Mumbai

11. Industries

o Mr Jean-Charles Thuard, CEO, Legrand (Chairman)
o Mr Atul Renavikar, Executive Director, Michelin (Vice-Chairman)

IFCCI Coordinators: Merlin Simon & Thara J Kallarckal, IFCCI Chennai

12. I.T., Telecom & Outsourcing

o To be confirmed

IFCCI Coordinators: Yohann Samuel & Priyank Prakash, IFCCI Bangalore

13. Transport

o Mr. Bharat Salhotra, VP Sales and Business Development - APAC, Alstom Transport (Chairman)
o Mr. David Moszkowicz, Managing Director, Lumiplan (Vice-Chairman)

IFCCI Coordinators: Bhavani Srinivsan & Shruthi Miriam Joseph, IFCCI Chennai

 

This year will also be a year for strengthening cooperation between India and France as H.E. Mr Emmanuel Macron, President of the Republic of France is expected for his maiden visit to India in early 2018. The Chamber will also continue to organize a number of business conferences and seminars, workshops and social networking events including the first ever Indo-French Business Awards in April 2018, Sports Tournament in Chennai, Leadership Talks, Annual Gala Dinners in New Delhi and Chennai towards the end of the year.

I would like to personally thank all of our members and stakeholders for their continuous support to the Chamber.

Along with our Vice-Presidents and Chairman, Mr Sumeet Anand (VP-Delhi), Ms Elisa Khetty (VP-Bangalore), Mr Nicolas Simon (VP-Mumbai) and Mr Ferdinand Lavana (Chairman-Chennai), I wish you a successful start to the year.

 

Best wishes,

Mr Guillaume Girard-Reydet
President
IFCCI

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