(Port Elizabeth) – The Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber hosted a high-powered French delegation earlier this month (April), where selected Chamber members discussed potential business opportunities between France and Nelson Mandela Bay.
Business Chamber CEO Kevin Hustler gave the delegation a full briefing on the Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber, the city’s Industrial Development Strategy, as well as the Business Vision 2030 and potential future catalytic projects in our region.
The French Ambassador to South Africa, Elisabeth Barbier, gave an overview of the state of South African French Relations. Economic Counsellor, Serge Boscher, fleshed out the economic relations between the two nations, while French Trade Commissioner, Director of Business France South Africa, Jacques Torregrossa explained how Business France could assist with trade and investment.
Visiting the Business Chamber for the first time, Dr. Yves Guénon, Chairman and Managing Director of Areva Southern Africa and Vice President of the French Business Chamber, discussed the opportunities available in the nuclear industry, as France hosts 58 plants, and how business must focus on quality and skills development urgently for this type of mega-project.
“We would like to thank the French Ambassador and her delegation for taking the time to meet with our Business Chamber members and look forward to strengthening business relations and fostering partnerships between France and Nelson Mandela Bay”, said Hustler.