Vision Golfe: Paris Event Unveils Business Opportunities and Partnerships Between France and the Gulf States"
A significant two-day business event, "Vision Golfe," kicks off in Paris, highlighting opportunities for robust commercial partnerships between France and the Gulf states. This new platform aims to foster cooperation in high-growth sectors encompassing trade, sports, culture, energy, and the environment, attracting key economic players, government officials, small business leaders, start-ups, and senior executives.
The relationship between France and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) has witnessed substantial political, economic, and cultural developments in recent years. Axel Baroux, the Trade and Investment Commissioner of Business France Middle East, expressed France's historical partnership with Saudi Arabia and its commitment to contributing to Vision 2030 megaprojects.
The event features opening remarks by Bruno Le Maire, France's Minister of Economy, Finance, and Industrial and Digital Sovereignty, along with Laurent Saint-Martin, Director General of Business France. Distinguished participants include French and regional ministers, GCC Secretary-General Jasem Albudaiwi, Saudi Minister of Industry and Mineral Resources Bandar Alkhorayef, and other key figures.
Discussions will cover the global economic climate, the alignment of energy transition with national visions, the development of smart cities in the Gulf, and addressing food security challenges. "Vision Golfe" aims to showcase French expertise, brand quality, and excellence while addressing food security and sovereignty challenges.
Editor-in-Chief of Arab News, Faisal J. Abbas, will lead discussions on geopolitics and new business dynamics amid global uncertainties. The second day will focus on GCC countries leveraging artificial intelligence for digital transformation, handling global green logistics, and strategies for tourism development, including sports and entertainment.
Topics will include best practices for building lasting partnerships, opportunities for cooperation and investment, and the appeal of France as the most attractive European destination for foreign direct investments. Axel Baroux highlighted that French exports to the GCC amounted to $16.5 billion in 2022, with Saudi Arabia and the UAE being significant markets. "Vision Golfe" seeks to expedite commercial partnerships and open new opportunities across various sectors between France and key players in the Gulf, particularly Saudi Arabia.