ABIE Rentrée Dinner, 13 September 2017

On a rainy September evening in Paris, guests were welcomed with an aperitif in the Salon de Bals at Maceo, which was filled to capacity for the 2017 ABIE France Rentrée Dinner.

The President of ABIE France, Bernard Tabary, welcomed members and guests to the annual end-of-summer dinner, also representing Keolis, a member of the Corporate Club, which had generously sponsored the evening. During his address as guest of honour, Philippe Gautier, CEO of Medef International, explained the important work it does and highlighted the growing interest of French companies in Australia, as economic ties continue to strengthen between the two countries.

To familiarize guests with the scope of Medef Internationa’s activities, he indicated that in 2016 Medef International held 211 high level meetings worldwide with over 1 000 key decision makers and engaged with over 8 000 companies for meetings, events and long-term advocacy projects.

In March 2017, Australia received a visit from Jean-Marc Ayrault, the French Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, who spent three days in Australia with a delegation of French companies, in order to sign a global cooperation agreement with the Hon. Julie Bishop.  The delegation, organized by Medef, was led by Guillaume Pepy, Chairman of the France Australia Business Council of MEDEF and Chairman of national French rail company SNCF’s Executive Board, and Ross McInnes, Special Representative to the Minister for Australia and Chairman of the Board of Safran

Mr Gautier also spoke on the recent, major Naval Group contract and their plans to further develop partnerships in South Australia, as well as the upcoming trip by the European Australian Business Council ‘EABC’ in June.  He touched on the numerous opportunities for French companies in Australia and the need for a collective effort to facilitate the possibilities.

All in all it was convivial evening during which members were able to reconnect after the summer and new members were introduced to the business network.