For its 4th participation in the « Africa Down Under » conference, the French-Australian Chamber of Commerce organised a Business Seminar to promote its platform « French Speaking Africa » offering services for Australian companies willing to build business relationships with French Speaking African countries. The event was held on Thursday 7th September at Hopgood Ganim.
This business seminar has proved Australian companies’ interest in working with French and French Speaking African companies on the African continent.
The speakers underlined the hegemony of France in the oil and mining industries in French speaking Africa. The natural abundant resources of Africa also have been highlighted.
Josh Hunt, from HopGood Ganim, sponsor of the event, began the presentation by illustrating the presence and expertise of HopGood Ganim in the legislation of French speaking African countries.
The company, TechnipFMC, represented by Ashley Duncan, emphasized its ability to provide technical solutions for overseas companies. TechnipFMC has successfully worked on more than 200 projects in French speaking Africa. Headquartered in London and listed in New York and Paris stock exchanges, its annual revenue reaches US$14 billions in 2016. (A$17.5bn)
TechnipFMC has 3 production facilities in Ghana, Nigeria, Angola and is present in 14 African countries. In order to support its future offshore projects in Senegal and Mauritania, the company is planning to nominate a country manager in Dakar (Senegal) by the end of 2017.
A meticulous follow-up with the local population and suppliers seems to be the key to ensure a prosperous activity in the long-term, according to TechnipFMC.
John Muteba, Chairman and Co-founder of the Australian-DR Congo Chamber of Commerce & Industry (ACCCI) was enthusiastic about the “Moho Nord” project from TechnipFMC, taking place 75 kilometres from Pointe-Noire. This is the largest project development ever carried out in DRC.
John Muteba has mentioned the intention of the ACCCI to facilitate business, education and community exchanges between Australia and DRC. Throughout the presentation of the countless resources of the country, Mr Muteba focused his speech on the rapid growth prospects offered by these large resources in precious metal, especially Colbat.
The Democratic Republic of Congo owns 60% of the world’s Colbat, precious metal widely used by Asian companies manufacturing the iPhone and iPad.
Jonathan Li, research officer at the French Embassy in Australia, listed the similarities between France and French Speaking Africa. He underlined the French involvement on the African continent, in terms of investment in agriculture, finance and development, but also in terms of logistics. This is an expertise that France can make available to Australian companies.
In conclusion, Daniel Bredenkamp, executive director of Pitcher Partners, promoted the auditing expertise of his company. Pitcher Partners covers 18 countries in French speaking Africa and can assist the Australian companies settling overseas with their tax-related questions.
Christine Caseris, President of the FACCI WA Chapter, closed the business seminar by reminding the audience of the importance of the trilateral relationship between Australia, France and French Speaking African countries. “Understanding the language and the legislation of French speaking Africa plays a decisive role in the establishment of Australian companies on the African continent” she said.
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